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From 1933-1957, an experiment in a non-traditional education and arts community was unfolding in the foothills of North Carolina.  At Black Mountain College, students and faculty collectively designed and constructed the classrooms and studios. Through the work program, students grew food for the community as well as maintained the buildings and grounds, etc. Students and faculty of every discipline conversed and collaborated on a daily basis, shared meals, held concerts, exhibitions, readings, plays, dance performances. Though the existence of Black Mountain College was relatively short-lived, those affiliated with the College and its Summer Institute had a profound and lasting impact on the 20th c. cultural scene in the United States and beyond.  In this class, we’ll look at some of those artists, poets, and craftspeople, including Josef and Anni Albers, Karen Karnes, M.C. Richards, Ray Johnson, Ruth Asawa, Cy Twombly, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov.

This class will be taught by Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli.
Photo: Sculptor Ruth Asawa (1926-2013)

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