Robert Motherwell: The Quiet + The Wild

June 2 – September 2, 2017 {56 Broadway}

Curated by Jerald Melberg and Alice Sebrell

“Art is an experience, not an object.” ~ Robert Motherwell

As a teacher at Black Mountain College in 1945 and 1951, Robert Motherwell provided a strong link to the emerging Abstract Expressionist movement in New York City.  This exhibition features a selection of his work from 1965 to 1990.

Painting: Robert Motherwell, Drunk With Turpentine No 14, 1979, 19 x 15 inches © 1979 Dedalus Foundation, Inc / Licensed by VAGA, NY

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Frank Hursh: Marking Place + Space

June 2 – September 2, 2017 {69 Broadway}

Curated by Brian Butler

Frank Hursh attended Black Mountain College from 1949 until 1950 and has been a working artist and educator in Mexico since 1956. Painting, drawing, and art education have been constants in Hursh’s life, and this exhibition of his visual works shows off his mastery of color and mark making, hallmarks of painters in the BMC tradition.

Painting: Frank Hursh, Untitled, 1994, acrylic on board, 36 x 48 inches © Frank Hursh

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Past Exhibitions

Begin To See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College

January 20 – May 20, 2017 {69 Broadway}
Curated by Julie J. Thomson
Begin to See featured photographs by a variety of artists including Josef Albers, Hazel Larsen Archer, Josef Breitenbach, Harry Callahan, Trude Guermonprez, Robert Haas, Clemens Kalischer, Barbara Morgan, Beaumont Newhall, Nancy Newhall, Andy Oates, Robert Rauschenberg, Aaron Siskind, Cy Twombly, Stan VanDerBeek, Susan Weil, and Jonathan Williams.

Zola Marcus: Kinetic Origins

January 13 – May 13, 2017 {56 Broadway}

Curated by Alice Sebrell and Connie Bostic
Zola Marcus (1915 – 1998), long-time resident of New York and abstract painter attended the 1953 Summer Institute at Black Mountain College where he studied painting with Joe Fiore and Esteban Vicente.

The Painters of Black Mountain College: Selections from Southern Collections

September 23 – December 31, 2016 {69 Broadway}

Curated by Connie Bostic & Alice Sebrell

The list of painters associated with Black Mountain College is a who’s who of mid-20th century artists. From influential and groundbreaking Europeans like Josef Albers, Willem de Kooning, and Theodoros Stamos to profoundly original Americans including Robert Rauschenberg, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Elaine de Kooning, Kenneth Noland, Dorothea Rockburne, Cy Twombly and Robert De Niro, Sr., the cumulative impact these painters have had on the history and trajectory of art is remarkable. This exhibition consists of work by many of the painters of Black Mountain College, both famous and lesser known, with work drawn from the museum’s collection and borrowed from other collections in the South.

Basil King: Between Painting and Writing

September 2, 2016 – December 24, 2016

Curated by Brian Butler and Vincent Katz

Better known as a poet and illustrator of other poets’ works, Brooklyn resident Basil King exemplifies the intentional independence and purposeful interdisciplinary qualities that Black Mountain College is famous for. And just like Black Mountain College’s legacy, King’s career defies easy categorization. This is most apparently true in the fact that he works as both a painter and a writer and is prolific in both disciplines. Arriving in the United States from England in 1947, he studied painting at Black Mountain College with Joseph Fiore and Esteban Vicente and poetry with Charles Olson and Robert Creeley. He then moved to New York and has been an important member of the New York poetry and art scene ever since. Under recognized because of his independence and interdisciplinary work, a 2012 documentary on his life, Basil King: Mirage, by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte has gone some way to remedy this. Between Painting and Writing aims to be an important step in giving King’s career proper attention by exhibiting his poetry, his illustrations and his paintings as a unified body of work. A chapbook of Basil King’s work will be published concurrently with the exhibition.

M.C. Richards, Centering: Life + Art, 100 Years

June 3 – August 20, 2016  

Curated by Alice Sebrell

Mary Caroline (M.C.) Richards (1916 – 1999) was born in Weiser, Idaho and grew up in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Reed College and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1945 she joined the faculty at Black Mountain College (BMC) where she taught writing, translated plays, danced, studied pottery and founded The Black Mountain Review. She was one of BMC’s most popular faculty members in the late 1940s and later wrote: “I have no criticism of Black Mountain, it was an entirely transforming, maturing and inspiring experience.”

Interlude

April 8 – 29, 2016

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

Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter

January 22 – May 21, 2016

Curated by Theodore E. Stebbins Jr.

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.

CONVERGENCE / DIVERGENCE: Exploring Black Mountain College and Chicago’s New Bauhaus / Institute of Design

September 4 – 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.

SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY: Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins and the making of THE PAPER SNAKE

June 5 – August 22, 2015

Curated by Michael Von Uchtrup

Lost for decades, the production materials from this innovative compendium of Ray Johnson’s mail art were only recently rediscovered, in time for the book’s re-publication and the 50th anniversary of its original 1965 release. Lively, quirky, often comic, the texts and drawings that meander among the book’s pages provide an intimate look at the early work of Ray Johnson (1927-1995) through the eyes of Johnson’s friend Dick Higgins (1938-1998)