Museum from Home
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.
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.
Tune in to commissions from the 2021 BMC Radio Artists, selected by BMCM+AC, AshevilleFM + Make Noise for a series of innovative works for the radio inspired by the experimental spirit of BMC artists. This year’s artists are based in Western North Carolina, with a focus on pushing the limitations of sound art, music, and performance: Mike Holmes (Nostalgianoid), Thom Nguyen, Cilla Vee, Zazie Productions, and Michael Hatch.
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
Twelve volumes of BMCM+AC’s peer-reviewed open-access digital publication have been published to date. The latest release, Volume 12: Expanding the Canon, brings to light lesser told narratives of the college and its legacy. A mysterious Soviet faculty member, a poet’s little-known stint in Guatemala, the important role of the original students from Rollins College in shaping the new college, the originality and prolific output of the college’s print shop, and a range of contemporary creative responses to the BMC legacy—all these and more expansions of the normal Black Mountain College canon will be found in this issue.
This volume includes articles developed from conference presentations, as well as other contributions which, Cage-like, plunge the depths of silence, and find richness in the sounds and stories that appear where there may have first seemed absence. The contributors to this volume de-center the common perspective—such as a way of telling a historical narrative, a way of looking at an object, or a way of experiencing sound—and amplify the possibilities lying just beyond what we take for granted.
The story of Black Mountain College is expansive and ever-expanding. This volume focuses not on a singular individual, discipline, or movement, but on those little-known areas of study and recent discoveries that expand our understanding of Black Mountain College in unexpected ways.
The published writers of Black Mountain College, particularly the poets, have received much scholarly attention. The central place of writing as a practice of the arts in the college’s curriculum has been explored much less. In this issue, our contributors address this theme through a variety of kinds of texts, both written and performed.
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 and the latest news.
103.3 Asheville FM, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and Make Noise announce an opportunity for artists living in Western North Carolina (WNC) to create new short works for broadcast on the radio. We invite artists in WNC to propose projects that reflect the experimental and innovative spirit of Black Mountain College. Artists are encouraged to take risks. Projects should be between 3-5 minutes long and no more than 12 months old. New work is strongly encouraged. The work does not have to be music. Projects can include any sound recording, cellphone recording, field recording, meditation, movement score, text score, sound collage, spoken word, audio art, experimental DJ work, etc.. The LOI deadline is July 20, 2022.
103.3 Asheville FM, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and Make Noise announce an opportunity for artists living in Western North Carolina (WNC) to create new short works for broadcast on the radio. We invite artists in WNC to propose projects that reflect the experimental and innovative spirit of Black Mountain College. Artists are encouraged to take risks. Projects should be between 3-5 minutes long and no more than 12 months old. New work is strongly encouraged. The work does not have to be music. Projects can include any sound recording, cellphone recording, field recording, meditation, movement score, text score, sound collage, spoken word, audio art, experimental DJ work, etc.. The LOI deadline is June 21, 2021.
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.
In a year marked by...
Conservation has been completed on the two Jean Charlot frescos at the historic BMC campus at Lake Eden, now Camp Rockmont, with thanks to Craig Crawford, Maho Yoshikawa, Christiana Cunningham-Adams, and the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation.
Within the BMCM+AC...
We’re clearing up the rumors. In this case, fact is often more fascinating than fiction.
When the summer of 1948...
It's a story that is...
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.
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