Architecture and Writings by Vito Acconci
Thursday October 26, 2023
Hosted with anonymous gallery
Image: Vito Acconci and Steven Holl, Rendering of Storefront Facade, 1993
Thursday, October 26th, 2023
6pm – 8pm
97 Kenmare Street,
New York, NY, 10012
An evening of readings of the work of artist Vito Acconci —author of Storefront’s iconic facade with architect Steven Holl— by Justin Beal, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Elliot Reed. The event is organized by David Lindsay on the occasion of anonymous gallery’s exhibition Vito Acconci – Here, There, on view through October 28.
From his beginnings in poetry to one of his most charged and transitional films, the exhibition Here, There, explores the core of Acconci’s long and varied practice – a commitment to pushing the boundaries of what language can achieve, both as carriers of meaning and as sonic elements that can evoke emotional response.
Acconci’s lesser known work as a poet is characterized by an exploratory nature, often using words as the means for the dissolution of traditional distinctions between author and audience. Through his interactive and participatory use of wordplay, he invites the public to become an active collaborator in the construction of meaning. This engagement transforms the act of reading into a dynamic and interactive experience, blurring the lines between the solitary act of reading and the communal act of performance. Read more about the exhibition here.
About the Participants
Justin Beal is an artist and writer. He was co-curator of the exhibition Public Space in a Private Time: Building Storefront for Art and Architecture, organized on the occasion of the 40th anniversary. He currently sits on Storefront’s board of directors.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Her practice is invested in the shifting ecosystems of Black epistemologies and the agile relationships between the varied modes of reading, writing, archiving, editing, translating, publishing, reflecting upon, and arranging narratives about lived Black experiences.
Elliot Reed is an artist, based in New York working across video, dance, performance, and sculpture. He received his MA in Choreography from Master EXERCE ICI-CCN in Montpellier France, and is a member of The Whitney Museum ISP 23-24 cohort.
David Lindsay is a poet, visual artist, curator and writer currently residing in New York. His work explores the edge of our built environment and its flowers. And where to go from there. He is a curator of poetry working at large, as well as with Artist Space, Segue Foundation, and anonymous Gallery. He is currently a candidate for a Masters in Fine Arts at Bard College.