Program Two

1971-72, 50:32 min, b&w, silent
1971, 9:32 min, b&w, silent, 16 mm film on video
1972, 41 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film on video

Tree Dance

For the exhibition Twenty-Six by Twenty Six at the Vassar College of Art Gallery in Poughkeepsie, New York, Matta-Clark created a performance inspired by spring fertility rituals. He performed in a structure made of ladders, ropes and other materials, which he built at the top of a large tree.

Open House

In May 1972, Matta-Clark installed an industrial waste container between 98 and 112 Greene Street in New York's SoHo district. He collected discarded doors and pieces of timber and divided the interior into three openings. This piece records an opening-day site performance by the artist, Tina Girouard, Keith Sonnier, and other friends.


This is a video transfer of works initially shot on film. This is best shown as a projection, to reflect the original medium.
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