Artists George Herms and Betye Saar and MOCA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth discuss assemblage. Assemblage, a practice of art production that combines disparate everyday objects and materials to create new meanings and forms, rose to popularity among American artists following World War II. Artists like Herms and Saar aim to produce work that recycles, recontextualizes, and refashions relationships between objects leading to the reconsideration of art’s role in society.

Cite this page as: The Museum of Contemporary Art, "Assemblage," in Smarthistory, September 15, 2021, accessed July 18, 2024,