Bronx Museum exhibit critiques borough's architecture

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An exhibition at the Bronx Museum of the Arts aims to critique the borough's architecture.

Artist Gordon Matta-Clark first came up with the idea for a so-called "garbage wall" for Earth Day in the 1970s as a way to recycle material, according to his co-curator and stepdaughter Jessamyn Fiore.

Matta-Clark took the materials from underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, and now a replica of the original piece is part of the new exhibit.

"He made art that was of New York City, of the material of New York City, trying to address some of the crises that were going on in the city at the time," Fiore says.

To duplicate the wall, teens who are part of the Bronx Museum's counseling center collected trash from around the borough. It joins more than 100 pieces on display at the museum as part of the "Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect" exhibit.

Matta-Clark was a trained architect, but instead of building homes, he took some down and made that a part of his art. The series is called "Bronx Floors" and has been on display at the Museum of Modern Art. The Bronx Museum has borrowed it for the new series.

"Do an anatomy of a building and therefore do a critique of modern architecture at the time," Matta-Clark says.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday, Nov. 8 through April 8.

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