do it (home)

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist

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.

As many around the world are experiencing social distancing and orders to stay at home, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is joining Independent Curators International (ICI) and over 30 art spaces around the world in sharing do it (home). A version of do it envisioned by Obrist in 1995, do it (home) assembles a set of artists instructions that can easily be realized in one’s own home.

To Obrist, “do it has always been global and local, public and private — spheres of life that for many have coalesced in recent months.” do it (home) will take you away from your screens, and recreate an art experience at home. You will respond to the artists’ call, follow their lead, enter their world, and realize an artwork on their behalf. When you’re ready to return to the screen, share that you did it! Make connections with other doers on Instagram, #doithome and tagging @hcexhibits

View and download all do it (home) instructions in English and Spanish!


Artists Include: 

Etel Adnan, Sophia Al Maria, Uri Aran, Arca, Nairy Baghramian, Christian Boltanski, Meriem Bennani, Geta Bratescu, Critical Art Ensemble, Jimmie Durham, Torkwase Dyson, Tracey Emin, Simone Forti, Liam Gillick, Joseph Grigely, Shilpa Gupta, Koo Jeong-A, David Lamelas, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Lucy R. Lippard, Cildo Meireles, Jonas Mekas, Albert Oehlen, Precious Okoyomon, Füsun Onur, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Philippe Parreno, Thao Nguyen Phan, Marjetica Potrč, Raqs Media Collective,

Pascale Marthine Tayou, and Carrie Mae Weems


Collaborating Art Spaces:

220 Cultura Contemporánea (Córdoba, Argentina); Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston, Canada); Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph (West Hartford, Connecticut); Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College (Haverford, Pennsylvania); Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum (Long Beach, California); Centro de Arte Oliva (São João da Madeira, Portugal); Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, Ohio); Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia (Charleston, West Virginia); CSPS (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Dahl Arts Center (Rapid City, South Dakota); Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto (Porto, Portugal); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia); Grey Art Gallery (New York, New York); Havana Art Weekend (Havana, Cuba); Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul (Seoul, South Korea); Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Kitchener, Canada); Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (Farmville, Virginia); Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada); Michaelis Galleries, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa); Miller Institute for Contemporary Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); Monmouth Museum (Middletown, New Jersey); National Academy of Design (New York, New York); National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (Nassau, The Bahamas); Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, Florida); NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale, Florida); Pratt Manhattan Gallery (New York, New York); Procesual (Montevideo, Uruguay); Queens Museum (Corona, New York); Reykjavik Art Museum (Reykjavik, Iceland); Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania); Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia (Adelaide, Australia); San José Museum of Art (San José, California); South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, Indiana); The Bass, Miami Beach (Miami Beach, Florida); The Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania); The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio); Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia Beach, Virginia); Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, Minnesota); and Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey)


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.