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In the News – do it: the compendium

Posted on July 3, 2013

do ir: the compendium

Read recent articles on do it: the compendium

Read the article from The Economist here.

Read the article from ART News here.

Read the article from Dwell Magazine here.

Read the article from Das Magazin here.

Read the Article from the Art Newspaper here.

Read the article from Eyes In here.

Read the articles from Brainpickings here and here.

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Press Update: Manchester

Posted on July 4, 2013

Read recent articles on do it 20 13: From The Guardian here, here and here. manchesterdoit

From Artsy.

doitmanchester From The Economist.

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doitmanchester From Art Daily.

doitmanchester And from ART News.


Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews

do it online

Posted on July 5, 2013

do it online
Part of Manchester International Festival 2013
at Manchester Art Gallery

As part of do it 20 13, Manchester Art Gallery shared 21 do it artist instructions online including instructions from Erwin Wurm, Tacita Dean, Sophia al Maria, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Cory Arcangel, and Subodh Gupta, among others. Online visitors were encouraged to pick an instruction and upload their response to the website. To view the public’s responses, click here.

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do it 2013 video

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do it 2013 video
Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester, UK

This short video presents the do it 2013 exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, with footages from the opening night and interviews with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, and artists Peter Saville and Richard Wentworth.

To view the video, click here.

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State of Mind featured in The New York Times

Posted on July 11, 2013

Holland Cotter from The New York Times reviewed State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The review gives a comprehensive overview of the exhibition curated by Constance Lewallen and Karen Moss, stating that the works and the curators’ words create “an absorbing narrative of a place and an era.” Featuring many works of the exhibition, Cotter aims to define “West Coast Conceptual Art” from that period as not having a single profile but points to similarities in “an investment in social agency, a focus on mercurial identity, an appetite for ideas and an appetite for art that has reasons for existing beyond itself.” Cotter ends, “their work is meant to wake us up” calling attention to the relevancy of this show today. To read the full article, please click here. To see the slideshow created by The New York Times, please click here.

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West Coast Art (Not Laid-Back) A California ‘State of Mind,’ Circa 1970, NYTimes Review

Posted on July 12, 2013

Sound Of Ice Melting

West Coast Art (Not Laid-Back)
A California ‘State of Mind,’ Circa 1970, at Bronx Museum
by Holland Cotter

If you’re even just a little weary of the well-made, no-risk, eye-on-fashion fare in so many Manhattan summer group shows, consider a trip to the Bronx Museum of the Arts, where the exhibition “State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970” has breezed in from the West Coast, bringing with it a tonic of gawky rawness and moral purpose.

California in the 1970s was one of the weirder spots on the planet, home to radical strains of politics on both the right and left. It was a hub of the nation’s defense industry and a feeder for the Vietnam War, to which disproportionate numbers of Latinos and blacks were consigned. Teachers at the state’s universities were required to take loyalty oaths. Dissidents and deviants of various stripes were under the gun.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Circa 1970: Pacific Standard Time at the Bronx Museum by Art in America

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State of Mind at the Bronx Museum


Circa 1970: Pacific Standard Time at the Bronx Museum
by Gillian Young

Relative to the artistic movements of the 1960s and 1980s, California art of the ‘70s remains, historically speaking, uncharted terrain. The diverse practices pioneered by West Coast artists were often inextricable from countercultural lifestyles and many may well be resistant to institutional representation. Endeavoring to map these experiments in art and life, “State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970,” on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (through Sept. 8), presents the work of familiar figures such as John Baldessari and Paul McCarthy alongside lesser-known artists like Lowell Darling and Barbara T. Smith. A range of more obscure projects illuminates a broader context for Californian artists who have since risen to prominence, such as McCarthy, whose work is currently on view at the Park Avenue Armory and other venues in New York.

Read the rest of the article here.

do it at MAG featured on The Space

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The Space, a freely available digital arts platform from Arts Council England and the BBC, features a compilation of videos made on the occasion of the do it 2013 exhibition on view at the Manchester Art Gallery, which is a part of the ICI tour and the largest presentation of do it thus far. The exclusive video pages created on The Space invite the public to take part in the do it show through artists’ instructions, interpretations, and other documentary videos all concerning do it.

