In the early 90s, Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist first orchestrated the recurring exhibit do it, for which local participants choose a project from a manual of instructions created by a roster of internationally known artists. The local artists then interpret the projects, filtering them through their own sensibilities. Since then, do it has been reinterpreted many times over, with more than 200 realizations in galleries and museums around the world; you can even participate from home, using an online version at www.e-flux.com.
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This open-ended study on human interpretation comes to the metro area tonight when a distinguished group of 33 artists, most of them from Colorado, exhibit the results of their own do it experiments at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Designs Philip J. Steele Gallery. Artist Nick Silici, for instance, plans to cover his body with graphite and leave his impressions on the wall for an installation suggested by instruction from Bruce Nauman; other contributions will range from strange contraptions and wall murals to musical performances and video projections. According to gallery director Cortney Stell, the only rules each artist must adhere to are these: They must install the work by May 6, 2011, and they have to dismantle or destroy artwork at the close of the exhibition. Ashes to ashes, then but documentation is allowed.
Attend the opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the gallery, 1600 Pierce Street on the RMCAD campus; do it will remain on view there through July 29. Get information at www.rmcad.edu.
May 6-July 29, 2011