As many of us across the globe are experiencing social distancing and orders to stay at home, the DeVos Art Museum is joining Independent Curators International (ICI) and over 30 art spaces around the world in sharing do it (home). This interactive exhibition, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, provides a set of art-making prompts, instructions created by contemporary artists, which you can bring to life in your own home. According to Obrist, “do it has always taken place in public and in private—spheres of life that for many have coalesced in recent months.”
We invite you to participate and respond to the plethora of newly commissioned assignments created by artists, currently available in English and Spanish. Some do it (home) prompts will ask you to probe the quotidian in new ways. Artists will ask you to take action, to engage with music, technology, or reflect on the familiar in an unfamiliar way, or they may guide you through making a physical work of art. When you are ready, share your experiences and your creations with other doers on Instagram using #doithome.
Sophia Al Maria
Critical Art Ensemble
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Lucy R. Lippard
Thao Nguyen Phan
Raqs Media Collective
Pascale Marthine Tayou
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.
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 has challenged traditional exhibition formats, questioned authorship, and championed art’s ability to exist beyond a single gallery space. Since do it began, many new versions have appeared, including do it (museum), do it (tv), and do it (in school). Over time, do it has grown from 12 to over 400 sets of artists’ instructions, and has been shown in more than 150 art spaces in over 15 countries.