GORDON MATTA-CLARK'S CITY SLIVERS
ON THE HIGH LINE
Presentation launches new High Line Channel
EAI is pleased to collaborate with High Line Art, a program of Friends of the High Line, to present Gordon Matta-Clark's 1976 City Slivers on the High Line, New York City's acclaimed elevated public park. The presentation of Matta-Clark's City Slivers, which is part of EAI's 40th anniversary programming, will launch High Line Channel, a new outdoor video program featuring daily screenings. City Slivers was originally created by Matta-Clark for projection on the exterior façade of the Municipal Building in Lower Manhattan. The piece is an ode to New York City's landscape and a dynamic formal investigation of the city's urban architecture.
City Slivers will be projected on a building to the east of the High Line at West 22nd Street, where it will be visible from the park's Seating Steps, as well as the sidewalk on West 22nd Street—less than a block from EAI.
Gordon Matta-Clark, City Slivers. 1976, 15 min, color, silent.
In City Slivers, Gordon Matta-Clark uses mattes to partially cover the camera lens, fragmenting the film frame into narrow vertical strips that offer glimpses of urban life and captures the syncopated rhythm and texture of the city: aerial views of taxi-filled avenues, the Empire State Building presiding over the Manhattan skyline, and people moving through revolving doors. The static buildings and architectural structures contrast with the ceaseless flow of traffic and pedestrians. The dark bands suggest a parallel to the spaces, openings, and voids that Matta-Clark created by cutting into buildings and architectural elements. In this way City Slivers extends the artist's radical investigations of architecture, deconstruction, space, and urban environments into time-based media.
Gordon Matta-Clark was born in New York in 1943 and died in 1978. He studied French literature at the Sorbonne and Architecture at Cornell University. From the early 1970s, as a founding member of the artist-run Food Restaurant in New York's SoHo neighborhood, Matta-Clark participated in numerous group exhibitions and projects. His work was presented in Documenta V, Kassel, Germany; and at exhibitions in Sao Paolo, Berlin, Zurich, and in the 9th Biennale de Paris. Major projects by Matta-Clark were staged in Aachen, Paris and Antwerp. Following his death, major retrospective exhibitions have been organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany; and IVAM Centro Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain, among others. In 2007, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among others.
About High Line Art
High Line Art is a program presented by Friends of the High Line that commissions innovative, temporary, and site-specific artworks to provide park visitors with a unique and enriching experience and introduce contemporary artists to a wide audience. More than six million visitors have come to the High Line since the first section opened in 2009.
About the High Line and Friends of the High Line
The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan's West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line's preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park's annual operating budget, and to advocate for the transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.
EAI: Celebrating 40 Years
Founded in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is one of the world's leading nonprofit resources for video art. A pioneering advocate for media art and artists, EAI fosters the creation, exhibition, distribution, and preservation of video art and digital art. EAI's core program is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of over 3,500 new and historical media works by artists. EAI's activities include viewing access, educational services, extensive online resources, and public programs such as artists' talks, exhibitions and panels. The Online Catalogue is a comprehensive resource on the artists and works in the EAI collection, and also features extensive materials on exhibiting, collecting and preserving media art: www.eai.org
Visit Circa 1971: Early Video & Film from the EAI Archive, an exhibition of 20 moving-image works at Dia:Beacon, organized on the occasion of EAI's 40th Anniversary.
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