Sept. 6, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Curated by Katie Lee
This exhibition is designed to inspire new ways of thinking about the role and impact of Black Mountain College on developing craft and design movements in America and internationally. It includes ceramics, textiles, furniture, sculpture, paintings, printed material and ephemera created by students and faculty during and after Black Mountain College.
The exhibition is curated by Katie Lee and will be accompanied by a full color catalogue with an essay by the curator.
Highlights of the exhibition include:
• Furniture by Josef Albers, Lawrence Kocher, Mim Sihvonen and Molly Gregory.
• Ceramics by Karen Karnes, Shoji Hamada, Robert Turner, M.C. Richards, Peter Voulkos, Cynthia Homire and David Weinrib.
• A loom from the BMC Weaving Workshop.
• The original woodblock and its associated print for a Josef Albers print made at BMC.
• Textiles by students of Anni Albers, including Fred Goldsmith, Erris Burnett, Ragland Watkins, Elizabeth Schmitt Jennerjahn, Don Page and Lore Kadden Lindenfeld.
• Sculpture by Ruth Asawa, James Prestini, Leo Amino and Kenneth Snelson.
• Printed broadsides from the BMC printshop.
• BMC ephemera, including architectural plans for the campus by Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, a notebook from Anni Albers’ weaving class, and a “Craft Horizons” article by Anni Albers.
Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design will be installed at the BMC Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville from September 6, 2013 – January 4, 2014. The show will be accompanied by a catalogue, featuring full-color images of a selection of the works on display. The exhibition is expected to travel to several additional venues around the country, including Winthrop University and the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber State University, Utah.
CONFERENCE: ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 5: Shaping Craft + Design
The annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College conference will take place Oct. 11-13, 2013 at the Reuter Center/ Osher Lifelong Learning Center on the UNC Asheville campus. To learn more about this years conference click here.
The project will also include a comprehensive schedule of educational programming designed to broaden the public’s understanding and engagement with Black Mountain College’s legacy and the role of craft and design in America. To learn more about upcoming programming, click here.
Support for this project has been generously provided by the following: The Windgate Foundation; the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; and UNC Asheville. Include NCAC logo. Special thanks to Susan Rhew Design and Mikkel Hansen.