The fall 2020 undergraduate Museum Object class, under the direction of Dr. Tenley Bick and Meredith Lynn, curated an impressive online exhibition, How to Resist Expectations: Instructions-Based Art in Practice. The students researched and executed instructions-based works by artists who used their practices as a platform for resistance. The exhibition highlights that these works have been used to protest expectations and continue to do so during a worldwide pandemic.
From the curatorial statement: “While the historical scope of our exhibition spans the proliferation of instructions-based art from 1950s to the present, selected instructions-based and Conceptual artworks are arranged thematically. These works challenge power structures, debate the commoditization of the art object, and question the idea of authorship to achieve their goals. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was necessary for students to complete the instructions-based works at home while adhering to suggested guidelines for social distancing. This often meant executing the works alone or collaborating with others within our living spaces. Using the resources available to us, we were able to explore and understand the creative labor involved in the artistic process.”
The exhibition will be online through 2021, but don’t wait! Visit this engaging show soon at instructionsbasedart.com, and be sure to leave your thoughts about the exhibition in the Guest Book!