Museum from Home

Digital Exhibitions

Get started with A Brief Introduction to Black Mountain College, then dive in to these exhibitions to view selected works, explore exhibition themes, listen to oral histories, view recorded lectures and performances, and find additional resources.

Leap Then Look

UK-based innovative participatory artists Leap Then Look delve into the archive and create a digital experience rooted in the BMCM+AC permanent collection

From the Vault

Selections from our Permanent Collection

Question Everything! The Women of Black Mountain College

Opened January 24, 2020

Curated by Kate Averett + Alice Sebrell

Material Sound at Home

A new virtual experience from curator Caleb Kelly and artists Peter Blamey, Vicky Browne, Pia van Gelder, and Jenn Grossman.

VanDerBeek + VanDerBeek

Exhibited September 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Curated by Chelsea Spengemann + Sara VanDerBeek

Politics at Black Mountain College

Exhibited February 1 – May 18, 2019

Curated by the team of Connie Bostic, Jon Elliston, Jay Miller, and Alice Sebrell.

Between Form and Content

Perspectives on Jacob Lawrence and Black Mountain College


September 28, 2018 – January 12, 2019

Curated by Julie Levin Caro and Jeff Arnal

Virtual Events

In addition to events hosted by BMCM+AC, we are sharing experiences from friends and collaborators that you can enjoy from home! Let us know which virtual events you’d like to see by connecting with us on social media or emailing info@blackmountaincollege.org.

PERSPECTIVES: ONICAS GADDIS

PERSPECTIVES: ONICAS GADDIS

Wednesday, May 12 at 1 PM Eastern | Streaming – A conversation with Onicas Gaddis, featured artist in the exhibition I AM A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD and student of BMC alumna Sarah Carlisle Towery. We will discuss Gaddis’ painting Black Mountain (2020), his style of “Spiritual Expressionism,” the way that his identity is expressed and has evolved through his practice, and how his time spent with Towery at the Alabama Art Colony changed the trajectory of his life.

PERFORMANCE: TWO WAY STREET + NEVERMIND THE NOISE

PERFORMANCE: TWO WAY STREET + NEVERMIND THE NOISE

Thursday, May 13 at 7 PM Eastern | Streaming – Virtual performance by the Asheville-based duo Two Way Street of new music composed by members of Nevermind the Noise, a collective of graduate student composers from New York University.

FAITH IN ARTS: A CONVERSATION WITH CHARLES HALLISEY

FAITH IN ARTS: A CONVERSATION WITH CHARLES HALLISEY

Wednesday, May 26 at 1 PM Eastern | Streaming – A Faith in Arts conversation with Charles Hallisey, Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures at Harvard Divinity School. His research centers on Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, Pali language and literature, Buddhist ethics, and literature in Buddhist culture. His most recent book is Therigatha: Poems of the First Buddhist Women (Harvard University Press, 2015). He is currently working on a book project entitled “Flowers on the Tree of Poetry: The Moral Economy of Literature in Buddhist Sri Lanka.”

PERFORMANCE: COCO VILLA

PERFORMANCE: COCO VILLA

Thursday, June 3rd at 7 PM Eastern | Streaming – A performance by multidisciplinary artist Coco Villa, filmed on-site at the historic Black Mountain College campus at Lake Eden. Coco Villa, founder of Casa de Coco is a sustainable fashion designer, botanical dyer, performance artist, photographer, and director of movement and films. Casa de Coco is about activating moments of joy and connection with strangers through nonsensical prompts. It is an archive at the intersection of sustainable fashion, movement, photography, and film.

PERSPECTIVES: SOUTHERN EQUALITY STUDIOS

PERSPECTIVES: SOUTHERN EQUALITY STUDIOS

Wednesday, June 16 at 1 PM Eastern | Streaming – A conversation with Liz Williams and Al Murray, resident artists at Southern Equality Studios (SES), a program of the Campaign for Southern Equality. A layered installation by SES is currently featured in our exhibition I AM A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD. The works “You’re Welcome” and “Building a Better Table” invite participants to consider their role in creating a more equitable world, holding space for the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.

PERFORMANCE: THOM NGUYEN

PERFORMANCE: THOM NGUYEN

Thursday, June 24th at 7 PM Eastern | Streaming – This performance will showcase a fully improvised percussion set from Asheville-based musician Thom Nguyen, streaming from the BMCM+AC space using a drum kit and various percussion elements, in the spirit of Nguyen’s recently released album “Exits.”

PERSPECTIVES: SHERRILL ROLAND

PERSPECTIVES: SHERRILL ROLAND

Wednesday, July 14 at 1 PM Eastern | Streaming – A conversation with Sherrill Roland, featured artist in the exhibition I AM A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD, on his installation “After the Wake Up” (2017 – present). Roland is an artist based in Raleigh, NC, well known for The Jumpsuit Project, an ongoing work developed during his MFA at UNC Greensboro and inspired by his experiences with the justice system following a wrongful conviction and incarceration. In this conversation, we will discuss how “After the Wake Up” fits within the artist’s larger body of work and what citizenship means in the face of systemic violence.

