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Off the Wall: Part 1—Thirty Performative Actions

July 1–Sept 19, 2010

I Will Not Make Any
More Boring Art

In 1971, the Nova Scotia College of Art invited John Baldessari to make an exhibition of his work in their gallery. The college did not have the funds to pay for Baldessari to travel to Halifax however, so the artist proposed that the art students there become his surrogate. Taking on the punishment he felt he should receive for not being there, they covered the walls with the sentence “I will not make any more boring art”, writing in columns stretching from floor to ceiling, for the duration of the exhibition.  The graffiti-like action that constituted Baldessari’s exhibition reflected his dissatisfaction with the state of painting in the early 1970s, and his interest in language-based  performative actions and conceptual ideas that could be realized by others was a hallmark of early conceptual art. 

For Off the Wall: Part 1—Thirty Performative Actions, the art students pictured below are re-performing this laborious task for the first time since 1971. Performances take place regularly in the Museum’s second floor galleries.

Abbey Ozanich, Barnard: July 9, 1:00–1:30 pm
Ada Potter, New York University, Barnard: June 28, 12:30–1:00 pm; June 29 12:30–1:30 pm
Alex Remnick, University of Pennsylvania: June 30, 7:00–8:00 pm; July 2, 1:30–3:30 pm
Alexandra Goldberg, Boston University: June 30, 8:30–9:00 pm; July 7, 4:30–5:00 pm; July 14, 4:30–5:00 pm; July 21, 4:30–5:00 pm
Brittany Deardorff: July 1, 5:00–6:00 pm; July 23, 7:00–8:00 pm
Brittany Mendez, Maryland Institute College of Art: July 2, 4:00–4:30 pm, 7:00–8:00 pm
Carlos Reyes, New York University, Steinhardt: June 29, 10:30–11:00 am; July 7, 5:00–6:00 pm; July 15, 5:00–6:00 pm; July 22, 5:00–6:00 pm
Christina Badal, Columbia University: July 1 4:00-5:00 pm; July 2, 5:00–6:00 pm; July 8, 2:00–3:00 pm; July 15, 2:00–3:00 pm; July 22, 2:00–3:00 pm
Daniel Lee, July 1, 3:00–3:30 pm; July 8, 3:00–3:30 pm; July 15, 3:30–4:00 pm; July 22, 3:30–4:00 pm
Elliot Wright, New York University, Steinhardt: July 9, 2:00–3:00 pm
Fabio Corredor, Hunter College: June 29 3:30-4:00 pm; June 30, 12:00–12:30 pm; July 9, 7:00–7:30 pm; July 14, 5:00–5:30 pm; July 22, 3:00–3:30 pm; July 23, 5:00–5:30 pm
Hawa Allan: June 28, 11:30 am–12:00 pm; July 1, 11:00–11:30 am; July 2, 1:00–1:30 pm
Heather Cox: July 18, 3:30–5:00 pm
James Horner, Lehman College: June 30, 8:00–8:30 pm; July 9, 5:30–6:00 pm
Janine Wallach, Pace University: July 9, 3:30–4:00 pm, 4:30–5:00 pm; July 8, 1:00–2:00 pm
Jason Martin, NYU, Steinhardt: June 28, 1:00–2:00 pm; June 30, 5:00–6:00 pm; July 9, 7:30–8:30 pm
Jess Whittam, SUNY Purchase: June 28 3:00-4:00 pm; June 29, 1:30–2:00 pm; June 30, 4:00–5:00 pm; July 7, 2:00–3:00 pm; July 14, 4:00–4:30 pm; July 21, 3:00–4:00 pm
Mary Martin, SUNY Purchase: June 28, 1:00–2:00 pm; June 30, 5:00–6:00 pm; July 9, 7:30–8:30 pm
Murphy Chang, RISD: June 30, 1:30–2:30 pm; July 1, 1:30–2:30 pm; July 16, 1:00–9:00 pm; July 21, 12:00–2:00 pm, 4:00–4:30 pm, 5:00–5:30 pm; July 22, 12:30–2:00 pm; July 23, 1:00–5:00 pm
Nobutaka Aozaki, Hunter College: June 29, 11:30 am–12:00 pm, 4:00–4:30 pm; July 2, 8:00–9:00 pm; July 9, 8:30–9:00 pm
Olivia Koski, New York University, Arthur Carter: June 30, 2:30–3:00 pm; July 1, 2:30–3:00 pm; July 7, 11:00 am–12:00 pm; July 14, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, 12:30–1:30 pm; July 21, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Sefu Simms, SUNY Purchase College: June 30, 12:30–1:00 pm; July 7, 5:30–6:00 pm; July 15, 4:00–5:00 pm; July 21, 5:30–6:00 pm
Sophia Stoll, SUNY Fredonia: June 28, 2:00–3:00 pm; June 29, 2:00–3:00 pm; June 30, 3:00–4:00 pm; July 7, 1:00–2:00 pm; July 14, 3:00–4:00 pm; July 21, 2:00–3:00 pm
Stephanie Newton, Pace University: July 1, 3:30–4:00 pm; July 9, 1:30–2:00 pm
Stephany Cardet, Pace University: July 9, 3:00–3:30 pm, 4:00–4:30 pm
Trisha Low, University of Pennsylvania: July 2, 3:30–4:00 pm; July 15, 3:00–3:30 pm
Katherine Sohm, Pace University: July 1, 12:00–1:30 pm; July 7, 12:00–1:00 pm; July 14, 1:30–3:00 pm
Cristina Molina, University of Florida: June 28 9:30–10:00 am; July 8, 11:00 am–1:00 pm; July 15, 11:00 am–12:30 pm; July 22, 11:00 am–12:30 pm