The Galleries at Moore Present ‘do it’

Sculpture for Strolling // Moore College of Art & Design
Caption: On Friday, August 8, 2014 students from Moore’s Youth Programs, along with their friends and family, rolled or “strolled” a three foot, 100-pound ball they created from pressed newspaper around Aviator Park, across from the College. This was a reenactment of renowned Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto’s famous “Walking Sculpture.” The public was invited to join in on the fun. The activity is part of The Galleries at Moore’s first Philadelphia presentation of do it, the world’s longest running exhibition and the only exhibition based entirely on artist instructions. The exhibition opens September 13.

The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and The Parkway, are pleased to announce the first Philadelphia presentation of do it, the world’s longest running exhibition, and the only exhibition based entirely upon artist instructions.  The exhibition will be on view September 13 – December 6, 2014.  For more information please visit or call 215.965.4027.

What would happen if an exhibition never stopped?  This is precisely what French artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, and Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, asked themselves in a Paris café in 1993.  To test the idea, they invited twelve artists to propose artworks based on written “scores” or instructions that can be openly interpreted every time they are presented.  The instructions were then translated into nine different languages and circulated internationally as a book.

Since then, hundreds of artists have been invited to submit instructions, and versions of do it have been presented in over fifty venues worldwide, giving new meaning to the concept of the “exhibition in progress.”  Each do it exhibition is uniquely site-specific because it engages the local community in a dialogue that responds to a set of instructions; no two iterations of the same instructions are ever identical.

For the do it presentation at The Galleries at Moore, over seventy published artist instructions will result in objects, installations and performances by Philadelphia-based artists, performers, curators and the public, that range from the explicitly sculptural to the performative, the poetic to the absurd.

For example, the Michelangelo Pistoletto instruction “Sculpture for Strolling” will be interpreted by students in Moore’s Summer Art & Design Institute and Young Artists Workshop programs. The giant newspaper ball they are currently constructing will be taken out for a stroll near the Swann Foundation in Logan Square on August 8, 2014. Similarly, an instruction by Fischli & Weiss will be interpreted vis-à-vis the PECO Crown Lights on September 13 – 15, 2014 to promote the show.

According to Kaytie Johnson, Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator, “staging do it creates new opportunities for involvement by – and with – local communities.  The generative and democratic nature of the project enables The Galleries to continue exploring ways to broaden access and participation in contemporary art, which is central to our mission.  I think the public will enjoy the DIY sensibility of the show, especially since it demystifies the presence and importance of original artwork.  We’re thrilled to be the first venue in Philadelphia to invite the public to ‘do it.’”

A publication featuring new instructions created by Philadelphia-based artists will accompany the exhibition.  An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, September 12 from 6 - 8 pm, where some other instructions will be realized.  A complete list of events and programs scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition will be available in August at

Instructions by the following artists will be interpreted during The Galleries’ presentation of do it:

Etel Adnan, Sophia Al Maria, Uri Aran, Cory Arcangel, Nairy Baghramian, Jérôme Bel, Mel Bochner, Christian Boltanski, Mircea Cantor, Jay Chung, Meg Cranston, Critical Art Ensemble, Tacita Dean, Diller + Scofidio, Trisha Donnelly, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Cao Fei, Fischli & Weiss, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Paul-Armand Gette, Gilbert & George, Simryn Gill, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Konstantin Grcic, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Shilpa Gupta, Richard Hamilton, Fabrice Hybert, Joan Jonas, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Ben Kinmont, Alison Knowles, Július Koller, Koo Jeong-A, Suzanne Lacy, Adriana Lara, Sol LeWitt, Erik van Lieshout, Lucy R. Lippard, Aníbal López, David Lynch, Christian Marclay, Jonas Mekas, Bruce Nauman, Rivane Neuenschwander, Albert Oehlen, Yoko Ono, Clifford Owens, Lygia Pape, Cesare Pietroiusti, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marjetica Potrč, Raqs Media Collective, Tobias Rehberger, Claude Rutault, Peter Saville, Tino Sehgal, Hassan Sharif, Jim Shaw, Shimabuku, Sturtevant, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Yasunao Tone, Ryan Trecartin, Agnes Varda, Hannah Weinberger and Erwin Wurm.



do it is a traveling exhibition conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.  The exhibition and the accompanying publication 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.

The Galleries at Moore receive generous support from Moore College of Art & Design and the Friends of The Galleries at Moore. The Galleries also receive state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.  Support also provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.  Additional program support comes from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, The Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation, the Hamilton Family Foundation, and The Barra Foundation.

Independent Curators International (ICI) produces traveling exhibitions, events, publications and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world.  Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.


The Galleries at Moore support Moore College of Art & Design's educational mission and role as a cultural leader by providing a forum for exploring contemporary art and ideas, and enriching the artistic climate and intellectual climate of the college, the Greater Philadelphia community, and beyond.  The Galleries' exhibitions and programs create community through dialogue and participation, and inspire an appreciation for the visual arts as a vital force in shaping contemporary culture.

All of The Galleries’ exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.


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Friday: 11 am - 8 pm
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The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design are located between 19th and 20th Streets on Race Street, directly across from Aviator Park on The Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Access The Galleries from the College’s main entrance lobby.

For more information please visit or call 215.965.4027.

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Published on July 22nd, 2014