When the conceptual artist-turned-experimental architect Vito Acconci died suddenly in April, New York’s creative community — including his colleagues and students at Brooklyn College — was shocked and saddened. Now the Storefront for Art and Architecture has opened up its space — which Acconci co-designed with Steven Holl — to serve as a site of public remembrance and tribute, complete with a message board installation designed by Acconci Studio where visitors can inscribe messages of appreciation through Saturday, December 23. Thereafter, the installation filled with loving tributes will remain on view through Storefront’s windows until January 3.

In addition to the wall of tributes, the commemorative installation is animated with Acconci’s voice by way of the three-and-a-half hour audio piece “YOU ARE HERE (& there, too, etc),” which plays continually in the space. Commissioned by Storefront in 2013 on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the sonic work consists of Acconci narrating the entire programming history of Storefront from its inception in 1982 onward chronologically — a fitting exercise for an artist who was so interested in the function of time and feats of endurance.

When: Open for contributions through Friday, December 23, 2017; on view through Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Where: Storefront for Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

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Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His articles on public art, artist documentaries, the tedium of art fairs, James Franco's obsession with Cindy...