Vito Acconci morphed slowly into an architect from the worlds of art and poetry. His art work moved from audio performances and the written page in the 1970s to installation pieces that were increasingly sculptural objects in space. In these newer works, he was always conscious of the public nature of space, so it was a natural evolution for him to begin thinking about designing public sculpture and even buildings.
His boundary-defying work included his co-design (with Steven Holl) of the façade for the Storefront for Art and Architecture in 1993. Acconci passed away earlier this year in April. Last week The Storefront hosted a celebration of his life, that included YOU ARE HERE (& there, too, etc), 2013, an audio piece commissioned by the gallery in 2013. The evening also included tributes by James Wines, Steven Holl, Bernard Tschumi, Benjamin Aranda and others.
Now the Storefront, together with the Acconci estate and studio has installed In Recognition: Vito Acconci, a tribute wall in the Kenmare Street gallery that asks visitors to write or draw memories of Acconci and reflect on the meaning of his work. The piece will remain on view through Friday, December 22, 2017. The public is encouraged to contribute to the wall that will become a permanent part of the artist’s archive. The Storefront is located at 97 Kenmare Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Bernard Tschumi giving remarks at In Recognition at Storefront (Eva Franch/Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture)