Gordon Matta-Clark at BxMA

I’m pleased to announce the publication of my essay, “Directing Energy: Gordon Matta-Clark’s Pursuit of Social Sculpture,” in the catalogue for the exhibition Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect at the Bronx Museum, open from November 12, 2017 to April 8, 2018. The essay discusses Matta-Clark’s socially engaged projects, including Food, Fresh Air CartGraffiti Truck, and the Resource Center and Environmental Youth Program for Loisaida.

Cara Jordan, “Directing Energy: Gordon Matta-Clark’s Pursuit of Social Sculpture,” Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, exh. cat. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017), 36-63.

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Back to the GC!

I’m pleased to announce that for the academic year 2017–2018, I will be the Provost’s Fellow in the Arts and Assistant to the Director at the Center for the Humanities at the City University of New York Graduate Center. In my new position, I will be working with the acting director, sculptor Keith Wilson, on academic conferences and workshops, in addition to assisting with exhibitions.

Our first projects include Block Party: Peter Krashes (Sep 15–Oct 28), an exhibition Keith co-curated with Katherine Carl at the James Gallery featuring paintings by Prospect Heights–activist Krashes, and the symposium “Casting the Curriculum: The Parthenon Marbles, Plaster Casts, and Public Sculpture” (Oct 24), a day-long event to welcome CCNY’s long-term loan of plaster casts made of the Elgin marbles to the GC.

Small Updates

I’m happy to report that this semester I’ve returned to teaching at CUNY’s City College while I finish Peter Halley’s catalogue raisonné (coming out this summer!) and an essay for the Bronx Museum’s Gordon Matta-Clark show this fall.

Article on Seismopolite

My new article, “Appealing for an Alternative: Ecology and Environmentalism in Joseph Beuys’ Projects of Social Sculpture,” is posted on  Seismopolite: Journal of Art and Politics in their second issue on Art & Political Ecology. In it, I discuss how Joseph Beuys dealt with the aftermath of the Second World War in West Germany and sought alternatives to a political system that he felt did not address the needs of the public. The article is primarily concerned with his ecological and environmental activism.

Lecture on Social Sculpture in the USA at Zeppelin Universität, Friedrichshafen, 29 Oct

I will be presenting on my PhD research at the symposium “From Social Sculpture to Art Related Action” at Zeppelin Universität in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on Saturday, 29 October 2016. My paper, entitled “Open to Interpretation: The Resonance of Social Sculpture in the United States,” will explore Beuys’ concept of social sculpture through the work of U.S. artists Suzanne Lacy and Rick Lowe. The symposium will take place Oct 28-29 and will also include talks by Grant Kester, Andrew McNiven, Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Rainer Rappmann, John Roberts, Christof Salzmann, Ulrike Shepherd, Johannes Stüttgen, and Karen van den Berg.