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Tonight | BMC’s Opening of “Question Everything!”

Friday, January 24, 5:30-8pm

Question Everything! The Women of Black Mountain College

In the midst of modernism, when the foundations of culture were under question, prompted by war and global crises, women were able to make space for themselves in mediums, movements, and institutions where previously there was little or none. Black Mountain College (1933-1957) was a place where women could explore their identities, where women were expected to question things, to think critically, and to explore their own self-determinacy. This new generation went forward with a strong sense of what it meant to be a woman in the 20th century, forging new paths for themselves and those who followed in their footsteps. See more details HERE.


TONIGHT at Black Mountain College

Aki Onda: Reflections and Repercussions | A multi-media performance exploring the interplay among luminosity, acoustic, architectural, and emotional relationships within the space. Performing with various types of lighting equipment such as theater lights, flashlights, bare light bulb, mirrors and other objects, Onda arranges and rearranges the tools composing the visual and aural as a total environment. For details go HERE.

Architect Spotlight

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 5.38.31 AMGiuseppe Terragni {1904-1943} While researching for various talks on Modernism at Black Mountain College we became familiar with this Italian architect Giuseppe Terragni. He was an Italian architect who worked primarily under the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini and pioneered the Italian modern movement under the rubric of Rationalism. His most famous work is the Casa del Fascio built in Como, northern Italy, which was begun in 1932 and completed in 1936; it was built in accordance with the International Style of architecture and frescoed by abstract artist Mario Radice. Some of his European counterparts were Le Corbusier and Marcel Breuer. We love his clean lines and compositions of shadow and light. Please find more samples of his work on our Pinterest page here. Cheers!

TONIGHT | Mid-Century Modern: Design for Democracy

BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE DISCUSSION | The Mid-Century Modern design aesthetic is as compelling now as it was in the mid 20th century. Find out why and how this style of architecture and design came into being and why it resonates as positively even now. Wednesday, August 3 – 7:30 p.m. @ 69 Broadway {Free for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $8 non-members}Print

Moderated by curator, lecturer, and essayist Andrew Glasgow. Participants include: Charlton Bradsher, of Charlton Bradsher Art + Design; Tamara Reid, Textiles Manager at Knoll Textiles; and Troy Winterrowd of Modern Asheville Real Estate.

Wide Open

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 6.01.48 AMRandy Shull’s Architecture Design for Black Mountain College | This exhibition documents artist, designer and builder Randy Shull’s creative process in the planning, design and construction of two contemporary art museum and research environments for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville, NC. The exhibition will consider the distinctive architectural design of each site, as well as the hand-made furniture, counters, desks, cabinets, and display systems by Randy Shull Design, built using vernacular and available regional materials, and inspired by the design aesthetic and creative philosophies of Black Mountain College. For details visit here. Cheers!

What is Modernism for our Mountains?

Join Modern Asheville, AIA and a few of our designer friends on the evening of Thursday, June 16th for an architectural panel discussion on Modernism and mindful, modern design practice in our mountains at the Black Mountain College Museum. Architects Maria Rusafova, Mark Allison and Thad Rhoden will be moderated by enthusiast Troy Winterrowd. The discussion will be followed by our last Modern Mixer social gathering before our summer break. We hope to see you there. And please — don’t forget to vote today. Cheers!13310455_1008433319234141_7570262326683399378_n


What Black Mountain College Taught

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957,” on view at the Hammer Museum until May 15, makes the case for the creativity, talent, and ongoing influence of this short-lived educational experiment in North Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 6.28.23 AMCarolina. This article in Forbes by contributer Tom Teicholz gives a nice little overview of our cultural phenomena that was and is Black Mountain College and the current exhibit at UCLA. Take a peek a both. Cheers!

Black Mountain College Museum | Interlude

Interlude, co-produced by the Media Arts Project and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is a series of multidisciplinary art events to be held in and around BMCM+AC’s galleries in downtown Asheville starting April 8 through April 29. 12440653_10154100350770159_3745324497159232006_oGo here for more information. Cheers!

Inspired by Josef Albers’ week-long “interlude” when everyone in the Black Mountain College community was expected to take a break from their studies and pursue activities unrelated to their course work, Interlude is a break with our own tradition and will be held in lieu of {Re}HAPPENING, our annual weekend art event at the former Black Mountain College site at Lake Eden.

Ray Spillenger | Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter

Join Black Mountain College Museum + Art for their first exhibition in 2016 on Friday, January 22nd from 5:30 to 8:00pm. Go here for the invite.

BackMountainCollegeRaySpillengerCompositionCurated by Dr. Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., Curator of American Art, Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums, this exhibition features mainly early work created just after Spillenger’s summer at Black Mountain College with Willem de Kooning and Josef Albers, among others. After leaving Black Mountain College, Spillenger moved to New York City, where he became a member of “the Club,” Cedar Tavern regular, and friend to Abstract Expressionist luminaries including Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Philip Guston. Despite significant contributions to the formation of the New York School, Spillenger did not find commercial and critical success: he was pushed to the margins of the art market during his lifetime, then into the shadows of art history. Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter invites a re-examination of 20th-century American art history through a corpus of work made privately and rarely shown to the public. A full color catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Gallery talk by the Curator at 6:45. See you there. Cheers!

Black Mountain College | New Bauhaus Conference

Take notice of this very special and exciting conference happening here in Asheville later this week. The conference will be examining the educational and artistic legacy of the Bauhaus in the U.S. through Black Mountain College and the New Bauhaus/Institute of Design. For details go here. Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 5.43.08 PM

Cheers to everyone who is working hard to make this happen!

Convergence | Divergence

Exploring Black Mountain College + Chicago’s New Bauhaus Institute of Design | Last evening was the opening for Black Mountain College’s newest and most comprehensive exhibit on the college’s beginnings. The seriously stimulating exhibit showcases everything from architecture, textiles, photography and sculpture. A definite must see!BMC Cover

Program Director Alice Sebrell describes it like this, “As we consider the unusual and serendipitous circumstances that led to the founding of and early influence on Black Mountain College {BMC} we quickly encounter the Bauhaus, a lasting force in arts education. The Bauhaus closing dovetailed with BMC’s birth; the two were deeply connected through the powerful presence of Josef and Anni Albers and other refugees who found their way to this isolated rural outpost of progressive education in Western North Carolina. The other prominent recipient of Bauhaus energy and ideas emerged in urban Chicago. The New Bauhaus became the Institute of Design, led by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, an innovative and dynamic teacher, handpicked by Walker Gropius to lead the institution. The two educational forces have since become legendary for their impact on art, education, and ideas. thought the were different in many ways, they shared much. The exhibit investigates those shared connections.”BMC Comp

We recommend you see this exhibit and pick up on the rich creative and cultural foundation of our area. Hopefully, it stimulates you today to bring that energy forward into our collective tomorrow. Cheers to all those who have worked so hard on this one. Well done!

Black Mountain College | Bauhaus Conference

Take notice of this very special and exciting conference happening here in Asheville later this month. The conference will be examining the educational and artistic legacy of the Bauhaus in the U.S. through Black Mountain College and the New Bauhaus/Institute of Design. For details go here. Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 5.43.08 PM

Cheers to everyone who is working hard to make this happen!