Upcoming Exhibit

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

June 5 – August 22, 2015                    
Curated by Michael Von Uchtrup
Opening reception: Friday, June 5, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. with a gallery talk by curator 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), one of the Fluxus movement’s impresarios and the founder of the groundbreaking Something Else Press. The exhibition will also include collages by Ray Johnson, many of which have never before been exhibited. Read More >>

Presentation - Snakes Escape

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Saturday, June 6, 2:00 p.m.
Snakes Escape – with Michael von Uchtrup + Julie J. Thomson
Moderated by Brian E. Butler 
A conversation between two Ray Johnson scholars looking at this enigmatic artist's career with a particular emphasis on the evolution and making of The Paper Snake and his other books. 
Free BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $5 non-members

Image Citation: Ray Johnson, Red Snakes, c. 1980s. (c) The Ray Johnson Estate, Courtesy Richard L. Feigen & Co

Introducing Katherine de Vos Devine: New Executive Director

Katherine de Vos Devine has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center.  Beginning July 1, 2015, she will be responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the institution as it expands its facilities and programs.

Ms. Devine, who is completing her Ph.D. in Art History at Duke University, and who has been active in research and curatorial projects at Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art, also received her J.D. degree from Duke in 2010. After completing a B.A. in Art History, also from Duke, she returned to her native New York City and worked as a paralegal at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, assisting with incorporations, tax-exempt status, corporate governance, and strategic planning for over 100 public charities and private foundations from 2005 to 2007. In that position, she worked with a diversity of non-profit organizations including museums, arts centers, dance troupes, and theater companies, among others. Read More>>

Online at nytimes.com:

NYTimesArtcileWebImgWe were in the New York Times in March 2015! The detailed article included a history and expansion on BMCM+AC's, with an accompanying slideshow of archival images representing Black Mountain College's past, and new photographs of our 56 Broadway gallery. You can view the the article online, click here.

From the article:
“We try to have one foot in the past, honoring what happened at the college,” said Alice Sebrell, the museum’s program director, who runs the institution with a staff of two and a few interns. “But we also keep one foot very much in the present, looking to the future and what ideas artists are investigating today.”

We're grateful for this national recognition of 21 years of efforts toward remembering and honoring Black Mountain College's legacy, as well as for all who have contributed to those efforts.

Design Apprenticeship Blog

BMCExpandByCarleyBrandauFor updates on the work-in-progress, be sure to check out the Instagram account that Brandau is curating, blkmtncollege_expand, as well as her Tumblr page: http://blkmtncollege-expand.tumblr.com.

This fall, we received funding from the Windgate Charitable Foundation to begin the pilot phase of our first-ever Design Apprenticeship program. We are proud to announce that artist and recent UNCA graduate Carley Brandau has been selected as the inaugural Design Apprentice for this program.

This apprenticeship directly supports BMCM+AC’s redesign and renovation of our new gallery space in the building owned by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, and the adaptive conversion of our current 56 Broadway space into a research and study center. Through one-on-one training sessions, the program echoes the workshop structure of both the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. Artist, designer, entrepreneur, and collector Randy Shull, commissioned to design and oversee the physical expansion of BMCM+AC, is the design mentor for the pilot program, which focuses on design and furniture building. Read More >>

Grand {Re}OPENING

Our Grand {Re}OPENING marks the completion of Phase 1 of our Windgate Charitable Foundation-funded expansion project. Our space has been redesigned and renovated by internationally-known artist and designer Randy Shull.

At the end of December 2014, minutes after BMCM+AC staff moved museum storage to our new storage facility located diagonally across the street from our current space, Shull and his team (Sergio Gomez Franco and Design Apprentice Carley Brandau) began the interior renovations in earnest. Weeks before this, Shull had been fabricating original furniture, with designs inspired by Josef and Anni Albers, in his cavernous Biltmore studio. Shull has sculpted a more accessible museum, library, and study center with multiple ways to access the history and legacy of BMC, a more efficient workspace, and an immersive gallery that takes its aesthetic inspiration... Read More >>

Poemumbles: 30 years of Susan Weil's poem/images

SusanWeilApril2000forwebExhibition - January 30 – May 23, 2015

Curated by Rachael Inch and Brian E. Butler
Opening reception: Friday, Jan. 30, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
with a gallery talk by Weil's studio assistant and exhibition co-curator Rachael Inch

This project receives support from: the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Asheville Area Arts Council; UNC Asheville Howerton Distinguished Professor in the Humanities.

Susan Weil's poemumbles are a unique form of poetic expression that explore the limitless potential and fluidity of her thoughts in visual and verbal form. Weil has always had an affinity for words. Ever since her father Leonard read Chaucer and Joyce to her as a child, words have given Weil a unique way of looking at the world. When Susan met her Swedish dealer Anders Tornberg in 1977, she began sending him poems and accompanying images. Read More >>