MAM Screen 002: Film Documentations by Gordon Matta-Clark

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About "MAM Screen"

The development of video art, which first appeared in the 1960s, has progressed in leaps and bounds alongside innovations in video technology. As the number of video installations combining multiple media also grows, under the "MAM Screen" program single-channel video works from around the world will be screened daily over the period of the relevant exhibition, on a massive 280-inch screen. This program was re-launched as an initiative independent of the exhibition framework, to enable visitors to view works on video in concentrated fashion, and at their leisure.

MAM Screen 002: Film Documentations by Gordon Matta-Clark

This edition of "MAM Screen" series will showcase Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-78), whose works convey the performative practice of his era, the 1970s, to us via the documentary nature of video. He was involved in a variety of activities including the creation of sculptures and installations, performance, and running of a restaurant although he was best known for his large-scale "building cut" projects, which he documented in numerous films and videos. In this exhibition, in addition to films of two famous projects, Splitting (1974), in which he cuts in two a house in New Jersey and Conical Intersect (1975), in which he cuts a hole in two houses scheduled for demolition due redevelopment in Paris, we also present lesser known works, including Clockshower (1973), a recording of a performance in which the artist himself climbs to the top of a clock tower in Manhattan and washes, shaves and brushes his teeth. These projects are all transitory, but how are the circumstances on each site recreated in the film documentations? Wouldn't it be possible to think of them as independent artworks separate from the projects themselves?

  1. 1. Fresh Kill (1972) 12 min. 56 sec.
  2. 2. Clockshower (1973) 13 min. 50 sec.
  3. 3. Splitting (1974) 10 min. 50 sec.
  4. 4. Conical Intersect (1975) 18 min. 40 sec.

Conical Intersect
Color, silent, 16 mm film on video
18 min. 40 sec.
Courtesy and photo courtesy: Electronic
Arts Intermix (EAI)
© Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / ARS,
N.Y. & JASPAR, Tokyo

General Information

Period: Saturday, July 25 - Monday, October 12, 2015
Organizer: Mori Art Museum
Curated by: Kondo Kenichi (Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Venue: Mori Art Museum

Open Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Tuesdays: 10:00-17:00)
* Tuesday of September 22 open until 22:00.
* Admission until 30 minutes before closing.
* Open everyday.

Admission: Adult: ¥1,800
University / Highschool student: ¥1,200
Child (Age 4 up to Junior highschool student): ¥600
Senior (Age 65 & over): ¥1,500
* All prices include tax.
* Ticket also valid for "Dinh Q. Lê," "MAM Collection," "MAM Research."
* Ticket also valid for Tokyo City View observation deck.
* Additional entrance fee to the Sky Deck is required.
Inquiries: +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)

Notice about "MAM Screen 002"

* The program is approximately 60 minutes long. Each screening starts half past every hour during the Museum open hours, with the last screening starting at 20:30 daily, except for regular Tuesdays (the last screening starting at 15:30).

Due to some exhibition-related events and programs, the screening may be temporarily unavailable during the following time-frame;
* Please note that events will be added.

12:30- until closing time Saturday, July 25 (Last screening starts at 11:30)
12:30-17:30 Sunday, July 26  
17:30- until closing time Thursday, July 30 (Last screening starts at 16:30)
17:30- until closing time Friday, July 31 (Last screening starts at 16:30)
10:00-15:30 Sunday, August 2  
10:00-12:30 Monday, August 3  
10:00-12:30 Tuesday, August 4  
10:00-12:30 Wednesday, August 5  
10:00-12:30 Thursday, August 6  
10:00-17:00 Tuesday, August 18  
10:00-17:00 Thursday, August 20  
12:30-16:30 Saturday, August 29  
12:30-17:30 Saturday, September 12  
10:00-16:30 Sunday, September 13  
12:30-18:30 Wednesday, September 23  
12:30-16:30 Saturday, September 26  
16:30- until closing time Friday, October 2 (Last screening starts at 15:30)

Notice Regarding Photography in the Gallery

Photography is not permitted in the gallery of "MAM Screen 002: Film Documentations by Gordon Matta-Clark" exhibition.