Current Exhibition

Gerald van de Wiele:

VARIATIONS – Seven Decades of Painting (1951-2017)

January 19, 2018 – May 19, 2018 {56 Broadway} 

Curated by Jason Andrew

This historic retrospective captures seven decades of art by Gerald van de Wiele; an exhibition that highlights the artist’s distinctive calibration of color and line while tapping the pulse-rhythm of the natural world.

 

 

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Past Exhibitions

M.C. Richards, Centering: Life + Art, 100 Years

June 3 – August 20, 2016  

Curated by Alice Sebrell

Mary Caroline (M.C.) Richards (1916 – 1999) was born in Weiser, Idaho and grew up in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Reed College and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1945 she joined the faculty at Black Mountain College (BMC) where she taught writing, translated plays, danced, studied pottery and founded The Black Mountain Review. She was one of BMC’s most popular faculty members in the late 1940s and later wrote: “I have no criticism of Black Mountain, it was an entirely transforming, maturing and inspiring experience.”

Interlude

April 8 – 29, 2016

Occasionally, when the college atmosphere became too intense, Josef Albers would announce a week-long “interlude” when everyone in the community was expected to take a break from their studies and pursue activities unrelated to their course work. It was a time to recharge, recalibrate and refocus

Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter

January 22 – May 21, 2016

Curated by Theodore E. Stebbins Jr.

Ray Spillenger studied with Willem de Kooning and Josef Albers at Black Mountain College during the summer of 1948. This exhibition comprises two decades of his work from the BMC era to the late 1960s. Spillenger’s paintings demonstrate a total commitment to abstraction and a passionate love of color.

SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY: Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins and the making of THE PAPER SNAKE

June 5 – August 22, 2015

Curated by Michael Von Uchtrup

Lost for decades, the production materials from this innovative compendium of Ray Johnson’s mail art were only recently rediscovered, in time for the book’s re-publication and the 50th anniversary of its original 1965 release. Lively, quirky, often comic, the texts and drawings that meander among the book’s pages provide an intimate look at the early work of Ray Johnson (1927-1995) through the eyes of Johnson’s friend Dick Higgins (1938-1998)

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.