September 29–October 1, 2017, in Asheville, North Carolina

Mark your calendars now for BMCM+AC’s annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College in partnership with University of North Carolina Asheville. ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 9 will feature over 60 interdisciplinary presenters from across the United States as well as Lithuania, Russia, and Canada. Topics addressed will include the artistic practices of BMC artists Josef and Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Ray Johnson, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage as well as the poetics of Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Hilda Morley, and John Weiners. 

The conference will feature two keynote addresses: one by conceptual artist Mel Chin, on Friday, September 29, and another with the creative team of Black Mountain Songs on Saturday, September 30. 

The three-day program includes a full schedule of speakers, panels, workshops, and performances and is open to the public. Most conference activities will take place on the UNC Asheville campus at the Reuter Center.

Advance tickets are $40 for current BMCM+AC and OLLI members, $75 for non-members (BMCM+AC annual membership included). This price will increase to $100 for non-members at the door on 9/29, so online pre-registration is highly encouraged (ends at 5 pm on 9/28). Optional discounted tickets to Black Mountain Songs, with performances 9/29 + 9/30, are available to conference attendees for $10, along with an optional tour of the BMC Lake Eden Campus on 10/1 for $15. Both add-ons can be purchased with conference admission at

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Thematic focus: Process + Performance

New initiatives: In conjunction with this year’s conference, we’re thrilled to launch two new efforts: 

  • The ACTIVE ARCHIVE is a stream of programs that pairs BMCM+AC’s extensive collection with contemporary artists, curators, and cultural thinkers. It launches over ReVIEWING weekend with an exhibition featuring our permanent collection of works by BMC alumni curated by interdisciplinary artist Martha McDonald.
  • The BMCM+AC Performance Initiative is a multi-part project that offers new dimensions to our visual art exhibitions. It launches during ReVIEWING with the southeast premiere of Black Mountain Songs, an interdisciplinary collaboration inspired by BMC, performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and curated by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry.

Our Sponsors

Thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Windgate Charitable Foundation, North Carolina Arts Council, UNC Asheville Howerton Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, UNC Asheville Office of the Provost, Osher Center for Lifelong Learning