John Andrew Rice: Black Mountain College's Provocative Patriarch and His Complex Persona
Friday October 8th, 7:00 pm
Admission: $5, $3 students and members of BMCMAC
Author and educator Katherine Chaddock Reynolds will speak about John Andrew Rice and the progressive impulse that gave birth to Black Mountain College.
In 1933 a group of disaffected faculty members and students from Rollins College in Florida began a radical new venture in education. They chose the name Black Mountain College for their progressive new school, and despite its brief 23 year existence, this experimental educational community had an impact that is still being reckoned with today.
Over the course of its short life, Black Mountain College's student and teacher roster included such 20th century luminaries as Josef and Anni Albers, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham and John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, M.C. Richards, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, Francine du Plessix Gray, Harry Callahan, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Arthur Penn, and countless others.
One man had the vision and charisma to bring together the people, ideas, and resources that were necessary to start a new college in 1933. John Andrew Rice, a South Carolina native, educated at Tulane, Chicago, and Oxford Universities, maverick educator and controversial genius, is the man who started the college that in many ways mirrored both his gifts and his flaws.
Author and educator, Katherine Chaddock Reynolds will speak about John Andrew Rice and the progressive impulse that gave birth to Black Mountain College. Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration at the University of South Carolina, Reynolds is the author of Visions and Vanities: John Andrew Rice of Black Mountain College published by LSU Press in 1998.
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