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Partner Exhibition | do it (home): a participatory exhibition

This exhibition is ongoing.

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.

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@SJMA | Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm

In 1984, local artist Sonya Rapoport imagined a future fantasy world in which we consult computers to assess how we feel. Rapoport was at the forefront of creating art that incorporated technology. As she continued to use traditional mediums like collage and drawing to reflect upon and record her emotions, Rapoport also looked to early computer programs to predict how she felt. By comparing and then combining these two sets of data points, Rapoport created pictorial languages that appropriated the visual motifs of emerging computer programs and technology. Learn more HERE.
Sonya Rapoport Biorhythm Audience Participation Performance
On Friday, February 7, 2020, Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm opened to the community as part of Facebook First Fridays. The night featured a recreation of the artist’s interactive Biorhythm Performance, originally designed and held by Rapoport at WORKS/San José in 1983. Participants were asked how they were feeling as they entered the gallery. They then had their biorhythm read with a biorhythm calculator, and then were invited to have their palms read by a palmist. See the photos HERE.
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@SJMA | With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith

In 1968, at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, San José State University runner Tommie Smith raised a gloved fist during the medal ceremony to protest human rights abuses around the world, and to bring international attention to the struggle for civil rights in the United States. This act of protest, which still reverberates today, is explored in a series of collaborations between Smith and Los Angeles–based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino. Learn more about the exhibition HERE.

Recommended Reading Related to With Drawn Arms
Tiffany E. Garcia, librarian at San Jose Public Library, compiled a reading list for the exhibition. Some titles are available online through your local library as ebooks or audiobooks. See the list HERE.
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With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith
With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith is sponsored by the San José Museum of Art's Exhibitions Fund with generous grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Applied Materials Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from McManis Faulkner, Tad Freese and Brook Hartzell, and Tech CU.

Programs at the San José Museum of Art are made possible by generous support from the Museum's Board of Trustees, a Cultural Affairs Grant from the City of San José, the Lipman Family Foundation, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, Facebook Art Department, the Richard A. Karp Charitable Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, the SJMA Director's Council and Council of 100, the San José Museum of Art Endowment Fund established by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Image: Installation view of With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith, San José Museum of Art, California, 2019. Photos by JKA Photography.