New York - Exhibition

Vito Acconci: Where we are now (Who are we anyway?), 1976

MoMA PS1

19 Jun 201630 Aug 2016

As one of the exhibitions celebrating the institution’s 40th anniversary, MoMA PS1 presents a survey of early works by Vito Acconci, whose projects exemplify the energy and innovation of the decade that preceded the museum’s founding in 1976. Titled after one of his iconic pieces, VITO ACCONCI: WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?), 1976 is a solo exhibition of early works by the unconventional writer, poet, performance, video and conceptual artist, and designer/architect.

After enrolling in the University of Iowa’s MFA writing program during the early 1960s, Acconci began writing poetry and editing the publication 0-9. In 1968 he started staging performances and creating sound and video works. The exhibition presents Acconci as he developed his radical and subversive explorations of the human condition, sexuality, voyeurism, identity and physicality up to the moment that MoMA PS1 was founded.

Drawing on documentary materials, photographs, and film and video footage, VITO ACCONCI: WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?), 1976 traces Acconci’s early actions and performances, including FOLLOWING PIECE (1969), in which he followed passers-by on the street until they entered private spaces—SHADOW-PLAY (1970), in which he shadowboxed with a bright light shining behind him while moving in front of a wall—OPENINGS (1970), during which a camera focuses on Acconci’s stomach as he pulls out his body hair, the film ends when Acconci is hairless—SEEDBED (1972), during which he audibly masturbated for eight hours a day under a temporary floor at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York while visitors walked overhead—THE RED TAPES (1976-77), a three-part epic that merges video space with filmic space, evolving into complex amalgam of narrative strategies, photographic images, music and spoken language. The exhibition concludes with the reinstallation of Acconci’s WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?). Acconci’s work is made up of a wooden plank surrounded by stools. The plank continues through an open window and becomes a diving board suspended over the traffic below.

  • Vito Acconci, Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?), 1976Vito Acconci, Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?), 1976
  • Vito Acconci, Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?), 1976Vito Acconci, Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?), 1976

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OPENING:
mon, thu, fri, sat, sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
tue, wed

ADMISSION:
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ESTABLISHED:
1971

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