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For Matta-Clark, the venue became a creative laboratory in which he, among other projects, dug out the basement to create a “guerrilla” garden; recycled glass bottles; papered the walls; offered channels for fresh air; turned a dumpster into an open house; and collaborated on a critique of the role of art, architecture, and language in capitalist society with the Anarchitecture Group who met weekly at the space. Due to its many performance-based projects, the space quickly earned recognition as a leading forum for live art, and staged some of the earliest performances by Trisha Brown, The Philip Glass Ensemble, and Mabou Mines. Other signiﬁcant artists who frequently presented their work at the venue included Vito Acconci, Tina Girouard, Suzanne Harris, Jene Highstein, Larry Miller, Richard Nonas, and Alan Saret.
Jessamyn Fiore is a writer, curator and co-director of the Gordon Matta-Clark Estate. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY, in 2002, Fiore moved to Ireland where she ran her own theatre company for three years. In 2007 Jessamyn became the director of Thisisnotashop, an independent art gallery dedicated to supporting emerging artists based in Dublin, Ireland. She received a Masters in contemporary art theory, practice, and philosophy from The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 2009. In 2010 she moved back to New York City where she has curated a number of exhibitions, including the group show 112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970-1974) at David Zwirner Gallery in 2011. In 2012, she edited the accompanying publication 112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970–1974) published by David Zwirner and Radius Books.
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