Photo: The team behind the exhibition. (left to right) Jillian Clough, Alexandra Long, Thien Doan, Annie Edwards, Shaleh Ake, and Emily Loy at the opening of do it.
April 23 – August 21, 2016
From the mind of artist, writer, and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it began as a conversation with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, and took shape as a perpetually fluctuating exhibition of malleable ideas and conceptual art. First realized in 1993 and comprised of scripts from different artists, do it evolves with each new interpretation of the artists’ ideas, generating unique versions of the original concepts. Over the past 20 years, hundreds of scripts—instructions composed by artists—have been added to the compendium: growing, changing, and becoming new with each exhibition.
In partnership with the Ulrich Museum of Art, this iteration of do it is reimagined through the vision of students in the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries course Concepts in Creative Industries: Curation and Installation of do it. From Fibonacci sequence studies of television channels to testing couple compatibility through fruit and vegetable shakes, do it makes use of an assortment of random and non-traditional objects to create art. Performing as curators, preparators, and artists, almost every aspect of this exhibition was created, fulfilled, and experienced by students learning to explore the art and museum world firsthand.
do it is a traveling exhibition conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition and the accompanying publication were made possible in part by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with generous support from Project Perpetual and ICI’s International Forum and Board of Trustees. The Ulrich presentation is generously supported by the Gridley Family Foundation and Lee and Ron Starkel.
IMAGE: Shaleh Ake, Jillian Clough, Alexandra Long, Emily Loy, do it instruction by Sophia Al Maria, 2015. Digital image, 20 x 16 in.
Related Programs and Events
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
11 A.M.–1 P.M. COUNTDOWN TO do it: Compatibility Test for Couples
North Patio of Rhatigan Student Center
Pick your favorite fruit, your partners favorite fruit, put in a blender, then taste for compatibility! Join the collaborators of do it at the Rhatigan Student Center on the WSU campus to reinterpret artist Pedro Reyes’ instructions for Compatibility Test for Couples. Hans Ulrich Obrist’s do it is a perpetually fluctuating exhibition of malleable ideas and conceptual art comprised of “scripts”—individual sets of instructions composed by artists.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6
11 A.M.–1 P.M COUNTDOWN TO do it: Somewhere Between
North Patio of Rhatigan Student Center
Gather together and make new friends while fulfilling instructions from artist Simryn Gill. Find Somewhere Between and match up with someone you perceive as different from yourself—no two people are alike. Hans Ulrich Obrist’s do it is a perpetually fluctuating exhibition of malleable ideas and conceptual art comprised of “scripts”—individual sets of instructions composed by artists.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
7–9 P.M. SPRING OPENING: do it
Build a poem, tack a line, savor a mango-cauliflower shake, capture the experience. do it is a conceptual, interactive exhibition built upon enacting artists’ written and drawn instructions. The Ulrich and the students of the Concepts in Creative Industries: Curation and Installation of do it course at the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries will present realized artworks, ongoing performances, take home instructions, and the opportunity for the public to engage in the creation of contemporary art.
Free to Ulrich Museum members and WSU students, $10 for general public. RSVP at (316) 978-3664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.