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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 under orders to stay close to home, with in-person events and gatherings curtailed for the time being, Weisman Art Museum is joining Independent Curators International (ICI) and over 30 art spaces around the world in sharing do it (home). This new version of the do it project envisioned by Obrist in 1995 provides 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. 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 by using the hashtag #DoItHome.


Click below to view and download all do it (home) instructions:

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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

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.

Collaborating Art Spaces: 220 Cultura Contemporánea (Córdoba, Argentina); Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul (Seoul, South Korea); Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art (Las Vegas, NV), South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, IN); Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa); National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (Nassau, The Bahamas); Queens Museum (Corona, NY); Reykjavik Art Museum (Reykjavik, Iceland); Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia (Adelaide, Australia);  The Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania); and dozens more!


The Paper Sculpture Manual


A paper yellow recycling barrel
Ester Partegàs, Things You Don't Like, 2003.
Things you don't like cutout
Ester Partegàs, Things You Don't Like, 2003.

Curated by Mary CerutiMatt FreedmanSina NajafiThe Bag Factory

Lively and unconventional, The Paper Sculpture Show explored the nature of the art object and the identity of the artist as a traveling exhibition from 2003-07. Twenty-nine international artists and artist collaboratives each contributed a design for a three-dimensional sculpture that could be assembled out of paper by museum visitors.

As many around the world are experiencing social distancing and orders to stay home, ICI is sharing the designs from The Paper Sculpture Show as a downloadable, printable, and shareable manual to take you away from your screens and recreate art experiences in domestic spaces.

Seong Chun, Craft-Proof, 2003.
Seong Chun, Craft-Proof, 2003.

Interactive, nonconformist and witty, The Paper Sculpture Manual still raises many questions about authorship, original versus copy, art and craft, product and process, two dimensional and three dimensional objects, ... Now the question is: what are YOU going to make? #thepapersculpturemanual

Artists: Janine Antoni, The Art Guys, David Brody, Luca Buvoli, Francis Cape and Liza Phillips, Seong Chun, Minerva Cuevas, E.V. Day, Nicole Eisenman, Spencer Finch, Charles Goldman, Rachel Harrison, Stephen Hendee, Patrick Killoran, Glenn Ligon, Cildo Meireles, Helen Mirra, Aric Obrosey, Ester Partegàs, Paul Ramírez Jonas, David Shrigley, Eve Sussman, Fred Tomaselli, Pablo Vargas-Lugo, Olav Westphalen, and Allan Wexler

Download The Paper Sculpture Manual here.


The Paper Sculpture Manual is based on The Paper Sculpture Show, a traveling exhibition curated by Mary Ceruti, Matt Freedman, and Sina Najafi in 2003 and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), Cabinet, and SculptureCenter. The Paper Sculpture Manual is made available to art spaces internationally free of charge, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and made possible by ICI’s Board of Trustees and contributors to ICI’s Access Fund.