Landing Field: Vito Acconci and Yve Laris Cohen

Hessel Museum of Art, March 24 – May 26, 2013

Landing Field commissions architect/designer Vito Acconci and artist Yve Laris Cohen to collaborate on a series of site-specific responses to the white cube. Laris Cohen begins with a dance that ruptures the commanding weight, sightlines and material scaffolding of the exhibition space. Acconci responds with an architectural proposal developed from his studio’s 2004 plan for a Research Station in Halley, Antarctica that gives voice to space.

“The land here is white: the world here is a sheet of ice—it’s too white, too bright, to sleep…”

Vito Acconci began his career-long investigation into the nature of private and public space within the downtown art scene of 1960s New York. His poems from the late 1960s treat language as matter and the page as a field to travel over. His performances, video works, installations and architectural designs from the 1970s and early 1980s helped shift art from object to interaction. With the aim of reaching a larger demographic, he founded Acconci Studio in 1988. The studio starts each project with an idea, method or scheme, which they develop in a collaborative process that “eventually makes it impossible to tell where one person starts and ends.”

Yve Laris Cohen makes work for both dance and visual art contexts. His works begin with a response to the elements of a site – material, historical, institutional, economical, cultural – which he develops to constitute the work itself. Laris Cohen received a dual BA in Art Practice and Dance & Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University.

Curated by Sarah Fritchey

Opening performance
Sunday, March 24, 2013begins at 5:30pm sharp.
No admission during the performance.

 

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