About Assembly Required
Assembly Required is an art collective founded by artists Danielle Durchslag and Ryan Frank that explores contemporary ritual through dynamic, visual and interactive installations. We believe traditional rituals like Sukkot can be used as a creative foundation to fashion inspiring spaces for both religious and secular communities. Our current project, A Wandering Sukkah, is a public art installation in the form of a mobile sukkah truck that will tour New York City in the fall of 2015. The sukkah truck will park in locations in all five boroughs during the week-long holiday of Sukkot, opening its roof to New Yorkers of all backgrounds for a unique experience of curated sky views and urban solace.
Danielle Durchslag is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including solo exhibitions at Denny Gallery and Yale University. Her work has been shown at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Winkleman Gallery, Foley Gallery, and the Wassaic Project. In addition to her individual practice, she curates/creates as one half of the art collective Assembly Required. Danielle’s work has been discussed in Photograph Magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Jewish Week, amongst others. She studied at Wellesley College, The Museum School of Fine Arts Boston, and New York University. www.danielledurchslag.com
Ryan Frank is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY and Sharon, CT, a native of California and a graduate of New York University. He’s had solo exhibitions at the Invisible Dog Art Center and the Mattatuck Museum, and has exhibited his work at Gallery Rene Mele, Recession Art, the Wassaic Project, the Re Institute, and CR-10. Ryan is an occasional performer and has collaborated on dance and performance projects with choreographers including Laurie Berg and Katie Rose McLaughlin. His curatorial projects include Ode Hotel at the Wassaic Project, Used Books at Winkleman Gallery, and Assembly Required — a roving exhibition within a sukkah that will have its second incarnation at the Invisible Dog in the fall of 2015. www.ryanmfrank.com
During the holiday of Sukkot Jews are commanded to build a sukkah, or hut, and eat and sleep inside the temporary structure for seven days. Sukkahs must be made from natural materials and have a partially open roof in order to see the stars through it. More about Sukkot on Wikipedia.