Presentation + Discussion//Making and Meaning: Photobooks and the Social Fabric//4.2.16








Saturday, April 2, 10:00 – 11:30 am Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

In conjunction with photo+craft, internationally recognized artists Clarissa Sligh and Alejandro Cartagena show and talk about their work with photobooks, one of today’s most active and intimate forms of photographic practice. Cartagena’s self-published ‘Before the War’ was selected by both Time and Mother Jones as a 2015 best photobook of the year. Sligh’s new artist book, ‘Transforming Hate’, is set to be released the weekend of photo+craft. Both artists engage issues of contemporary social relevance in deeply personal ways. 




April 8 – 29, 2016

For more up-to-date information, follow along on the Interlude website!

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.

The Media Arts Project (MAP) and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) announce Interlude, a month-long series of contemporary art events to be held in and around BMCM+AC’s galleries in downtown Asheville. Inspired by Albers’ break from the norm, Interlude is a break with our own tradition and will be held in lieu of {Re}HAPPENING, our annual weekend art event at the former Black Mountain College site at Lake Eden.

Interlude celebrates the dynamic partnership of BMCM+AC and The MAP by paying tribute to Black Mountain College’s cultural legacy via contemporary applications of performance, technology and aesthetics. Interlude is a platform for artists of multiple disciplines to carry out experimental and non-traditional practices emphasized by the scholars of Black Mountain College. The event will activate a variety of spaces in downtown Asheville through music, dance, poetry, video, installation, conversation, and participatory events.

Call for Artist Proposals is now closed, artists will be notified of their acceptance by February 10th, 2016. A representative from the review committee is likely to be in touch before that date to ask follow-up questions. 

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An Inevitability: Ray Spillenger, Abstract Expressionism + a snowy weekend opening

BlackMountainCollegeRaySpillengerDavidHuffMother Nature may have been in on a conspiracy to keep Ray Spillenger’s paintings unseen, with a foot of snow dropping for their first unveiling since 1960. The paintings harken back to Black Mountain College’s famous Summer of 1948, and breathe fresh life into the abstract expressionist movement now embedded in the canon of art history. Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter celebrates the work of an artist in league with Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning. The difference? Ray just never got around to finding critical acclaim before Andy Warhol redefined the “avant-garde,” and abstract expressionism stepped aside for Pop Art to claim the cultural zeitgeist. But now, unearthed from his 10th Street apartment, cleaned and framed on the wall of our gallery at 56 Broadway, Ray Spillenger’s paintings are finally shining. And an impressive group of hearty souls even braved the storm to welcome them! 

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Presentation and Book Launch

Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.
It’s been over sixty-five years since Jerrold Levy and Richard Negro composed, circulated, and performed Poems by Gerard Legro on the campus of Black Mountain College. Long forgotten in an archival box, the previously unpublished collaboration is now in print for the first time. Dr. Alessandro Porco will discuss the history of Poems by Gerard Legro and read a short selection from the book. Free Admission



Bidding Convergence/Divergence Farewell + Welcoming Ray Spillenger

BlackMountainCollegeMuseumConvergenceExhibtionClosing1_2015In the aptly named “Form and Function” section of Modern Magazine‘s Winter 2016 issue, Margot Ammidown remarked that “of all the institutions with a Bauhaus legacy, Black Mountain retains the image of a creative arcadia that produced many of the great artists of the mid-twentieth century.”

Ammidown, reviewing our recently closed CONVERGENCE/DIVERGENCE: Exploring Black Mountain College + Chicago’s New Bauhaus/Institute of Design, which was on view from September 4, 2015 – December 31, 2015, highlights moments of cross-pollination between the two schools but also discusses each school’s unique legacy – namely the reinstitution of the New Bauhaus as the Institute of Design, and Black Mountain College’s unique emphasis on experimentation rather than industry. 

We are sorry to see the objects, works, ephemera, and images of CONVERGENCE/DIVERGENCE go, but in a few weeks we will be thrilled to open the doors for our next exhibition: Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain College Painter, opening January 22, 2016 on view through May 21, 2016. 

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.  read more…

Travel Scholarship Supports Asheville Artist’s Trip to Russia

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) announces that Design Apprentice and Museum Intern Carley Brandau will travel to Moscow, Russia this summer to take part in the exhibition Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015 at the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum as part of BMCM+AC’s new Research Travel Grant program. Brandau’s BMCM+AC-administered travel scholarship is generously funded by a donation from Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer.

Brandau, a local artist and UNC Asheville graduate, began at BMCM+AC in October 2014 as a Design Apprentice, working under internationally-known, Asheville-based designer and artist Randy Shull on the redesign and renovation of the museum’s 56 Broadway gallery space. In February, 2015, Brandau was selected as a member of the inaugural class of Windgate Museum Interns at BMCM+AC. The Internship program, Apprenticeship program, and gallery redesign and renovation are part of the museum’s three-year Windgate Charitable Foundation-funded expansion plan. Brandau continues to document BMCM+AC’s expansion through the curation of dedicated Tumblr and Instagram accounts.  read more…