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A Performance Situation Using Walking, Running

Artist:
Vito Acconci (American, Bronx, New York 1940–2017 New York)
Date:
1969
Medium:
Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions:
16.5 x 24.1 cm (6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. ) each
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.295a–d
Rights and Reproduction:
© Vito Acconci/ Acconci Studio
Not on view
In 1969 Acconci moved from poetry to creating photographic works that used the medium to document "performance situations"-preconceived activities executed before a live audience or in private. In this piece he set himself the simple task of walking back and forth in front of the camera and recording his position at fixed intervals, a process close in spirit to the "task performances" of his contemporary the avant-garde choreographer Yvonne Rainer.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on verso (of each print in descending order): "21 // 25 // 30 // 32"; inscribed in ink on verso (of each print in descending order): "A performance situation using walking, running 1969 // #1 // #2 // #3 // #4"
the artist; Addison Thompson; David Winter; Steve Kasher; Ubu Gallery

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Photographs from the Collection IX," July 20, 2004–January 16, 2005.

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