The community programming planned for the exhibition Urban Alchemy/Gordon Matta-Clark seeks to reactivate Matta-Clark's legacy of socially-engaged art drawn from the urban environment and the people who bring life to the community, but to do so in programs that are relevant to St. Louis. These programs build upon the idea of Matta-Clark as an alchemist, one who takes objects and parcels of land with little-to-no perceived value and who, through acts of creation, imbues them with new worth, symbolically and practically.

By engaging the community in acts of individual and collective transformation of all types, the Pulitzer hopes to help carry Matta-Clark's legacy into the 21st century and inspire a new generation of social activism through creative acts.


October 30, 2009 - June 5, 2010

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts