“Vito Hannibal Acconci was an American designer, landscape architect, performance and installation artist best known for his controversial Body Art of the 1960s and ’70s. Born in The Bronx, New York, in 1940, Acconi attended Regis High School in New York City. He received a BA in literature from the College of the Holy Cross in 1962 and an MFA in literature and poetry from the University of Iowa.
In the late 1970s, Acconci began making sculptures referencing architecture and furniture.The scale of Acconci’s sculptures continued to grow, until he was making public art on a grand scale. From the late 1980s, the artist worked with Acconci Studio, located in Brooklyn, New York. This collaborative group, which included designers in addition to Acconci, developed several public artworks and architectural projects annually. On his own and with Acconci Studio, Acconci produced works for several college campuses and for airports in Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Acconci taught at numerous institutions, among them the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, San Francisco Art Institute, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of Visual Arts in New York, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Yale University in New Haven.
He also received the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award (1997) and two New York City Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design (1999 and 2004). He was a finalist for the Hugo Boss Prize in 2000
Vito Acconci died on April 28th, 2017.”