Stay tuned for news about 1708 Gallery's next Assembler!
Assembler is a series of conversations that occur in conjunction with 1708's exhibitions. Artists, curators, and art and art history professors engage the audience in the process of examining content in Contemporary art, starting with the most basic question: What am I looking at? Assembler creates a dialogue based on the premise that the simplest answer —i.e. "I see a blue square on a black background"—is a valid starting point to understanding a work of art. From here, participants work together to assemble the meaning of the art work shown in the gallery.
Assembler welcomes and encourages all levels of experience to participate!
1708's second Assembler was held on Thursday, November 10th at 6pm and focused on Push, Pull, Resist featuring sculptures by Christian Benefiel. Matt King, artist and Assistant Professor of Art Foundation and Sculpture + Extended Media at VCU lead the conversation.
Our first Assembler was held on Thursday, October 6 at 6pm and focused on 1708's juried biennial, FEED2011, which featured artists: Guy Nelson, Kyan Bishop, Larissa Borteh, Ruby Wescoat, and Shawn Huckins. FEED2011 juror Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions at the University of Richmond Museums, and 1708 Gallery Executive Director Emily Smith lead the conversation.