was born in 1940 in the Bronx. He received a BFA from the Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts and an MFA from University of Iowa, Iowa City. Acconci began his career as a poet. In his first work in a visual art context in the late 60's and early 70's, Acconci used his own body as a subject for photography, film, video and performance. In the mid 70's, he created audiovisual installations that turned exhibition spaces into community meeting places, and in the 80's Acconci invited viewers to create artwork by activating machinery that erected shelters and signs. He also turned to the creation of furniture and to prototypes of houses and gardens in the late 80's. Most recently, Acconci has focused on architecture and landscape design that integrates public and private space. As a group, the Acconci Studio designs and builds public projects in parks, city streets and buildings.