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do it

03/04/16 – 04/02/16
10:00 am – 6:00 pm


Crosstown Arts Gallery
422 N. Cleveland St.
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 6-9 PM

ARTIST TALKS AND PERFORMANCE: SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 5-7 PM

In the early nineties the international curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and the artists Bertrand Lavier and Christian Boltanski wanted more flexible and open-ended art exhibitions.  Could “scores” or written instructions by artists, as a point of departure, be interpreted anew every time they were enacted? Twenty years later the exhibition they came to call do it grew to include instructions by nearly three-hundred artists, choreographers, writers, and poets and has been featured in more than fifty exhibitions worldwide. This spring the Art Museum of the University of Memphis in collaboration with the Lambuth campus and Crosstown Arts will present more than 2 dozen interpretations of the do it instructions.

Crosstown Arts:  March 4 – April 2
AMUM: April 9 – May 7
University of Memphis Lambuth: March 17

PROJECTS ON VIEW AT CROSSTOWN ARTS:

  • Joseph Grigely instruction interpreted by Johnathan Payne
  • Felix Gonzales-Torres Untitled interpreted by Joel Parsons (installation image on homepage)
  • Tracey Emin What Would Tracy Do? interpreted by Terri Jones
  • Rirkrit Tiravanija Untitled interpreted by Catherine Pena
  • Claire Fontaine instruction interpreted by Terry Lynn
  • Meg Cranston instruction interpreted by Corkey Sinks

do it is an exhibition conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. do it and the accompanying publication, do it: the compendium, were made possible, in part, by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from Project Perpetual and ICI’s International Forum and Board of Trustees.

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Sponsored locally by The University of Memphis Student Activity Fee Fund

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