Vito Acconci (1940–2017, American)
was an influential video, performance,
and installation artist whose diverse
practice also includes sculpture,
architecture, and landscape design.
His early work pushed the boundaries
of performance and video art and
explored the artist’s relationship to
audiences through staged scenarios of
exhibitionism, discomfort, transgression,
and provocation. The lithograph titled
Flag Face was printed in 1984 at UAlbany
as part of the Albany Impressions Series.
Acconci’s image of a superimposed
human face on a collective symbol of a
flag confronts the viewer by presenting
multiple vantage points—we are the
viewer, yet the mask is watching us.
–Affinities and Outliers: Highlights from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections
–American Playlist: Selections From The University At Albany Art Collections