August 5 - 26
Gallery 924 presents The Art Assignment Show, a group exhibition exploring the diverse responses to the popular online video series produced in partnership with PBS Digital Studios and hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green. The exhibition will include work from Indianapolis based artists Brian McCutcheon, Nathaniel Russell, and Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellow Lauren Zoll who have been featured in the PBS series and shared their own art assignments with the world. Gallery 924 has collected responses to these artists’ assignments from artists in surrounding states, and they will be displayed alongside McCutcheon, Russell, and Zoll’s work in Gallery 924.
The Art Assignment is a weekly educational video series hosted by Green and focuses on the creative process and the act of making. The series introduces viewers to innovative, emerging and established artists and art making approaches, challenges them with creative art assignments, and demystifies contemporary art for broad audiences by exploring art history through the lens of the present. Green travels around the U.S. to meet with artists in order to obtain assignments from them based on their own art practice.
Each video serves as an open call for makers across the globe who can then complete work on their own and share online. A vibrant community of participants has grown around the series, and thousands of artworks have been made and shared socially and through the series.
The exhibition will feature responses to The Art Assignment’s videos from Indiana artists Brian McCutcheon, Lauren Zoll, and Nat Russell. In McCutcheon’s Customize It, viewers were asked to find a common object that they found interesting, make a list of identifying traits about that object, and customize the object while thinking about one of those traits. Zoll’s Off, challenged artists to turn off a screen on any device, take a photo of only the screen (excluding human forms), and think about the color, pattern, and form. In Fake Flyer, Nathaniel Russell asked artists to create a flyer or poster that gave advice, shared something about their life, or promoted an imagined event.
Interested in taking part in an art assignment? On opening night, Gallery 924 patrons can take Russell’s challenge, and create and hang their own Fake Flyer at a flyer-making station.
Learn more about The Art Assignment at TheArtAssignment.com.
LEARN MORE about the artists and this exhibition by watching the Indy Arts Studio Series interview.