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.

CONVERSATIONS: FAITH IN ARTS

CONVERSATIONS: FAITH IN ARTS

Ongoing | BMCM+AC and UNC Asheville host conversations and interviews with a diverse group of artists, curators, faith leaders, and scholars to explore the role of arts in spiritual practice and religious life and the role of spiritual practice and religious life in the arts.

FAITH IN ARTS: A CONVERSATION WITH NORMAN FISCHER

FAITH IN ARTS: A CONVERSATION WITH NORMAN FISCHER

Wednesday, March 3 at 1 PM Eastern | Streaming – A Faith in Arts conversation with Norman Fischer, poet, writer, and Soto Zen priest, teaching and practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. He is a Dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman, from whom he received Dharma transmission in 1988.

10-03.space

10-03.space

Available March 10 | 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.

PERSPECTIVES: WILLIAM PARKER + CISCO BRADLEY

PERSPECTIVES: WILLIAM PARKER + CISCO BRADLEY

Wednesday, March 10 at 7 PM Eastern | Streaming – A performance and conversation with William Parker, a key figure in the New York and European creative music scenes since the 1970s. Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City. He has recorded over 150 albums, published six books, and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists.

MATIÈRE WORKSHOP WITH FRITZ HORSTMAN

MATIÈRE WORKSHOP WITH FRITZ HORSTMAN

Saturday, March 13 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern | Zoom | Free – Fritz Horstman, Education Director at the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, will explore the concept of Matiére (material, matter) as taught by Josef Albers at the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College.

CAGE SHUFFLE: A DIGITAL DUET

CAGE SHUFFLE: A DIGITAL DUET

Saturday, March 20 at 1PM + 7PM Eastern | Webcast + Conversation – In this reconception of Cage Shuffle commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts, Paul Lazar teams up with renowned choreographer, dancer, and Ohio State Distinguished Professor Bebe Miller and media artist Eamonn Farrell to present a series of one-minute stories written by musician John Cage while simultaneously dancing a complex choreographic score by Lazar, Miller, and Annie-B Parson, artistic director of Big Dance Theater.

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.

Music + Podcasts

Learn about Black Mountain College history, 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!

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

We would love to hear from you, whether it’s about BMC or just to lend an ear. Send us your thoughts!

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