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KPS Students Contribute to ’do it’ Exhibition at KIA

Traveling Show Invites Visitor Participation

Kalamazoo Public Schools students have been helping shape “do it,” the latest traveling exhibition at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

The exhibition “do it” asks, what would happen if an art exhibition never stopped? By generating new versions of itself every time it is presented, “do it” answers that question.

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, “do it” began in 1993 in Paris as a discussion about how to make art exhibitions more open-ended. The outcome is a collection of 400 written instructions from artists. Visitors are invited to interpret the instructions and create art in real time. The KIA selected 30 sets of instructions from artists such as Yoko Ono and Ed Ruscha.

KPS students have been participating in the art project as visitors, but they were also invited to contribute to two specific works. Art classes from Woodward School for Technology and Research, Washington Writers’ Academy, Winchell Elementary and Prairie Ridge Elementary school were asked to draw a “line,” however they wished to interpret that, across long rolls of paper. The paper is displayed vertically in the gallery.

Students at Winchell also came up with titles for books that have not yet been written, and high school students in Education for the Arts worked in teams to create book covers for some of the titles.

The exhibition “do it” is on display through March 3 at the KIA, 314 S. Park St.

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