Dehn Conference

Dehn Conference

This past December, I was honored to be part of a four person team that organized a week long conference dedicated to the history and legacy of Max Dehn. Max Dehn was a faculty member at BMC, from 1945-1952. This conference included 16 mathematicians and historians of science and the arts. The participants plan to produce a book about the life and legacy of Max Dehn. The book is intended for a broad audience of readers with interests in the history of mathematics and the arts.

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Zola Marcus: Making Connections and Continuing the Conversation

Zola Marcus: Making Connections and Continuing the Conversation

“It is not sufficient in an art of pure composition to appeal to sensation: the work of art must evoke a response at a deeper level, the level we now call unconscious; and ‘the vibrations of the spirit’ that then take place are either personal, in that they effect some kind of mental integration, or perhaps supra-personal in that they assume the archetypal patterns into which mankind projects an explanation of its destiny.” Herbert Read, A Concise History of Modern Painting (p. 249)

My favorite old-school art historian Herbert Read could have written this about any one of the canvases on display in the exhibition Zola Marcus – Kinetic Origins, however, this passage is from his discussion of the German Expressionist movement and the writings of Vasily Kandinsky. It is one of many indicators of the connections that can be made between the works of Zola Marcus and a vast number of 20th century art theories and movements. It hints at how beautiful, stunning, and rich the material is that we get to explore when we delve into Marcus’s oeuvre. And it alludes to the quest on which we all embark – artists and viewers alike – about finding our destiny in our experience of the world.

Though with this introduction, I’m getting ahead of myself. To begin this journey, we have to take two steps back. The first step back is the one that establishes a connection between the artist and myself. When I originally received the invitation to moderate a panel on Zola Marcus, I was sure there had been a mix-up and they had contacted the wrong person. I had never heard of the artist (and only later found out that I’m not alone in this) and although my art historic training had been rooted in an environment strongly impacted by all things Abstract Expressionism, the movement itself had not become the focus of my scholarship.

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Thanks for Another Great Year!

Thanks for Another Great Year!

  • Our Ray Spillenger exhibition got off to a snowy start!

Friends,

As we look forward to 2017, we want to take a moment to thank you for your support this year. Your contribution made it possible for us to present:

the work of 302 artists and scholars,
in 5 exhibitions, and 158 presentations, performances and workshops,
that were seen by 20,000+ people
who paid on average, $8 for per event
and saw our exhibitions and gallery talks for free.

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{Re}Happening 2017 Call for Artists

{Re}Happening 2017 Call for Artists

CALL FOR ARTISTS Letter of Intent is due on December 21, 2016 Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center announces an opportunity for artists to participate in the 2017 {Re}HAPPENING on Saturday March 25 between 3pm-10pm at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. We...

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FBI Investigations at BMC

FBI Investigations at BMC

FBI Investigations of Black Mountain College

At the height of mid-20th Century communist paranoia, the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a secret investigation into Black Mountain College. Students and faculty of the college have told stories of how troubling and ridiculous it was to see trenchcoat-wearing FBI agents sneaking around campus, but finally last year, the bureau declassified the investigation file at the request of the Carolina Public Press via the Freedom of Information Act. Now available for public viewing, the file elucidates the motives and methods behind the investigation.

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Ronald R. Janssen Library + Study Center Opens at BMCM+AC

Ronald R. Janssen Library + Study Center Opens at BMCM+AC

We are thrilled to announce the opening of the Ronald R. Janssen Library + Study Center in the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) gallery at 69 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville, NC. Ron Janssen is Professor Emeritus at Hofstra University in New York, where he taught English for more than thirty years and served as the founding chair of the Department of Writing Studies. Read more…

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