Assemblage is the technique of creating three-dimensional compositions from found objects. Similar to collage, which is two-dimensional, assemblage typically employs unexpected, nontraditional materials, which are combined to create a sculptural piece. The resulting artwork not only retains references to its original components but also takes on new narrative meanings, which may reflect the artist's personal experience or refer to a larger sociopolitical context. Assemblage is the technique most closely identified with West Coast art of the late 1950s and early 1960s. This art form gained greater recognition thanks to the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition The Art of Assemblage in 1961.

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"Assembling." Now Dig This! Art in Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2016.