Robert Motherwell: The Quiet + The Wild

June 2 – September 2, 2017 {56 Broadway}

Curated by Jerald Melberg and Alice Sebrell

“Art is an experience, not an object.” ~ Robert Motherwell

As a teacher at Black Mountain College in 1945 and 1951, Robert Motherwell provided a strong link to the emerging Abstract Expressionist movement in New York City.  This exhibition features a selection of his work from 1965 to 1990.

Painting: Robert Motherwell, Drunk With Turpentine No 14, 1979, 19 x 15 inches © 1979 Dedalus Foundation, Inc / Licensed by VAGA, NY

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Frank Hursh: Marking Place + Space

June 2 – September 2, 2017 {69 Broadway}

Curated by Brian Butler

Frank Hursh attended Black Mountain College from 1949 until 1950 and has been a working artist and educator in Mexico since 1956. Painting, drawing, and art education have been constants in Hursh’s life, and this exhibition of his visual works shows off his mastery of color and mark making, hallmarks of painters in the BMC tradition.

Painting: Frank Hursh, Untitled, 1994, acrylic on board, 36 x 48 inches © Frank Hursh

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Past Exhibitions

poemumbles: 30 years of Susan Weil’s poem/images

January 30 – May 23, 2015

Curated by Brian E. Butler + Rachael Inch

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center celebrates our ReOPENING with special exhibition of work by Susan Weil. Susan Weil is a painter, printmaker and book artist living in New York City. She studied at Académie Julian in Paris before enrolling at Black Mountain College in 1948 and then later at the Art Students League in New York. Weil is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among the Poets

September 5 – December 27, 2014

Curated by Brian E. Butler

This exhibition showcases the work of the lyrical abstract expressionist painter Dan Rice, a key figure in the ‘40s and ‘50s at Black Mountain College and in the art world centered on New York’s legendary Cedar Tavern. His friends included fellow artists de Kooning, Kline, Rothko, Pollock, Rauschenberg, and many others, along with poets such as Robert Creeley and Charles Olson.

INTERLUDE: A Look at the Collection and Jacqueline Gourevitch: Site Reconstruction

May 29 – August 23, 2014

Our summer exhibition has two components: INTERLUDE showcasing recent or rarely seen additions to our growing collection of artwork and other material related to Black Mountain College and Site Reconstruction, a separate, focused exhibition of paintings of the World Trade Center reconstruction site by New York-based artist and BMC alumna Jacqueline Gourevitch.

Cynthia Homire: Vision Quest

January 24 – May 17, 2014

Curated by Connie Bostic

This exhibition examines the work of poet, potter and visual artist Cynthia Homire, a Black Mountain College alumna, now in her early 80s. Homire was a student at Black Mountain College from 1950-1954, where she studied with Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and M. C. Richards, among many others. The artist will be present at the opening.

Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design

Sept. 6, 2013 – January 4, 2014

Curated by Katie Lee

This exhibition is designed to inspire new ways of thinking about the role and impact of Black Mountain College on developing craft and design movements in America and internationally. It includes ceramics, textiles, furniture, sculpture, paintings, printed material and ephemera created by students and faculty during and after Black Mountain College.

Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design

June 14 – August 21, 2013

Curated by Vladimir Belogolovsky

his retrospective exhibition illuminates Seidler’s legacy as Australia’s most important modernist architect. Harry Seidler studied with Josef Albers at Black Mountain College in the mid-1940s and became a major proponent of Bauhaus principles of design in his architectural practice.

John Urbain: No Ideas but in Things

January 18 – June 1, 2013

Curated by Yvette Torres

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is proud to announce John Urbain: No Ideas but in Things, an exhibition of collages and paintings by Black Mountain College alumnus John Urbain, opening January 18, 2013. The project includes a retrospective exhibition of Urbain’s paintings and collages (including selected work from BMC), a publication, and a rich array of public programming, all designed to honor and recognize Urbain, sharing his work with a diverse audience in the WNC region and beyond.

Looking Forward at Buckminster Fuller’s Legacy

September 21 – December 29, 2012

Curated by Elizabeth Thompson

The exhibition will address the legacy of Buckminster Fuller as a legendary inventor of the 20th century and a visionary role model for a new generation of artists, thinkers and problem-solvers in the 21st century. The show will represent Fuller’s own ideas and inventions through a selection from Invention: Twelve Around One, a portfolio of screenprints published by the Carl Solway Gallery, which include images and schematics of Fuller’s inventions.

David Weinrib: Bridging

June 8 – September 8, 2012

Exhibition features a gallery talk by Artist David Weinrib will speak about his work and the current exhibition during the opening reception, as well as a moderated discussion on THE ART OF CREATION: A public discussion on the creative process with MOTION Dance+Theatre, and a poetry performance followed by a commemoration of John Cage’s centennial, percussionists Jason DeCristofaro, Laura Franklin and Matthew Richmond will play Cage’s Third Construction composed in 1941.

John Cage: A Circle of Influences

September 30, 2011 – January 14, 2012

This exhibition explores multiple aspects of Cage’s work from his important time at Black Mountain College to his later collaborative projects including the Mountain Lake Workshop in Virginia and Crown Point Press and includes some of the unusual materials he used in his work like stones, feathers and a very large custom-made brush along with the oversized trough that held paint.
John Cage (1912-1992) was a man of many interests: music, mushrooms, Zen Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy, visual art and dance. He pioneered the practice of “preparing” the piano by inserting objects into the strings, thereby altering the sound of the instrument in radical ways.