New York

Vito Acconci and Steven Holl

Storefront for Art and Architecture

In the past few years, the maverick organization Storefront for Art and Architecture has invited artists to subvert not only the conventional function but the very architectural structure of the gallery space. Utilizing strategies of surveillance, confounding the viewer’s expectations of a protected interiority, artists and architects have exploited this Lilliputian, homely, wedge-shaped space to undermine traditional art environments. On two earlier occasions, artists have flexed their muscles to cut through the grimy exterior wall of Storefront to produce a certain permeability between interior (art) and exterior (life). Now Vito Acconci and Steven Holl have gone beyond making a surgical incision in the wall and performed a complete autopsy on the building. The south wall was cut, splayed, and clamped so that every viewer participated in the forensic examination that confirmed the perilous

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