Artist Vito Acconci holds book launch at NYC Center
Over 200 people packed AAP’s NYC Center on February 16 for a book launch by celebrated installation artist/architect Vito Acconci. The occasion was Charta's publication of his new book, Diary of a Body, 1969–1973.
Introduced by the chair of the Department of Art, Buzz Spector, Acconci lectured and presented slides on his work from 1969 to 1973, when he used his own body as a subject for video and performance work as well as still photography. The book offers meticulous notes and documentation of some 200 performances or works from the period.
Originally a poet, Acconci turned to visual arts in the late 1960s. More recently, he has worked primarily in architecture and landscape design. He has created many works for public spaces, including the Palladium in New York City.
He has had solo exhibitions at such institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1980); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1983); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1988).