Full website with schedule, locations, projects, and participants at assembly2014.tumblr.com.


June (6th), 7th and 8th, 2014

Organized by the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA program, Pedro Reyes, Julie Ault, and Ariana Jacob.  Hosted by The Portland Art Museum and The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.

Assembly is a participatory art and social practice gathering that unfolds over the course of a weekend. Participants of Assembly take an active role in shaping the collective experience by contributing to dialogue, group projects, and publications. Assembly 2014 presents projects by Julie Ault, Pedro Reyes, Ariana Jacob and the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA program. The themes of this year's Assembly, the book and the gun, are guided by the research and practice of the featured artists.

The weekend is structured around collective experiences which include Shine a Light, a night of artist interventions at the Portland Art Museum, Talk to the Gun, a project by Pedro Reyes, Fighting Words, a debate project by Ariana Jacob, and Shapeshifter, a project by Julie Ault.

The event also includes a sleepover at the Portland Art Museum, open only to attendees of Assembly on the evening of Saturday, June 7th.

To register for the event, please click here.


**All event check-in will be at the Portland Art Museum Miller Gallery, which is located in the lobby of the Mark Building.  1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205**


EVENT SCHEDULE- for a full schedule with locations click here. 



Julie Ault is an artist, curator, writer, and editor who works both independently and collaboratively. She often assumes curatorial and editorial roles as forms of artistic practice. Her work emphasizes interrelationships between cultural production and politics and frequently engages historical inquiry. Ault's recent exhibitions include Afterlife: a constellation, for the 2014 Whitney Biennial; the collaboration Macho Man Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Artists Space, New York, 2013–14, (and Museum für Gegenwarts-kunst Basel; Culturgest, Lisbon, 2013); andEver Ephemeral, Remembering and Forgetting in the Archive, Signal and Inter Arts Center, Malmö, 2011. Ault’s edited and authored publications include: Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, (2013); (FC) Two Cabins by James Benning (2011); Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material (2010); Felix Gonzalez-Torres, (2006); Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita (2006); and Alternative Art New York 1965–1985 (2002). Ault teaches on a visiting basis. In 1979 Ault cofounded Group Material, whose practice explored the relationship between art, activism, and politics until disbanding in 1996.

Pedro Reyes is an artist and architect whose work addresses the interplay of physical and social space. His work uses both formal and narrative methods to explore interpersonal relationships as well as political and economical participation. He often relies on architecture, design, language, video and group activities to examine the cognitive contradictions modern life, and the possibility of increasing our individual and collective degree of agency. Reyes has exhibited in institutions throughout the world including the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San Francisco Art Institute; Serpentine Gallery, London; Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan; Aspen Art Museum; Reina Sofia, Madrid; South London Gallery; Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York and Paris; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; P.S.1, New York; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Shanghai Biennale; Seattle Art Museum; Reykjavik Art Museum; and the Venice Biennale.

Ariana Jacob makes artwork that uses conversation as medium and as a subjective research method. Her work explores experiences of interdependence and disconnection, questions her own idealistic beliefs, and investigates how people make culture and culture makes people.  She received her MFA in Art & Social Practice from Portland State University. Her work has been included in the NW Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum, Disjecta’s Portland 2012 Biennial, The Open Engagement Conference and the Discourse and Discord Symposium at the Walker Art Center.