Do It! An Experiment in Participatory Art Making

It’s time to Do IT!

Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery is proud to invite you to participate in DO IT! (January 9 through March 3, 2017) – a globally performed art collaboration in response to a collection of conceptual instructions provided by renowned artists.

DO IT! draws from Conceptual and Minimalist art of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as Fluxus practices, and utilizes open-ended forms such as “happenings,” re-enactments of scores, noise music, and concrete poetry. In 1993, do it was curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and has since traveled internationally through Independent Curators International. The SJU community is excited to add its voice to a long history of creative responses.

Our version of DO IT! consists of creative and humorous responses by St. John’s faculty and students from the departments of Visual Art & Design, English, Creative Writing, History, and Core Studies. The faculty creatively adopted the instructions to their teaching objectives and imbedded these into course syllabi. Everyone was involved in expanding the parameters of their individual disciplines into the realm of the visual arts.

DO IT! yourself 
Several projects will be ongoing and will engage visitors to the gallery on a regular basis to pay homage and rethink ideas of Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster .
You are invited to color extra-large posters, as per Foester’s instructions. Internationally renowned artist Yoko Ono’s Wish Piece (1996) invites you to write down their wishes on pieces of paper that they will attach to the branches of a Wish Tree.
Additional artists instructions are posted to the gallery website. Please follow the link here. Submit your interpretations by email [email protected]