Net Art Commission

10-03.space

10-03.space is a multimedia platform created by Alma Alloro which traces the path of society during a year of pandemic, capturing the thoughts, ideas, memories, fears, and hopes which arose and developed during this time, acting as a memento of shared crises.

Instagram Takeovers + Discussions


Catch up on Instagram takeovers from artists and scholars inspired by Black Mountain College, historic looks into the BMC archives, and ongoing discussions on racial equity in the arts at @bmcmuseum

Performances

Revisit past performances and watch recordings featuring contemporary musicians and performers presented as part of the BMCM+AC Performance Initiative. You can also listen to works by featured musicians on Spotify.

Spotlights, Music + Podcasts

Learn about Black Mountain College history and works from our collection; listen to the composers who attended or taught at BMC; hear works by musicians who are part of the BMCM+AC Performance Initiative, and discover the words of the Black Mountain Poets through Black Mountain College Radio and these Spotify playlists.

Black Mountain College Radio Episode #3: Make Noise + Hursh

Black Mountain College Radio Episode #3: Make Noise + Hursh

Episode 3 of Black Mountain College Radio, our podcast dedicated to all things Black Mountain College and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, centers on Make Noise and BMC alum Frank Hursh! In this podcast, hear: An interview with the creators of Make Noise,...

Black Mountain College Radio Episode #1: Thomson + Harrison

Black Mountain College Radio Episode #1:
Thomson + Harrison

Lend us your ears for the debut episode of Black Mountain College Radio, our new podcast dedicated to all things Black Mountain College and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center! In this podcast, hear: An interview with Julie J. Thomson, curator of the...

Black Mountain College in Podcasts

Podcast episodes we love about the history of Black Mountain College (1933-1957) and the enduring legacy of individuals who converged there, by BMCM+AC and others. Some long, some short; some academic, some just for fun. Includes episodes from the 2017 BMCM+AC podcast series, Black Mountain College Radio.

BMCM+AC Performance Initiative

Featuring contemporary musicians whose works have been commissioned by and/or performed at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. Learn more about the BMCM+AC Performance Initiative.

The Music of Black Mountain College

Featuring the composers whose work shaped the curriculum of Black Mountain College (1933-1957) and impacted the future of music, including John Cage, Lou Harrison, Ernst Krenek, Ursula Mamlok, Erik Satie, Arnold Schönberg, Roger Sessions, David Tudor, and Stefan Wolpe.

The Black Mountain Poets

The words of the poets associated with Black Mountain College and/or the Black Mountain Review. Includes readings of poems by Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, Joel Oppenheimer, Denise Levertov, Galway Kinnell, and Jonathan Williams.

The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies

Eleven volumes of BMCM+AC’s peer-reviewed open-access digital publication have been published to date. The latest release, Volume 11: The Practice and Pedagogy of Writing at Black Mountain College, brings together a variety of essays interpreting the pedagogy of writing and showing how writing was central among the practices of the arts at the college. These essays are accompanied by readings, performances, and exhibitions of contemporary artists/writers working in the avant-garde spirit of the college today.

The Practice and Pedagogy of Writing at Black Mountain College

Read the latest volume of the Journal of Black Mountain College Studies

Journal of Black Mountain College Studies

Browse eleven volumes of essays, performances, artworks and more

on the history and legacy of Black Mountain College

Lectures + Keynotes

Learn more about Black Mountain College through this collection of keynote addresses from past ReVIEWING Conferences and live discussions hosted on Zoom as part of our Museum from Home Initiative.

Highlights from the Blog

Start exploring our blog by diving into these most-loved posts, written by BMCM+AC staff and guest authors. Interested in contributing a new post to the blog? Get in touch with us at volunteer@blackmountaincollege.org!

BMCM+AC awarded NEH collections grant

BMCM+AC awarded NEH collections grant

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center has been awarded $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a pilot project creating online access to the museum’s Permanent Collection of over 4,000 artworks and ephemera from the famed liberal arts college and experimental community.

FBI Investigations at BMC

FBI Investigations at BMC

FBI Investigations of Black Mountain College

At the height of mid-20th Century communist paranoia, the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a secret investigation into Black Mountain College. Students and faculty of the college have told stories of how troubling and ridiculous it was to see trenchcoat-wearing FBI agents sneaking around campus, but finally last year, the bureau declassified the investigation file at the request of the Carolina Public Press via the Freedom of Information Act. Now available for public viewing, the file elucidates the motives and methods behind the investigation.

Keep in Touch

Social Media

We’re sharing daily posts, updates, and articles on all three platforms, plus curator-led video tours of the exhibition Question Everything! The Women of Black Mountain College on Instagram Stories.

Join in on creative prompts and virtual events with the hashtag #BlackMountainAtHome.

E-mail Us

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