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I WANT TO POSITION the work of Gordon Matta-Clark at an intersection that brings together not only sculpture and architecture but also space, light, and politics. At this intersection cells of illogical, surreal space are juxtaposed with the conventional containment of the museum; intricate photomontage, the inverse of the slicing process, can reconstitute what has been dismantled; and “nonarchitecture” premised on a critique of performed action can become a blueprint for utopian renewal, reintegrating a vision of architecture on the ruins of disorientation.

The double-titled Circus or The Caribbean Orange, February 1978, was the last of three major works organized around circular forms that Matta-Clark completed before his death, later that year, aged 35. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago had recently acquired an adjacent three-story townhouse to be renovated into additional space.

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