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Marcel Breuer | Happy Birthday

Breuer CompMarcel Breuer was born in 1902 on this day and I thought, as always, it was an appropriate day to showcase some information on Asheville’s own Weizenblatt House in Lakeview Park. When driving through the neighborhood I always go out of my way to get just a glimpse. Here is a link for more on the Weizenblatt House which is actually a duplex. And below is a photo of the studies building on the former Black Mountain College. The building was designed by both Marcel and Walter Gropius then built by students in 1940 and 1941. Happy Birthday Marcel and thanks for leaving your mark on Asheville!Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 6.25.37 AM


Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 9.43.04 AMHi Folks. Locally speaking, one sure sign of spring is the {Re}Happening is soon upon us. Tickets are on sale now for the April 4, 2015 event. Over 50 Regional and National Artists are participating in this interdisciplinary event in a beautiful and historic setting.J_Smilanic RH2014-18

The {Re}HAPPENING re-imagines Black Mountain College’s tradition of Saturday night parties and performances, and pays tribute to the innovative artists of the legendary Black Mountain College. The event launches a contemporary platform for more than 50 artists, performers and patrons to experience adventurous art and creativity in the present day.

Here is a great video that captures the spirit of the event. Enjoy!

The event has two ticket levels available — General Admission for $20 ($18 for Members) which includes two drink tickets and access to all art installations and performances between 3pm and 10pm. An $85 dinner ticket ($75 for Members) enables patrons additional entry to the cocktail reception and small plate feast-style dinner. Children under 12 are $10. For more information on the event, further schedule details, artists or to purchase tickets visit the event website here or stop by the Black College Museum.Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 5.56.37 AM

As you know I’m always talking about maintaining and growing Asheville’s creative and cultural legacy. Here is something that does both. Get out there and enjoy. Cheers! Troy

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center | Debuts Tonight

Desk1-1100x767The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center officially reopens tonight, Jan. 30, (following a month long closure and a complete gallery overhaul) with a reception for its newest exhibition, Poemumbles: 30 years of Susan Weil’s poems/images. For more on this read the article from Mountain Express.

Center for Craft, Creativity and Design

I seem to be circling downtown lately in effort to get from one place to another and don’t stop to enjoy some of the new things. I had the opportunity to meet a friend at the Creperie Bouchon late yesterday afternoon. {first time there – yum!} I purposely left early to stop by the new Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. It is very exciting to have this organization here and CC CompI’m looking find ways for Modern Asheville to get involved. It is right across from my other favorite place the Black Mountain College Museum. We are so lucky to have both downtown. I encourage you to take time for a visit.

{Re}Happening 2013

Even with friends participating, I admit I knew very little about the {Re}Happening event prior to viewing the attached 12 minute video. There is no need for me to write about it as the video sums it up beautifully. I’m very inspired by this added layer to our rich cultural and artistic history and looking forward to attending the 5th year. Thanks Brandon and Libby for sharing. See you soon!

View here: ReHappening


The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) and the Media Arts Project (MAP) present the 4th annual {Re}Happening: Inspired by our imaginings about what a “typical” Saturday night at Black Mountain College might have been like, the {Re}Happening pays tribute to the groundbreaking artistic innovation of Black Mountain College as well as its community tradition of Saturday night parties and performances. The goal of the event is to bring BMC’s dynamic energy into the present day.

Highlighted 2013 {Re}Happening Artists: Sara Baird, Brandon Pass, Libby O’Bryan, Ted Pope, Constance Humphries, Severn Eaton, Paul Hersey, Kimathi Moore

Esteban Vicente: The Art of Interruption

Current Exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum

kalani-hawaiiI was invited to join my friends David, David and Susan tonight to view the current exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum. Artist Esteban Vicente, along with many things, briefly taught at Black Mountain College in the summer of 1953. Please make sure you take the time to explore his abstract expressionist work and support the museum. It is one of my favorite exhibits I have seen here. His work will be on display for four months until January 12th. For further information click here.



Champagne and Chinet

Black Mountain College Museum and
Art Center fundraiser

Art, champagne, the sound of a gavel, and the shout of “SOLD!” made for a fun and lively summer evening at the Young Men’s Institute (YMI), a historic Asheville landmark.  It was the annual Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center (BMCM+AC) “Food for Thought”

Entering the YMI, we greeted a few friends including Alice Sebrell, Director of the BMCM+AC, and quickly made our way to the freely flowing champagne bar, reviewed the auction items and planned our bidding strategy.  We knew competition was going to be tough as the lots were beautiful ceramic plates and platters designed and decorated by some of Western North Carolina’s nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists including Taiyo la Paix, Donald Sultan, Marcia Cohen, and Alli Good.  Each plate featured a quote from a Black Mountain College poet, painter, philosopher, architect or scientist and were interpreted by the participating artists.

Alli Good + Marcia Cohen + Taiyo La Paix

The auction began promptly at 8:45 with 30 ceramic art pieces to be sold in support of the BMCM+AC.  Our competitive instincts had to kick in as the  plates were being sold between blinks and sips of champagne.  The highest price bid was $625.00 for Kathy Triplett’s “The doors keep rattling – Denise Levertov” in a dramatic bidding war across the auditorium ending in cheers and hugs.  The average bid price was $275.00.  Alas, we just missed winning Donald Sultan’s “Hot Dog Hot Dog” at $425.00.

The evening came to a close with a very special treat – Visual artist Mel Chin entertaining us with a conceptual performance piece.  Chin’s piece grew out of the combination of his time constraint, ethnicity, and theme for the evening…the use of plates to convey a former Black Mountain School artist’s quote.  Chin’s work typically focusses on environmental, cultural or social circumstances in an effort to bring light to our place in this world.  For Saturday night’s performance, Chin used lighthearted humor to highlight each poem.  Being of Chinese decent, he selected 4 Chinet  paper dinner plates as his medium, (get the play on words here?);  with one imprinted with maggots, one with a gingerbread man, one modified as a yellow mask, and one, a plate with the bite taken out of it highlighting the bitterness of the process and the referenced poem.

Brigid Burns + Donald Sultan

The bidding ended on a high note – one lucky participant walked home with a unique time capsule of a piece created  by an internationally recognized conceptual artist preserving the legacy of an important American cultural institution; Black Mountain College.  The richness of all the artist’s contributions and the benevolence of the bidders made for a fantastic evening.

Article written by Cameron Campbell and Photos courtesy of Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center