do it

In the early nineties the international curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and the artists Bertrand Lavier and Christian Boltanski hypothesized a flexible and open-ended art exhibition. Could "scores" or written instructions by artists 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 300 artists, choreographers, writers, and poets that have been featured in more than 50 exhibitions worldwide.

The Art Museum of the University of Memphis exhibition, sponsored by the Student Activity Fee Fund, identified two curators to organize do it on the UM campuses and in their respective communities. Curators Hamlett Dobbins, Memphis, and Lendon Noe, Jackson, have recruited additional partners and participants including, among others, Crosstown Arts, the University of Memphis' Women's History Month celebration and Lambuth Area Neighborhood (LANA).

Starting in early March and continuing into May do it instructions will be performed and installed by artists and community groups from Memphis to Jackson, Tennessee. For more details on all the activities follow the do it links for Crosstown Arts, AMUM, University of Memphis Lambuth Campus, and Women's History Month.


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

AMUM (details) 
April 9 – May 7, 2016
9 to 5, Monday through Saturday
Reception Friday April 8, 4:30 to 7:30 PM

event page (click for more)

do it

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.


This project administered through AMUM is made possible by the Student Activity Fee Fund.