Doors, Through and Through (also called Doors, Floors, Doors), 1976 Three color photographs each: 20 x 16in (51 x 41cm)
Exhibition: Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Long Beach, University Art Museum, California State University; Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum; Abteiberg, Maonchengladbach,Stadtisches Museum; Switzerland, Kunsthalle Basel; Lyon/Villeurbanne,Le Nouveau Musee; Munster, Landesmuseum; Pittsburgh, Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie-Mellon University; Ithaca, Johnson Museum, Cornell University; Sasaktchewan, Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina, "Gordon Matta-Clark: A Retrospective," 1985, illustrated in color, p. 92
For the inaugural exhibition in June 1976, of P.S. 1 (Project Studios 1), entitled "Rooms P.S. 1," Gordon Matta-Clark was selected as one of seventy eight artists to choose a space in this former public school and install or execute a work. He chose to use the floor area in front of three doors that were located above each other on three consecutive floors of the old wing. He cut a door-shaped hole that projected out from the threshold of each of the actual doors, creating a view that extended through the three floors of the building. These cuts had the illusion of being a series of trap doors or shadows cast onto the floor by the doors to which they were contiguous. He created a kind of confused perspective as the three holes (in spite of the floor studs still remaining within each) also took on the look of three open doors - as floors became doors - a reference reinforced by the strong association with their conventional door dimensions. This illusion was maintained in Matta-Clark's related photoseries in which the images of the holes are presented upright.