In 1977, the Bronx was burning. Shelled out buildings and random uncontrolled fires resembled the despair and destruction of bombed out European cities after the Second World War. Many members of the avant-garde were camped out downtown but a young firebrand artist, named Gordon Matta-Clark, saw an opportunity to use abandoned buildings as art forms and involve a neighborhood that was largely cut off from the rest of the city. It seems fitting, then that the Bronx Museum should honor Matta-Clark with a survey of his tragically shorted artistic life. The son of Chilean Surrealist Roberto Matta and American artist Anne Clark, Matta-Clark graduated from the Cornell University School of Architecture in 1969 and immediately commenced on an oeuvre that was heavily influenced by his architectural training and social activism. Starting in the South Bronx, Matta-Clark used abandoned buildings as canvases for his architectural cuttings which culminated in “Days End”, a site-specific work at a forgotten pier on the Hudson River. Largely working alone, Matta-Clark cut gigantic sections of the floor and outer wall and transformed a derelict eyesore into, what he described, a “Sun-and-Water-Temple”. At The Bronx Museum, through April 8.