Slicing Up the Museum
Gordon Matta-Clark's project to slice through the museum "like an orange" took place in the bitter cold of a Chicago winter.
What Gordon did was literally slice through the building floor by floor, creating what he said was an orange, like the segments of an orange peeled. And whatever was in the way of that curve—for instance, the most famous I think was the cutting through a medicine chest where the glass is now shaped like this. The floors were cut through.
The day that he cut through to the ceiling, it was snowing. Oh, I must tell you that it was February and it was freezing cold. It was bitter, bitter cold. So the day he was going to use the chainsaw to cut through the ceiling, he did it and then the snow was—it was still sunlight and the snow was falling through into the building. It was just—it was breathtaking, really beautiful.