June 13, 2017

do it Pike County

Pike School of Art
McComb, Mississippi, United States
November 11, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Most art shows are collections of works by an artist or group of artists. do it is a different kind of exhibition, one that has taken place again and again around the world with a different look each time.

It began in 1993 as a conversation between a Swiss curator and two artists, exploring whether traditional exhibition formats could become more open-ended. They asked whether a show could take written instructions as a point of departure, each of which could be interpreted anew every time it was enacted.

The curator invited 12 artists to send instructions, which were translated into 9 different languages and circulated internationally as a book. In the years since, the set of instructions has grown to over 250, and do it has been featured in at least 50 different locations worldwide, including major museums and university galleries.

This iteration of do it Pike County organized by Pike School of Art – Mississippi is the very first presentation of an Independent Curators International exhibition in the state of Mississippi. Instructions will be interpreted by student artists from Jubilee Performing Arts Center (JPAC) and members of the community. Exhibitions and events will take place at JPAC, St. Andrew’s Activity Center, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, McComb Public Library, and Percy Quin State Park. The exhibition is a P.S. Satellite of Prospect New OrleansProspect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp taking place concurrently in nearby New Orleans.

For information on calls, upcoming events and performances, and a behind-the-scenes look at do it Pike County, please visit this page or contact doit@psa-ms.org.

Artists: Sophia Al Maria, Robert Ashley, Nairy Baghramian, Christian Boltanski, Louise Bourgeois, Meg Cranston, Olafur Eliasson, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Hans-Peter Feldmann, William Forsythe, Simone Forti, Theaster Gates, Simryn Gill, Douglas Gordon, Joseph Grigely, NS Harsha, Stephen J. Kaltenbach, Mike Kelley, Adriana Lara, Lucy R. Lippard, Ernesto Neto, Yoko Ono, Lygia Pape, Cedric Price, Pedro Reyes, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, Peter Saville, Jim Shaw, Sturtevant, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Agnès Varda, Franz West, Erwin Wurm and others.

Opening Weekend
Friday, November 10, 2017, 5 – 7 PM
St. Andrew’s Mission Activity Center, 201 Main Street, McComb, MS 39648
Pike County Chamber of Commerce, 213 Main Street, McComb, MS 39648

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9 – 11 AM
McComb Public Library, 1022 Virginia Avenue, McComb MS 39648

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 2 – 4 PM
Percy Quin State Park, 2036 Percy Quin Drive, McComb, MS 39648

An all-inclusive weekend package is available which includes a two-night stay in the cottages of Percy Quin State Park, a private welcome reception, continental breakfast in the cottages, meals in local restaurants, and transportation to and from all do it Pike County events. Transportation to McComb is not included, but we can arrange to pick you up at the Amtrak Station. Visit Eventbrite for information about this very special package.

Additional events and activities are being planned. Check back here for more information.

Thank You to Our Patrons

CONCEPTUALISTS: Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Arts Commission, City of McComb, Diane Wiltshire, Triston Wilkinson CONSTRUCTIVISTS: WalMart, Keith & Karen Sanders EXPRESSIONISTS: David & Edwina Dedlow IMPRESSIONISTS: City Paint & Glass, The Markets, Selman’s Jewelers-Gemologist, Pat & Tina Brumfield, Wayne & Susan Dowdy, George & Beth Phelps, Marie Stein, Tricia Whitmire REALISTS: Alford’s Flowers, Suzanne Adelman & Keith Walsh, Matt & Athena MacFarland, Page Periman, Clay Russell POINTILLISTS: A.S. Ashley, Oscar Blass, Jackie Clay, Christopher Hart, Jennifer Joy Jameson

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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.

do it Pike County is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This project is made possible, in part from grants by the Mississippi Development Authority and the City of McComb City and with the generous support from Diane Wiltshire and Triston Wilkinson.