September 4, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Curated by Michael Reid
This exhibition explores the relationship between the two most direct Bauhaus educational descendants in America: Josef Albers’ Black Mountain College in North Carolina and Chicago’s New Bauhaus/Institute of Design, founded by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. A full color, 64-page catalogue accompanies this exhibition.



Related Programming

September 25 – 27
ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 7: Bauhaus + USA
Co-hosted by BMCM+AC and UNC Asheville, the three-day program, open to the public, will focus on the Bauhaus legacy in the United States with a full schedule of speakers, panels, workshops, and performances.
Registration + Schedule Info 
Keynote Speaker: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Featured Speakers: Jonathan Creasy, Brenda Danilowitz, Fabienne Eggelhofer, Mary Emma Harris, and Margret Kentgens-Craig

Friday, October 23 // 12:00 – 1:30pm
Ideas Without Walls / In-Between the Spaces: Works in Progress
As part of the Ideas without Walls: In between the Spaces series, Principal Arne Emerson presents recent work at Morphosis architects, spanning from large-scale urban planning projects to built work at multiple scales. Focusing on the interaction between design, technology, and fabrication, Emerson will outline how ‘process’ emerges as the central driver and catalyst for bringing theory and contextual research into realized form.
Co-sponsored by the Western Carolina University Design Development Foundation
FREE for BMCM+AC members & students // $7 for non-members

Sunday, October 25 // 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Notan: Role Reversal in Design
Heather Allen Hietala will lead this workshop focusing on the power and magic of the Japanese design principal of Notan.  We will explore the interaction between positive and negative space, between a shape and its background, and the complementary principals of yin and yang. Space is limited! Call 828-350-8484 to register.
$55 BMCM+AC members + students w/ID // $65 non-members

Saturday, November 14 // 8:00 pm
MadHat’s Poetry, Prose, & Anything Goes 
With poets Lisa Jarnot and Thomas Meyer.
$5 for BMCM+AC members // $8 for non-members

Thursday, November 19 // 7:00 p.m.
An evening of short film selections connected to Black Mountain College and Chicago’s Institute of Design, including rarely seen footage made by students at both schools. $5 BMCM+AC members & students w/ID // $8 for non-members

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Emerson Woelffer, Untitled Drawing, 1949. Collection of Leland Rice and Susan Ehrens

Herbert Matter, Entrance to The New Bauhaus, 1937.Courtesy of Institute of Design Collection, Illinois Institute of Technology Archives.

Barbara Morgan, Photography Class, Lake Eden, Summer 1944, Black Mountain College Papers, Student Photographs Box 7, Ruth O’Neill photography class. Courtesy of the Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina.

Support for this project has been generously provided by the following: Arbitrary Forms Studio; AvL Technologies; Jim Oliver; and UNC Asheville. Additional support from All Souls Pizza, BlackBird Frame & Art, Henco Reprographics and New Belgium Brewing Co..

Special thanks to: Connie Bostic; Brian E. Butler; Michael Reid; and Susan Rhew Design.