After the house lights went down, Acconci crossed a darkened stage (from right to left) over the course of three minutes and periodically took flash photographs; the members of the audience did not realize that their jaded, uncomfortable, and giddy responses to his invisible transit were the substance of the work. Like contemporaries Dan Graham and Chris Burden, Acconci applied the systems and tasklike processes of Minimalism to real-time, body-oriented performances that blurred the lines between private and public, artist and audience. The artist Robert Smithson can be seen seated in the second row on the aisle.
Inscription: Each print numbered in pencil; stamped in black ink with artist's stamp; see object file
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Series and Sequence: Modern Photographs from the Collection," October 24, 2006–April 22, 2007.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Between Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography," July 2, 2010–February 13, 2011.
Jed Bark identifies some of the individuals pictured as follows: .1 - Les Levine = Man with glasses & striped shirt, 1st row; Robert Smithson = Man with glasses, looking bored, 2nd row; Nancy Holt = next to Smithson; Lil Picard = Woman in profile.
Artist: Vito Acconci (American, born Bronx, New York, 1940)Date: 1971Medium: Single-channel digital video, tranferred from video tape, black-and-white, sound, 22 min., 28 sec.Accession: 2010.239On view in:Not on view
Artist: Vito Acconci (American, born Bronx, New York, 1940)Date: 1970Medium: Single-channel digital video, transferred from Super-8 film, black-and-white and color, silent, 12 min., 30 sec.Accession: 2010.238On view in:Not on view