The General Public
The General Public is an “open call” for the general public to submit an artwork to be on display for two weeks. Publicly promoted to artists and non-artists alike, the exhibition invites the public to contribute a work—there is no entry fee and only two conditions of entry: one work per person can be submitted and the scale of the work is limited to a size that fits under one’s arm.
This exhibition concept is not without precedent. Famously, the New York-based Society of Independent Artists invited in 1916 the public to submit any work, subject to no aesthetic criteria, provided that the $5 membership was paid. That exhibition led to the great twentieth-century scandal in which R. Mutt’s Fountain (aka Duchamp’s urinal) was rejected. Decades later, Walter Hopps’ 1978 exhibition, 36 Hours, had a similar framework. There was no selection, no rules; artists were invited to bring one work and have it exhibited for 36 hours.