of a new “climate control” system, to eliminate the art-damaging humidity that was an unfortunate effect of the old heating and air-conditioning system. Involving seven projects, the April 8 “Do It” show at AMUM will herald the reopening of the museum, and will continue through May 7. AMUM director Leslie Luebbers said the local “Do It” shows were conceived in part to help reintroduce the public to the campus museum, which hosts all types of art shows while also housing Egyptian antiquities, African prints and other works.
A third component of the regional “Do It” initiatives — coordinated by artist Lendon Noe — is set for one day only: March 17, at the University of Memphis Lambuth i n Jackson, Tennessee.
Dobbins and Jones both said the “Do It” shows will be fun, even as they make a point about the relationship between individual expression and art-exhibition continuity.
“One of the thing about being in a community like Memphis is you feel you get to know the artists and their work,” Dobbins said. “This gives them a chance to work outside of their normal studio practice and surprise us.”