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Vito Acconci

Cover of Avalanche 6 (Fall 1972). Vito Acconci.

I FIRST MET VITO ACCONCI sometime late in the year 2000. By happenstance, a couple of local galleries had organized secondary-market exhibitions of his performance photography from the 1970s, and as a young writer then working for Time Out New York, I thought of going directly to the artist for comment. Acconci had recently forgone—or lost, depending on whom you asked—all gallery representation, having publicly declared his departure from the field of art for the disciplines of architecture and design. In light of such bold pronouncements (perhaps, I surmised, a polemical holdover from his youthful days as a poet studying at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop), I was a little surprised to get Acconci himself on the phone when I blindly called his DUMBO studio. And I was struck all the more when he promptly invited me over, giving hours of his time to speak about his work with

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