Vito Acconci, an influential American artist who evolved into performance, video, installation, sculpture, architectural design, and landscape design. Vito saw Art as an expression where you had to think differently, see differently than the public around you, and to accept the presumption—growing belief actually—that Public Art demanded the artist to de-design! Vito once expressed the following revelation about Art as now being an ACTION:
“Art isn’t necessary anymore as a field, a profession; art is no longer a noun, it has become a verb. Art is nothing but a general attitude of thickening the plot.”
As we have cast our gaze on the Moynihan Train Hall, we got a solid glimpse into not only Adaptive Reuse but also the creative people behind the de-design of Penn Station collaborating directly with one another in order to arrive at a solution that is both beautiful AND inspires a renewed sense of arrival at one’s destination as commuters and passengers!
What are your thoughts on the collaboration, the sense of creative community-directed within the de-design that gave us the Moynihan Train Hall on January 1, 2021, within the Acconci statement that Art is now a verb?