Image: Step Piece
(The Bronx, New York, 1940 - April 27, 2017)

Step Piece , 1971

Gelatin silver print
8 in. x 10 in. (20.32 cm x 25.4 cm)
Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media
Acconci’s performance art starts with a written description.  For Step Piece, 1971, “each morning, during the designated months, I step up and down the stool at the rate of 30 steps a minute.  Each morning, the activity lasts as long as I can perform it without stopping.”  The photograph is documentation of the art.  Its modest scale and quasi-scientific presentation show Acconci valuing art as idea and activity rather than as physical product – and perhaps spoofing boring, mundane performance art.
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