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Food (1971)
You can’t have an artists’ enclave without an artists’ hangout, so Matta-Clark co-founded this restaurant, at Prince and Wooster Streets, with artists, students, and dancers Carol Goodden, Tina Girouard, Suzanne Harris, and Rachel Lew. There, he blurred the line between restaurant and performance space, composing memorable menus (one dinner consisted entirely of bones) and inviting artists such as Donald Judd and Mark di Suvero to serve as guest chefs. A film chronicles a day in the life of the restaurant, from an early-morning trip to the Fulton Fish Market to the baking of the next day’s bread. Food survived into the eighties; today, those boarded-up windows on the second floor inspire mostly real-estate longing.


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