Some of the videos are taken from the live stream that The Space organized on Friday July 12, 2013, at the Manchester Art Gallery, featuring live art performances and interviews. The main video, Welcome to the ‘Active’ Room, presented by BBC’s Geeta Pendse, includes performances from the opening night and interview of Hans Ulrich Obrist. In addition some other performances are featured on the website: Second Messenger presents Maria Jose Arjona’s homage to Mara Teresa Hincapie, involving a vulture flying across the gallery space to deliver a message; Cleaning Conditions is a performance organized by Suzanne Lacy in homage to Allan Kaprow.

Other pages are dedicated to the artists’ instructions and their interpretations, beyond the do it 2013 exhibition. The page Twenty years of do it gathers video archives featuring the original do it artists presenting their instructions, such as Gilbert and George, Rirkrit Tiravanija, or Erwin Wurm. On another page, the Artists’ responses, are featured contemporary artists’ creative responses to do it instructions, such as Tessa Power’s or Adriano Vessichelli’s responses to Lucy Lippard’s instruction. Other pages present the public’s responses to artists’ instructions, such as Yoko Ono’s instruction – “Circulate a picture of your smile to say, ‘Hello. How you doing?’” –, or Cory Arcangel’s instruction – “Photoshop CS: 11 by 8.5 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient “Russell’s Rainbow” (turn transparency off), mousedown y=1100 x=550, mouseup y=2100 x=1450.”

To watch all the videos from do it 2013, please visit The Space here.

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Constance Lewallen interviewed by the Brooklyn Rail

Posted on July 15, 2013

On the occasion of the State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 opening in New York City at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Constance Lewallen, one of the show’s curators, was interviewed by the Brooklyn Rail publisher, Phong Bui. In the interview, Lewallen and Bui discuss the genesis of the exhibition, the specificity and differences of West Coast artists, and the rise of performance and conceptual art in California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The conversation reveals the trajectories of artists such as Bruce Nauman, Michael Asher, or Martha Rosler. Lewallen emphasizes on the liberating aspect of California Conceptualism: “There was a collective and pervasive sense of freedom, especially in California, partly because there really was no infrastructure, or much of any kind of critical response, which in some ways worked to the artists’ advantage. They had freedom to do what they wanted, to be playful and inventive with new materials and mediums.”

To read the full interview, please click here.

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Photos from the event: MAD-LIB[rary] Vol. 3

Posted on July 17, 2013

Shadows and Outlines on ARTonAIR

Posted on July 18, 2013

Shadows and Outlines: An Incomplete Portrait of the Reanimation Library on ARTonAIR.org. Originally aired on July 7, 2013.

Shadows and Outlines is a set of short readings made up entirely of excerpts from the library’s holdings. Reanimation Library founder Andrew Beccone and three guest readers – writers Sarah Gentile, Sarah Giovanniello, and John Reed present sequenced, unmediated fragments of found text, which draw a personalized, fractured, and incomplete portrait of the wide-ranging attitudes, ideologies, and visual systems contained within the collection.

These programs are produced in partnership with the radio station of the Clocktower Gallery, operating at ARTonAIR.org.

Press: Artists’ Editions Fly Off the Tables

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BLOUIN ARTINFO Published on July 18, 2013, 8:34 am

On Tuesday night a crowd descended on the Independent Curators International (ICI) hub in Tribeca for the third edition of Limited Time Only and the Feminist Press’s MAD-LIB[rary] artists’ edition zine-making parties, where guests were invited to take a self-curated selection of eight editioned artworks from a spread of 11. The offerings included a sparkly print of a three-eyed cat by Martha Moore Porter, photographs of strange, colorful, and seemingly random objects stacked portentously by Sara Cwynar, and a mix CD by Jennifer Sullivan.

Read the full article here.

Throw A Party Giveaway

Posted on July 19, 2013

Amalia PicaThrow a Party, 2012. Courtesy the artist.

ICI invites you to throw a party – do it style!  Show us your interpretation of Amalia Pica’s Throw a Party and win your very own copies of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s do it: the compendium! Share your party photos and videos with us on the do it Facebook page or on Twitter and Instagram by mentioning @doit_INTL and using hashtag #doit.  We will pick our lucky winner on August 10, 2013, so just do it and get partying!


Gund Gallery MU Art Space

Photos from the event: Curatorial Intensive Symposium Summer 2011

Posted on July 20, 2013