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Welcome to do it!

Published October 29, 2020
MoFA is proud to be partnering with Independent Curators International (ICI) on this exhibition project focusing on instruction-based art. Under the “rules of the game,” MoFA has selected more than 30 art works to create (together with you) over the next six weeks.  We will be following instructions written by world famous artists including Mel Bochner, Mona Hatoum, Sol Lewitt, Yoko Ono, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Ai Weiwei. There are no artist-created “originals.” The do-it-yourself descriptions are recreated each time. At the end of the exhibition, the works are disassembled, painted over, or returned to their original contexts, making do it almost completely reversible. The mundane is transformed into the uncommon and then converted back into the everyday. do it appears in order to disappear.

MoFA will introduce new projects weekly. Many will offer opportunities for you to participate from home or track on social media. We will also be hosting zoom-based Make it With MoFAs, Instagram live events, and short videos from scholars and artists. Follow us on Instagram, check our website, or drop us a line to track the action.

Sol LeWitt

In Gallery beginning October 5

Sol LeWitt is one of the most influential conceptual artists and his instruction based drawings have changed perceptions of authorship, collaboration, and the very nature of what an art object is. Following a set of instructions written by LeWitt, museum interns, staff, and faculty executed one of his drawings in our main gallery.

See the Instruction


Anton Vidokle

Claim your own MoFA Made Me Do It sticker

With Geometría Popular, the New York based artist Anton Vidokle invites participants to turn any object, landscape, or interior into a work of art with the application of a sticker. MoFA has created custom stickers just for the project, and we encourage you to claim your own and execute this work yourself.

Get Your Sticker


Michelangelo Pistoletto

Sculpture for Strolling

FSU’s own Pistoletto scholar, Dr. Tenley Bick (Assistant Professor of Global Contemporary Art), will be constructing this Pistoletto sculpture day by day throughout the exhibition. Everyday in our gallery, Dr. Bick will read and tear that morning’s Tallahassee Democrat, adding it to a growing sphere of layers of newspaper. If she reaches 1 meter in diameter, she will push the sphere through campus in an edition of a performance originally conducted by the artist in 1967. Track Dr. Bick’s progress and hear her introduce the project on our website.

More About Pistoletto


do it began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier. They were curious to see what would happen if they started an exhibition that could constantly generate new versions of itself. To test the idea, they invited 12 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 9 different languages and circulated internationally as a book.

Since then, hundreds of artists have been invited to submit instructions, and do it has taken place all over the world from Austria to Australia, from Thailand to Uruguay, from Canada to Iceland giving new meaning to the concept of an 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. As a result do it is less concerned with copies, images, or reproductions of artworks, than with human interpretation. No two iterations of the same instructions are ever identical.

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