Elaine and Willem de Kooning + The Summer of 1948

When the summer of 1948 rolled around, Elaine and Willem de Kooning were relieved to take a break from the New York art scene which seemed to be taking from them much more than it was giving. On an invitation from Josef Albers, Willem came to Black Mountain College to...

Unsung Women of the Bauhaus

It’s a story that is becoming more and more well known: female students, hoping to study art, design, and architecture, flocked to the Bauhaus when it opened its doors in 1933. Walter Gropius, when faced with this influx of female students, made the decision to...

Materials, Sounds + Black Mountain College

Civilization seems in general to estrange men from materials, from materials in their original form. The process of shaping these is so divided into separate steps that one person is rarely involved in the whole course of manufacture, often knowing only the finished...

FILMS@BMCM+AC: STAN VANDERBEEK

Thursday, October 10 – 7pm Films@BMCM+AC Stan VanDerBeek films. An evening of short films by Stan VanDerBeek, including Science Friction (1959), Breathdeath (1963), Poemfield No. 2 (1966), and others. Free for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $8...

VIRTUAL BAUHAUS: VR EXPERIENCE

September 23 – October 7  Using Virtual Reality technology, Virtual Bauhaus offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience, transporting them into the architectural space of the iconic Bauhaus Dessau building. Created and sponsored by Goethe-Institut....

GALLERY TALK: THE MOON MUSEUM

Thursday, October 3 – 7pm The Moon Museum: Apollo XII’s Secret Art Mission. Hear about this first-ever ‘Space Art’ object,  and how it secretly became a part of the Apollo XII lunar lander by author and art historian Jade Dellinger.  The Moon Museum was the...

ReVIEWING 11

September 20-22 ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 11.  Held at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center, this annual conference explores the history and legacy of Black Mountain College through presentations, workshops, and performances. Keynote Speakers: Sara VanDerBeek artist...

OPENING RECEPTION: VANDERBEEK + VANDERBEEK

Friday, September 20, 6:30-8:30pm 7pm PERFORMANCE: Max VanDerBeek, percussion artist and son of Stan VanDerBeek, will perform a live percussion response to the recently digitized footage Stan VanDerBeek created with Merce Cunningham as part of their larger...

DRAWING WORKSHOP

Tuesdays, October 15 – December 17 from 1-3pm  Drawing Workshop. Regi Weile, architect and educator, teaches this 10 session workshop synthesizing the Foundation Courses of the Werkbund Movement, the DeStijl Movement, and the Bauhaus. Sessions will be progressive in...

PERSPECTIVES: TRACEY MORGAN

Wednesday, October 16 – 12-1pm PERSPECTIVES Lunchtime Conversations @ BMCM+AC. Explore our VanDerBeek + VanDerBeek exhibition along with an artist, historian, or scholar who will give perspective and context to the work from their particular point of view. Guest...

FILMS@BMCM+AC: BAUHAUS SPIRIT: 100 YEARS OF BAUHAUS

Thursday, October 24 – 7pm Films@BMCM+AC Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus. This film gives a fascinating look at how the Bauhaus ideas about art, theater, design, and architecture continue to shape our world today. The film celebrates the cultural history of...

BOOK LAUNCH: LETTERS TO JARGON

Wednesday, October 30 – 7pm Letters to Jargon – Book Launch and Presentation by Andrew Rippeon. Letters to Jargon collects all of the known correspondence between poet Larry Eigner and Jonathan Williams, BMC alumnus, poet, photographer, and the influential...

WORKSHOPS: ULTRA LOW-BUDGET FILMMAKING

Saturday, November 2  Two Ultra low-budget Filmmaking Workshops (Narrative and Experimental) 9am – 12:30 (Narrative) and 2pm – 5:30 (Experimental) Filmmaker and multi-media artist Adam Larsen teaches this hands-on filmmaking workshop using iPhones and everyday...

PERFORMANCE: AKI ONDA

Wednesday, November 6 – 7PM 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...

PERSPECTIVES: CURT CLONINGER

Wednesday, November 13 – 12-1pm PERSPECTIVES Lunchtime Conversations @ BMCM+AC. Explore our VanDerBeek + VanDerBeek exhibition along with an artist, historian, or scholar who will give perspective and context to the work from their particular point of view. Guest...

PERFORMANCE: SI OTSEDOHA (WE’RE STILL HERE)

Thursday, November 21 – 7pm The Cherokee Chamber Singers perform “Si Otsedoha (We’re Still Here)” by William Brittelle.  In 2017, Cherokee student leaders assembled a forum for open discussion on what it means for them to be Cherokee in the past, present,...

GALLERY TALK: GLORIA SUTTON

Thursday, December 5 – 7pm Reframing contemporary art history: On the work of Sara and Stan VanDerBeek. Author and art historian Gloria Sutton examines Sara VanDerBeek’s recent photographic work in relationship to the Expanded Cinema experiments of her father,...

PERFORMANCE: JOHNNY GANDELSMAN

Thursday, December 12 – 7pm Johnny Gandelsman performs Bach’s complete cello suites.  Grammy award-winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman brings his new project to BMCM+AC, presenting Bach’s complete cello suites on the violin. A founding member...

VanDerBeek + VanDerBeek

September 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020 {120 College Street}

Curated by Sara VanDerBeek and Chelsea Spengemann, Director of the Stan VanDerBeek Archive

VanDerBeek + VanDerBeek presents artwork by Sara VanDerBeek (b. 1976, Baltimore, MD) alongside work by her father, Stan VanDerBeek (b. 1927, New York, NY – d. 1984, Baltimore, MD), a Black Mountain College alum. The show includes a selection of Stan VanDerBeek’s restored films, featuring layers of dance, color, and sound – often through collaborations with other artists. Contemporary artist, Sara VanDerBeek, created new work for the exhibition connected to the BMC legacy. Together Sara VanDerBeek and Chelsea Spengemann, Director of the Stan VanDerBeek Archive, will curate an exhibition that bridges the historic and contemporary. VanDerBeek + VanDerBeek is supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant.

PERFORMANCES: FLYER IN A DARK CHAMBER // OKAPI + EDWIN SALAS

Saturday, August 24 – 7pm  Flyer in a Dark Chamber A reimagining of the mythology of Lilith, told through spoken-word, dance and music. Ten vignettes explore the stories of Lilith as the first wife of Adam, an empowered and emancipated woman, an outcast from Eden, the...