Ray Johnson (b.1927-d.1995), Marie Tavroges Stilkind at the Museum of Modern Art, 1960s. Archival pigment prints. Collection of Black Mountain College  Museum + Arts Center. Gift of Marie Tavroges Stilkind.

Installation photo by Michael Oppenheim.


Marie Tavroges Stilkind (Student 1951-1952) (b.1930)

Marie Tavroges Stilkind was a student at BMC off and on from 1951-54. While at the college she wrote poetry and studied photography with Hazel Larsen Archer. Even though the college was to continue for a couple more years, in the summer of 1954 Marie remembers it as a “squatter’s paradise”. After BMC, Stilkind became friendly with mail art inventor (and also a former BMC student) Ray Johnson and was the first secretary of his New York Correspondence School. Professionally, she was an editor (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and has worked with People with AIDS.