Gordon Matta-Clark

Breathing Apparatus for “Fresh Air Cart”

Gordon Matta-Clark, Breathing Apparatus for “Fresh Air Cart”

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978)
Breathing Apparatus for “Fresh Air Cart”
plastic breathing apparatus with a paper photocopied description of the “Fresh Air Cart” taken from the artist's catalogue raisonné, Museum of Contemporary Art Guest Pass, and Matt-Clark postcard, all in a clear ziploc pouch bearing the MCA's printed label 
8h x 5 1/2w x 1 3/4d in


This packaged plastic respirator mask was produced in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's seminal 1985 Gordon Matta-Clark retrospective. It was provided for viewer participation in the exhibition's installation of the artist’s, “Fresh Air Cart,” a small vehicle on four wheels equipped with two seats and a tank of "pure" air (79% nitrogen and 21% oxygen). The “Fresh Air Cart” was Matta-Clark’s statement against air pollution and was first seen in 1972 for a performance in New York’s Wall Street District, at which time passers-by were invited to breathe clean air through the masks.  

an unused example in good vintage condition in its original pouch