do it

Denler Art Gallery

  • The Summer School in progress. Image courtesy of the Denler Art Gallery.
  • The Poor Farm. Image courtesy of the Denler Art Gallery.
  • do it installation view, Denler Art Gallery, St. Paul, MN, 2014.
  • do it instruction by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Denler Art Gallery, St. Paul, MN, 2014.
  • do it instruction by Hans Peter Feldmann, Denler Art Gallery, St. Paul, MN, 2014.

do it

Denler Art Gallery
St. Paul, Minnesota
October 16, 2014 – November 13, 2014


This iteration of do it was initiated by Denler Gallery director Luke Aleckson as part of the annual Summer School project, in turn organized by Minneapolis-based artist and educator Aaron Van Dyke. Held each of the past 6 years as part of the Great Poor Farm Experiment at the Poor Farm in Manawa, WI., Summer School is an informal gathering of students, faculty and artists exploring experimental forms of dialogue and education. Aleckson invited past and present Summer School members to participate in the enactment of do it at the Denler Art Gallery. In the open and collaborative sprit of The Poor Farm, owned and directed by Chicago-based artists, curators and educators Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, Summer School members were encouraged to collaborate with others and engage with open-ended interpretation of the “scores” constituting the do it compendium of works.

The exhibition has grown organically to include a network of artists engaged in choosing, interpreting and realizing the pieces, including Luke Aleckson, Eric Becker, Ute Bertog, Heidi Bohnenkamp, Sarah Burns, Sandra Erbacher, Jen Fisher, John Fleisher, Luke Grothe, Matt McAuliffe, Jamie Owens, Temery Pasket, Julia Rice, Jordan Rosenow, Daniel Lee Ruff Smith, Renee Springer, Tony Sunder, Claire Victoria, and Eddie Villanueva. Crossing a wide range of disciplines, from drawing to video, photography to sound installation, the works both respect and challenge the intents of the original “scores.”

To find out more about Summer School, visit The Poor Farm's website, here, and for information on the Denler Art Gallery, visit their website, here

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