Performance Artist Gains Recognition

Still hailed as one of the roughshod founders of performance art, though he broke with the movement 25 years ago, Vito Acconci’s decades of work on buildings and objects are finally being recognized. He is famous as one of the roughshod, ill-shaven founders of performance art, and especially for “Seedbed,” a notorious piece from 1972 that saw him masturbating under a false floor in a gallery. “It ruined my life,” he says. Hardly.

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