Academy Records, a two-person collaborative project comprised of Steve Lacy and Andy Hall, co-organize projects that examine the social experience of works of art. For their 12 × 12 project, the duo creates a work that addresses aspects of the MCA itself: the entertainment at the event that functions as the opening for 12 × 12 projects, First Fridays, and the Sol LeWitt work installed in the sculpture garden.
At the First Friday event on June 6, Academy Records coordinates and videotapes a performance by a high school marching band from Barlett, Illinois, that takes place on the LeWitt sculpture garden work—an allusion to the work’s resemblance to a football field. The performance of the band represents an ironic twist on the very different musical acts, usually fashionable rock-and-roll bands or ultrahip DJs, that typically provide the entertainment at First Friday events. Academy Records presents the video footage of this event as the exhibition in September 2003.