ODD LOTS: Seminar by Sina Najafi

ODD LOTS: Seminar by Sina Najafi

Moving between municipal planning archives, the artist’s estate and the changing fabric of Queens/NYC, the presentation will deal with Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Fake Estates” and the conditions under which the artist’s unfinished project was posthumously transformed into fourteen artworks available for sale to major institutions.

ODD LOTS / seminar by Sina Najafi
Tuesday Oct 13th, 1000-1200 in Research Architecture Studio, Goldsmiths RHB 312

The seminar is open to all CRA students and (by appointment) to graduate students from Visual Cultures and Visual Arts.

SINA NAJAFI is an essayist and curator, editor-in-chief of Cabinet Magazine / NYC

Gordon Matta-Clark and Fake Estates:In the early 1970s, Matta-Clark discovered that the City of New York periodically auctioned off “gutterspace”—unusably small slivers of land sliced from the city grid through anomalies in surveying, zoning, and public-works expansion. He purchased fifteen of these lots, fourteen in Queens and one in Staten Island. Over the next years, he collected the maps, deeds, and other bureaucratic documentation attached to the slivers; photographed, spoke, and wrote about them; and considered using them as sites for his unique brand of “anarchitectural” intervention into urban space. Matta-Clark died in 1978 at the age of 35 without realizing his plans for Fake Estates, and ownership of the properties reverted to the city. The archival material that he had assembled went into storage and was not rediscovered until the early 1990s, when it was assembled into exhibitable collages. Thus,Fake Estates has emerged not only as a mordant commentary on issues surrounding property, materiality, and disappearance that marked the whole of Matta-Clark’s career, but as artifacts of his own estate, reminders of the powers of absence and presence that govern our relationship to the past.

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