Draft schedule subject to change.


1:00 PM
Reuter Center Lobby – UNC Asheville – Registration/check-in begins

Ongoing throughout the conference
Reuter Center Lobby
Sculptures by Leigh Ann Hallberg

2:00 – 3:30 PM
Session #1 – Room 206
Adobes and Ancient Threads: Josef and Anni Albers on Sabbatical, 1946-47
Moderator: Michael Beggs
Michael Beggs – The Albers on Sabbatical, September 1946 – January 1948
Julie J. Thomson – How the Harriett Engelhardt Collection Came to Be at BMC

Session #2 – Room 207
Moderator: Carissa Pfeiffer
Diane Ahn – Displacing Space: Embedded Nature in Leo Amino’s Plastic Sculptures
Michael Hatch – Black Craftspeople / Appalachian Histories

Performance – Manheimer Room
Ann Dunn and Dancers – Seen/Unseen and Betty, two new dance works

3:45 – 4:45 PM
Manheimer Room
WELCOME – Jeff Arnal (Executive Director, BMCM+AC ) and Nancy Cable (Chancellor, UNC Asheville)
INTRODUCTION – Dave Peifer (BMCM+AC Board Member)
KEYNOTE – Marci Kwon, PhD

7:00 – 9:00 PM OPENING
BMC Museum + Arts Center (120 College St., downtown Asheville)
Leo Amino: Work with Material


8:00 – 9:00 AM
Reuter Center Lobby, UNC Asheville – Meet + Greet

9:00 – 10:30 AM
Session #1 – Room 205
Moderator: Kate Anderson
Angel Bellaran – Theory of Excellence: The Unknown Legacy of Diversity at Black Mountain College
EunJung Chang – Race and Art Education: Representing the Critical Issues of Social Justice in the Art of Jacob Lawrence
Sophie Mak-Schram – Finding Stone Williams with the Watermelon Woman

Session #2 – Room 206
Moderator: Heather South
Sarah Ehlers – Black Mountain Poetic Communities and the “Paradox of Institutionality”
Thomas Frank – Black Mountain College and the ’60s Generation of “Experimental” Colleges
David Silver – The Last Few Days of Black Mountain College

Session #3 – Room 207
Charles Olson Outside of the Western Box: In Search of the Primary, Session 1
Moderator: Joseph Pizza
Jeffrey Gardiner – The Informing Body: Olson’s The Chiasma, or Lectures on the New Sciences of Man (1953)
Joshua Hoeynck – OVER ALL, HATE: Empire and Tragedy in Charles Olson’s The Mayan Letters
Benjamin Lee – Black Mountain Dispersal II

Performance – Room 120
Melissa Godoy Nieto – Refractional Projections, a visual and sound performance

Performance – Manheimer Room
Lei Han and UNCA New Media Students – Phantom Perspectives, light sculptures and video installations inspired by Leo Amino’s sculptures experimentation with material and form

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Session #1 – Room 206
Moderator: Curt Cloninger (BMCM+AC Board Member)
Charlott Greub – The Concept of Silence in Music and Architecture Exemplified by John Cage’s 4’33” and the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe
Dave Peifer (BMCM+AC Board Member) – In Search of Peter Nemenyi, a Black Mountain College Science Student

Session #2 – Room 207
Moderator: Elliot Inman
Isabel Bird – Ruth Asawa’s Stamp and the Imprint of Black Mountain College
Shana Dumont Garr – Picture Planes and Glyph Exchange: Feminist Offerings Fueled by Spaces Between
Brian T. Leahy – Ray Johnson’s Relational Abstraction

Workshop – Room 230
Anne Dickens and Craig Bogdon – Materials and Meaning: Jewelry Making in the Style of Anni Albers and Alex Reed

Performances – Manheimer Room
Madeline Shuron – Who Are You Who Are So Strangely Me?, A postmodern duet for two
Weronika Trojanska with composers (in order of appearance): shan-uh-kees, Luis Guita, Chelidon Frame, Timothy Reed, Wayne de Fehr, Animae Noctis, Roland Kuit, Eileen Mc Loughlin, Kristaps Freimanis, and Sylwia GórakUntitled (Leo Amino)

12:15 – 1:15 PM
Outside Patio – Catered Lunch

1:15 – 2:00 PM
INTRODUCTION – Curt Cloninger (BMCM+AC Board Member)
Genji Amino, curator of Leo Amino: Work with Material

2:15 – 3:45 PM
Session #1 – Room 206
Something New, Something Unknown: The Experimental Processes and Materials of Women Artists at Black Mountain College
Moderator: Siu Challons-Lipton
Astrid Bridgwood – M.C. Richards: Exploring the Synthesis of Poetry to Pottery
Siu Challons-Lipton – Anni Albers: Exploring the Material, Exploring Life
Katie Pittman – Women of the Woods

Session #2 – Room 207
Charles Olson Outside of the Western Box: In Search of the Primary, Session 2
Moderator: Jeffrey Gardiner
Jeff Davis – Olson’s Guides to Paradise
Gary Grieve-Carlson – “that fantastic condition of the human race when everything mattered”
Joseph Pizza – Olson, Oppenheimer, and “Black Mountain North”

Workshop – Room 230
Katherine Agard – a churning sea, a black mountain, a mirrored glass : reflecting on lineage, inheritance, time and refuge across political and personal disturbance
Performance – Manheimer Room
Casey Edwards and David Berger – Exploring the Merrill Gillespie Collection: A Brief Overview and Lecture Recital of the Manuscripts Contained Therein 

4:00 – 5:30 PM
Session #1 – Room 206
Moderator: Angel Bellaran
William W. Graham – A Voice from the Margin: An Exploration of Boundaries and Art
Simon Packard – Ice, Offal: Why Ask a Photographer to Draw? The Packard Process
Mark Small: Wallen and Penn — Setting the Stage for the Demise of BMC

Session #2 – Room 207
Moderator: Sarah Ehlers
Matt Garite – From Black Mountain to White Hand: Olson on Peyote
Elliot Inman – From Digitization to Discovery: Applying Data Science to the Art of John Cage, Stan VanDerBeek, and Anni Albers

Performance – Room 120
Paul Bright: Ferromusica, and a consideration of sound collage, decollage and composition

Workshop – Room 230
Laura Mullen and Lee Ann Brown – Into the Light: Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop Based on the Work of Leo Amino

Performance – Reuter Center Patio
Ted, Laura, Nicholas, and Dylan Pope – GARDEN FOR LEO AMINO


9:00 – 10:00 AM
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (120 College St., downtown Asheville)
Coffee + Conversation

10:00 AM
Depart for Lake Eden Campus Tour
Carpools depart from BMCM+AC for Black Mountain College’s Lake Eden Campus Tour, led by Julie J. Thomson and David Silver – $15 per person