Born in 1940, Vito Acconci a conceptual artist. He creates in several different media including prints, poetry, performance works, installations, bodyworks, videos and architectural installations. While his early works in the 1960s and 1970s focused on performance based art, these later translated into installation pieces eliciting viewer involvement. His later work continues to address the dichotomy between public and private space. He has a B.A. from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, as well as a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.
Though primarily an architect and sculptor, Acconci is also a printmaker. Most significantly, Acconci created one monumental etching and a series of three small etchings using conventional techniques, shaped plates and embossing in the mid 1980s.
Vito Acconci has worked as a professor for several institutions such as Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia; Cooper Union; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Yale University; Pratt Institute; and the Parsons School of Design, as well as Brooklyn College. His work is featured in museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Walker Museum of Art (Minneapolis), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art.