Vito Acconci. Following Piece. 1969

Gelatin silver prints, felt-tip pen, and map on board, Frame: 33 15/16 x 43 11/16 x 1 1/4" (86.2 x 111 x 3.1 cm)
Image: 29 15/16 x 40 3/16" (76 x 102 cm). Partial gift of the Daled Collection and partial purchase through the generosity of Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Agnes Gund, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, and Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley. © 2022 Vito Acconci

Director, Glenn Lowry: The artist, Vito Acconci.

Artist, Vito Acconci: The usual situation of art is contemplation. But in contemplation, one person's always in some way passive. I wanted the viewer to be more active. So I wanted to set up an interaction, maybe even a collision, with some kind of exchange, between artist and viewer.

First I started thinking about me then I started thinking about me and another person. Then I started thinking about me and another person in a space.

I think of art as a way of thickening the plot, complicating something. You take a situation that ordinarily exists in the world, and you say, ‘What happens if I turn it upside down? What happens if I turn it inside out?’ In that sense, I think of myself as an artist.

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