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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2013
UMOCA Presents: do it
Show Runs January 17 - May 31, 2014
Opening Reception: January 17th from 7 to 9 PM
Salt Lake City - Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is excited to present the DIY exhibition do it - the longest running, furthest-reaching exhibition ever to take place.
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), do it began in 1993 as a conversation between artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier and Obrist himself, who was interested in the idea of an open-ended exhibition format that was flexible enough to transform with each location and enactment. To test the concept, Obrist invited 12 artists to submit instructions which were translated into 9 languages and circulated internationally as a book.
With more than 50 stops worldwide since the initial exhibition, do it has become the largest collection of instructional works to date. In addition, do it: the compendium (ICI and D.A.P., May 2013) includes instructions by 250 artists including newly commissioned pieces selected by Obrist and ICI. In honor of the publication's 20th anniversary, 84 additional scores have been published.
do it's presentation is less concerned with notions of reproduction or materiality of the artworks. Rather, this exhibition is about revealing the nuances of human interpretation in its various iterations. Based on written instructions by renowned artists as a point of departure, UMOCA's reenactment of do it is uniquely site-specific to Utah through the engagement with the community and use of resources available locally.
"Many of the selected works draw on the cultural specificity of Utah as a way to ground the exhibition in themes, iconography, and places that relate to the history and geography of the Beehive State," explains Associate Curator Rebecca Maksym. "In this way, UMOCA is able to play with the generative and accumulative aspects of this ongoing presentation through its own notion of interpretation and reproduction."
Some of the 50+ do it enactments will include:
* Louise Bourgeois: Instruction (2002)
* Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Untitled (1994)
* Allison Knowles: Homage to Each Red Thing (1996)
* Roman Ondak: Untitled (2002)
* Lygia Pape: Good Blood (2002)
* Lawrence Weiner: Cat #21 (1968)
Community partners and friends of UMOCA who have participated in this exhibition include: Cactus & Tropicals, KPCW Public Broadcasting, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and Taffy Town Gourmet Taffy.
Special thanks to our sponsors: City Weekly, Craft Lake City and Slug Magazine.
The opening of do it will be on January 17th, 7-9 p.m. accompanied with music, food, and cash bar.
do it: the compendium is available for purchase in UMOCA's Art Shop.
About do it
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 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.
About The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Founded in 1931, the award-winning Utah Museum of Contemporary Art's purpose is to give Utah residents and visitors access to international, national, regional, and local art that is relevant to our time. UMOCA offers rotating exhibitions in four gallery spaces, youth and adult education, as well as community outreach, an Artist-in-Residence program, and a variety of public programs to cultivate awareness of concepts found in contemporary art. UMOCA is a 501c3 institution that is supported by public, foundation, and corporate gifts.
UMOCA has been recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011, 2012, and 2013 as well as a four-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation.