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[bio] Vito Acconci [e]


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*1940 in the Bronx, New York; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York [USA]

After studying at Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA, [B.A., 1962] and at the University of Iowa [M.F.A., 1964], Acconci began writing fiction and poetry, treating the page as a self-enclosed space for writer and reader to travel through.
In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Acconci started using performance, film and video as instruments of self-analysis and for the exploration of person-to-person relationships. In the mid-70’s, he designed audio and video installations that turned exhibition spaces into community meeting-places. The main focus of Acconci's work in the early 80's was the exploration of the concept of participatory sculpture, the construction of performative spaces for viewers whose activity resulted in the construction and deconstruction of house-like structures. During the mid-80’s, Acconci turned to projects in the field of architecture, resp. landscape-architecture, and furniture design.
In the late 80's, he founded the »Acconci Studio«, a group of architects design ing projects for public places.

Solo Exhibitions | Group Exhibitions | Grants and Awards | Bibliography | Recommended Links

Solo Exhibitions

»Architecure Projects: Built, Unbuilt, Unbuildable. 1983-2001«, ICAR Foundation, Paris [F]
»Para-Cities: Models for Public Spaces«, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol [UK]

»Vito Acconci: Skatepark«, Institute Français d’Architecture, Paris [F]

»Vito Acconci: Old, Refined, and Re-Viewed«, Stroom, The Hague [NL]

»Vito Acconci: Living Off The Museum«, Centro Gellego de Art Contemporanea, Santiago de Campostola [E]

»Vito Acconci: Private Houses«, American Fine Arts, New York [USA]
»Vito Acconci: The City Inside Us«, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna [A]

»Vito Acconci«, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble [F]
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York [USA]

Sonnabend Gallery, New York [USA]

»Vito Acconci: Public Places«, Museum of Modern Art, New York; [USA]

The Brooklyn Museum, New York [USA]

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York [USA]


Group Exhibitions

»Playing Amongst the Ruins«, Royal College of Art, London [UK]

»Video Time«, Museum of Modern Art, New York [USA]
»media_city Seoul. Contemporary Art and TEchnology Biennial«, Seoul [South Korea]

»Seeing Time: Selections from the Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection«, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco [USA]; ZKM_Karlsruhe [D] [2000|01]

»Out of Actions: between performance and the object, 1949 - 1979«, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles [USA]
»Voices«, Witte de With, Rotterdam [NL]; Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona [E]; Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing [F]

»documenta X«, Kassel [D]
»Heaven«, P.S.1, New York [USA]

»Sex and Crime. On Human Relationships«, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hanover [D]
»NowHere«, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk [DK]
»Pasion Privée«, Musée d'art moderne, Paris [F]

»Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon«, Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon [F]
»Self Construction«, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna [A]
»ARS 95«, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki [FIN]

»Hors limites«, Centre George Pompidou, Paris [F]
»Acting Out [The Body in Video: Then and Now]«, Royal College of Art, London [UK]

»The Language of Art«, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna [A]

»Whitney Biennial«, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York [USA]

»Single Shots: A Video History of Personal Expressions«, Institut of Contemporary Art, Boston [USA]

»Het Lumineuze Beeld/ The Luminous Image«, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam [NL]

»Minimalism to Expressionism«, Whiteney Museum of American Art, New York [USA]

»Documenta 7«, Kassel [D]
»De la catastrophe«, Centre d'art contemporain, Geneva [CH]

»Video Art: An Overview«, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco [USA]
»La Biennale di Venezia«, Venice [I]

»XIIe Sao Paulo Biennial«, Sao Paulo [BR]
»Bodyworks«, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago [USA]
»Video Art«, The Museum of Modern Art, New York [USA]


Grants and Awards

Architecture Fellowship of the New York Foundation for the Arts [USA], 2000; The Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists [USA], 2000; AIA New York Chapter Special Citation [USA], 1999; ID Magazine Award for Excellence in Design, 1999, 1988; Sculpture Center Award for Lifetime Achievement [USA], 1997; Skowhegan Award [USA], 1980; Guggenheim fellowship, New York [USA], 1979.



Vito Acconci/Acconci Studio: Para-Cities, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 2001; Anne M. Wagner: »Performance, Video, and the Rhetoric of Presence«, in: October, 31, Fall 2000, pp. 59-80; Vito Acconci: »Making Public: The Writing and Reading of Public Space«, in: Heterotopies/Heterotopias, Geneva 2000, pp. 118-124; Tamara Getter: »Vito Acconci - A Conversation with Tamara Getter«, in: Studio, November 1999, pp. 27-37; Heinz Shultz: »Vito Acconci: Die Bedeutung von Öffentlichkeit«, in: Kunstforum, 144, March/April 1999, pp. 286-295; Vito Acconci: »Bodies of Land«, in: Transcript, 1, 2, 1998, pp. 5-33; Hans Ulrich Obrist: »Unbuilt Roads«, in: Contemporary Visual Arts, 20, 1998, pp. 36-38; Jeff Rian: »I Never Wanted to be Political: I Wanted the Work to be Politics«, [interview], in: Flash Art, January/February 1994, pp. 84-87; Vito Acconci: The City Inside Us, exhib cat. Museum für Angewandte Kunst Wien, Vienna 1993; Vito Acconci: Public Space in a Private Time, in: Critical Inquiry, 16, 4, Summer 1990, pp. 900-918; Vito Acconci: Public Places, exhib. cat. Museum of Modern Art, New York 1988; Vito Acconci: »Projections of Home«, in: Artforum, XXVI, March 1988, pp. 126-128; Vito Acconci: The House and Furnishings as Social Metaphor, USF Art Galleries, University of South Florida, Tampa 1986; Hal Foster: »For a Concept of the Political in Art«, in: Art in America, April 1984, pp. 17-25; Vito Acconci: »Devices for Guard and Prisoners. [Notes]«, in: Rampike 3, 1, 1983, pp. 12-13; Vito Acconci, A Retrospective: 1969 to 1980, exhib. cat. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 1980; Vito Acconci: »Situation Esthetics: Impermanent Art and the Seventies Audience«, in: Artforum, January 1980, p. 22; Rosalind Krauss: »Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism«, in: October, Spring 1976, pp. 50-64.


Recommended Links

- > detailed biography

- > Acconci Studio : Homepage

- > Vito Acconci: »Public Space in a private Time«
[lecture on the occassion of the symposium »Andere Orte. Andere Kunst«, Kartause Ittingen [CH], 1997]

° Works/ Projects by Vito Acconci

- > »Pornography in the Classroom«, [video-, audio installation], 1975

- > severals works by Vito Acconi [e.g., »Cry Baby«! [installation], The Clocktower, New York; November, 1977; »Three columns for America», 1976], as part of the exhibition »Volume: Bed of Sound«, P.S.1, New York [USA], 2000




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