Zine Release Celebration
And Presentation of selected works from the Abraham Cruzvillegas Call for Art
Saturday, September 2, 2023 – 1–8pm
@ Lamplight AVL {821 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC}

As part of the BMC/MX project, students and artists have been invited to engage creatively with visual prompts offered by Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas. Images of the resulting artworks will be compiled into a zine (available at BMCM+AC in September 2023), and selected works will be on display at Lamplight AVL on September 2.

Program in conjunction with Black Mountain College and Mexico (June 2 – September 9, 2023).


Poster Transcription:

As part of the BMC/MX exhibition, and in the spirit of collaboration, we are looking for groups of artists to engage with visual prompts offered by contemporary Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas. “(I) propose some draft sketches made by me, to be interpreted by students there, into sculptural versions, that would belong to them, both as authors and as owners of the final works.”

  • Select one or more drawings
  • Use any materials to interpret or respond (2D, 3D, 4D, etc)
  • Send your work digitally by 7/13*
  • Works will be published in a zine to be showcased at BMCM+AC and Lamplight AVL on September 2. Selected works will be on display at Lamplight AVL. For more information, email mwofford@warren-wilson.edu

View booklet of prompt sketches: CRUZVILLEGAS PROMPT SKETCHES

*For 3D or 4D works, please send in documentation of your sculptural pieces.

About the Exhibition

Black Mountain College had important links to Mexico that until now have been little investigated. Two crucibles of 20th-century creativity, BMC galvanized and inspired artists and intellectuals from around the world, while Mexico’s innovations and age-old traditions—in fine and applied arts, architecture, poetry, music, performance, and more—dovetailed with, and indeed drove, global impulses toward modernism and beyond. Among the many key BMC figures whose lives were importantly touched by experiences in Mexico were Anni and Josef Albers, Ruth Asawa, John Cage, Jean Charlot, Buckminster Fuller, Carlos Mérida, Robert Motherwell, Charles Olson, Clara Porset, M. C. Richards, and Aaron Siskind. In turn, engagements with BMC have played a role in shaping contemporary approaches to art making in Mexico; BMC/MX features work by numerous Mexican artists who have in some way responded to this legacy.

The project Black Mountain College and Mexico examines these artistic reciprocities. The exhibition includes original visual works and sound installations by prominent contemporary Mexican artists alongside vintage works by BMC artists and relevant archival materials—all highlighting the ways in which ideas and modalities are translated across materials, space, and time. Related programming, collaboratively conceived with Mexican counterparts and the Latinx community of North Carolina, includes “Bizarre Sabado:” a series of weekend presentations and performative actions taking place over the course of the exhibition.

Black Mountain College and Mexico offers new historical research and a significant effort toward inclusion and understanding of multiple perspectives. In short, the project is an investigation into modes of communication—the arenas in which new ideas and alliances may take form.

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