• Vito Acconci, Instant House, 1980.

    Vito Acconci, Instant House, 1980.

    Vito Acconci: Acts of Architecture

    Aspen Art Museum
    637 East Hyman
    June 7–September 1, 2002

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Boulevard
    September 29–November 25, 2001

    Miami Art Museum
    101 West Flagler Street
    December 2, 2001–March 3, 2002

    Milwaukee Art Museum
    700 N. Art Museum Drive
    March 22–May 19, 2002

    An innovator in the field of discomfort, Vito Acconci is nonetheless fascinated by furniture and the home, both of which are best when as comfortable as possible. The objects and installations he began to generate in 1980, the kickoff point for “Acts of Architecture,” force the body into interactions that at the very least provoke a heightened physical self-consciousness. Says curator Dean Sobel (formerly of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the show’s organizing venue), “It was surprising to me how little this work has been seen in a cohesive way.” Even so, Acconci is a progenitor for a whole school of younger artists working with architecture, sculpture, and design.