ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 5: Shaping Craft + Design will be held October 11-13, 2013 at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus. 


2:00 – 2:50pm – Room 102
Welcome and Western North Carolina BMC Resource Overview
Katie Lee Koven, Heather South (Western Regional Archives) and Gene Hyde (UNC Asheville Ramsey Library)

3:00 – 3:30pm – Room 230
Poetry Performance
Ted Pope -Lake Full of Lightening: cyphers from, Varve

3:00 – 4:15pm

Room 205
Language as Material/Materiality of Language
Jeff Davis – Charles Olson: Morphology and Form in the Maximus Poems
Jonathan Creasy – What’s Made & Measured: Black Mountain Poetics as Craft & Design
Tim Keane – Arts of Coincidence: Charles Olson’s ‘Projective Verse’ and American Action Painting

Room 206
BMC and the Southern Highland Craft Guild: What Were the Connections?
Andrew Glasgow, Jerry Israel and Christopher Benfey

4:30 – 5:30pm

Featured Speaker
Room 102 – Ulrich Schwarz – »Mutterpilz« – Bauhaus, Black Mountain and Beyond

6:00 – 7:30pm – Reception at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

7:45 – 9:15pm – Book Launch and Reading – Far From the Centers of Ambition

The two-volume set is published by Lenoir-Rhyne University, and grew out of its 2008 “Spirit of Black Mountain College” 75th anniversary celebration. The first volume, Confluence, edited by poet Lee Ann Brown and series editor Rand Brandes, brings together the work of poets, writers, artists and essayists associated with the experimental college and with the 2008 celebration. The second volume, Varve, captures the avant-garde poetry and art of Morganton native Ted Pope.



9:00 – 10:30am

Room 206
Rethinking Concepts & Approaches to Material Studies
Mary Emma Harris – Work with Materials: From the Bauhaus to Black Mountain and Beyond
Jason Andrew – Ruth Asawa and the Transcendence of Craft
Michael Beggs – Josef Albers and the Craft of Photography
Arch Gregory – The Impact of the BMC and Bauhaus on Jewelry Design

10:40 – 11:55am

Room 230
Architectural Legacy – Experiential Education
William Langdon – A. Lawrence Kocher, Architect and Design/Build Educator at BMC
Anna Goodman – Tracing the Legacy of A. Lawrence Kocher’s Design-build Pedagogy

Room 206
Graphic Design & The Print Shop
Doris R. Gerstl – Xanti Schawinsky – A Multiple Personality?
Julie Thomson – The Art of Graphic Design: Alvin Lustig, Josef Albers, Ray Johnson, and the 1945 Summer Session
Tom Murphy – The Crafters of Black Mountain College’s Print Shop

Room 205
Film – Don’t Know We’ll See: The Work of Karen Karnes – Directed by Lucy M. Phenix
Film – Ruth Asawa: Of Forms and Growth – Directed by Robert Snyder


Lunch Break 11:55 – 1:15

1:30 – 2:30pm

Featured Speaker 
Room 102
Jenni Sorkin – Black Mountain, Heart Mountain: Ceramics in Camp, 1942-1952

2:45 – 4:00pm

Room 230
Architectural Legacy II – Experiential Education
Jonathan Rugh – Charles Burchard: Legacy in Architectural Education
David Silver – Molly Gregory Raises the Roof: Mary “Molly” Gregory, the Woodworking Program, and the Transformation of the Farmhouse at Black Mountain College

Room 206
Perry Price – A Process Reduced to Just the Essential: Black Mountain College and the Shaping of Craft Education
Jess Jones – Connections in Texture: the Pedagogy of Josef and Anni Albers
T’ai Smith – Anni Albers: Pedagogical Media

Room 205
Film – Myrna Pronchuk – The Art of Chance and the Craft of a Better Universe

4:15 – 5:15pm

Room 206
Transformative Women in Clay
Peter Held – A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes
Julia Connor – Deep Listening: The Studio Crafts as Language Art

Room 207
The Legacy of BMC’s Educational Model
Astrid Kaemmerling – Intellectual Diaspora Black Mountain College: A Transnational Cultural Community

Room 205
Film – M.C. Richards: The Fire Within – Directed by Richard Kane and Melody Lewis-Kane

5:30 – 6:30pm

Room 102
Connie Bostic, BMCM+AC Board Member – Volunteer Recognition
Jane Fernandes, UNC Asheville Provost – Introduction
Christopher Benfey – Survival 101:Keeping Education Alive At Black Mountain College

6:30 – 7:45pm – Courtyard Reception



at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
10:00am – Coffee & Conversation
11:30am – Carpools depart for Tour of BMC Campus – YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly; Farm and barns of Lake Eden campus – $10 per person