Get to Know Him: Gordon Matta Clark & Food
Nowadays restaurants that serve experimental, seasonal, local fare are becoming more and more commonplace. But in 1971, that wasn’t exactly the case. Therefore it’s extra cool that during that time artist Gordon Matta Clark, known for his “building cuts,” opened his restaurant Food, a progressive, artist owned-and-operated dining space that specialized in exotic (raw fish and bone marrow were among common menu items — hardly the foodie staples they are now) and locally-sourced foods in the Soho neighborhood of New York City, which was then only beginning to become gentrified. Clark and his then-girlfriend, Carol Goodden staffed the restaurant with like-minded creative types (Robert Rauschenberg’s assistant Hisachika Takahashi was the first to serve sushi there) and served bone-themed prixe fixe menus ($4!!!) after which you were given jewelry fashioned from the bones. You know in Midnight In Paris, how Owen Wilson’s character wants to go back to Paris in the 1920’s? Well, now I know where I’d want to go.
Below are some vintage shots of Food as well as an interview with a former employee and a link to a Clark-directed, full-length feature about the restaurant. And in case you weren’t familiar with how amazing Clark’s site-specific, “anarchitecture” works are, I’ve included some images of those as well.