do it (home)

Monday, May 18, 2020Monday, August 31, 2020

a participatory exhibition

In 1993, Hans Ulrich Obrist together with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, conceived do it, an exhibition based entirely on artists’ instructions, which could be followed to create temporary art works for the duration of a show. do it questioned authorship, challenged traditional exhibition formats, and championed art’s ability to exist beyond a single gallery space.

Today, as many of us around the world are under orders to stay at home, SJMA is joining Independent Curators International (ICI) and over 30 art spaces around the world in sharing do it (home). A version of do it, do it (home) assembles a set of artists’ instructions that can easily be realized in one’s own home. To Obrist, “do it has always been global and local, public and private—spheres of life that for many have coalesced in recent months.” do it (home) will take you away from your computer screens to create an art experience at home. It’s an invitation to follow an artist’s lead, enter their world, and realize an artwork. When you’re ready to return to the screen, share an image of what you did and tag with #DoItHome #SJMAEd #ArtAtHome @san_jose_museum_of_art

View and download all do it (home) instructions in English.

View and download all do it (home) instructions in Spanish.



Artists Include: Etel Adnan, Sophia Al Maria, Uri Aran, Arca, Nairy Baghramian, Christian Boltanski, Meriem Bennani, Geta Bratescu, Critical Art Ensemble, Jimmie Durham, Torkwase Dyson, Tracey Emin, Simone Forti, Liam Gillick, Joseph Grigely, Shilpa Gupta, Koo Jeong-A, David Lamelas, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Lucy R. Lippard, Cildo Meireles, Jonas Mekas, Albert Oehlen, Precious Okoyomon, Füsun Onur, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Philippe Parreno, Thao Nguyen Phan, Marjetica Potrč, Raqs Media Collective, Pascale Marthine Tayou, and Carrie Mae Weems.



do it (home) is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. do it (home) is made available to art spaces internationally free of charge, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, with the support of ICI’s Board of Trustees, contributors to ICI’s Access Fund, and the Jeanne and Dennis Masel Foundation.