Posted on October 10, 2017
ICI’S ACCESS FUND: SUPPORT NEW PROGRAMS IN ART AND EDUCATION
DO IT (IN SCHOOL)
In 2018, ICI and Studio in a School will team up to create a new approach to art education: a curriculum for New York City’s public high schools based entirely on do it – the ongoing ICI exhibition curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist – resulting in an exhibition at the art galleries of Hunter College.
do it was pioneered 25 years ago, and consists of artists’ “do-it-yourself” instructions, which are realized anew every time the exhibition comes to life. This new version of the exhibition, do it (in school), will connect students to the ideas and processes of living artists from around the world, including John Baldessari, Jimmie Durham, Joan Jonas, Cildo Meireles, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler, among many others.
In Fall 2018, the do it-based curriculum will be implemented in four public high schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, in neighborhoods with limited exposure to contemporary art. 300 students will learn about internationally recognized contemporary artists; the history of do it, conceptual art and art-by-instructions; and they will determine which instructions to realize – and how.
In Spring 2019, the artworks created by the students will be exhibited at Hunter College’s East Harlem Gallery — giving them direct access to this higher learning academic environment. Alongside the students’ interpretations of the instructions, the exhibition will feature documentation of their process, a selection of additional do it instructions for visitors to realize themselves, and the ICI do it (archive) which chronicles realizations of the 25-year project in art spaces and museums around the world.