Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957
ICA Latest Exhibit to Focus on Black Mountain College
The Institute of Contemporary Arts/Boston opened an exhibit exploring Black Mountain College on Saturday October 10th, 2016. The exhibition, organized by Helen Molesworth (former Chief Curator) and Ruth Erickson (current Assistant Curator of the ICA), is the first comprehensive look at the college and its concept in the United States. Black Mountain College was created to be an experimental meeting place that allowed many post war thinkers, artists, and composers to hone their techniques and ultimately change arts education overall. Black Mountain College was located in Black Mountain, North Carolina and utilized Utopian and progressive educational ideas to create a rigorous art-center education. The goal of the college focused on experimentation with teaching and learning art while preparing their students to deal with democratic and global issues. Its result was an explosive wave of modern art techniques and ideas that influenced the educational system of America and in a way developing the template for the American Art School. Composers John Cage, Lou Harrison (appointed as Musical Director in 1951), and Stefan Wolpe were named faculty during the tenure of the college. Black Mountain College was the site of Cage's first happening in 1951 in which Cage and Charles Olson read from books on ladders with Robert Rauschenberg displayed his paintings, David Tudor played prepared piano and Merce Cunningham danced. The Leap Before you Look exhibit will remain at ICA in Boston, MA until January 24, 2016 where it will then travel to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA from February 21 through May 15th and will conclude in Columbus, OH at the Wexner Center for the Arts from September 17, 2016 through January 1, 2017.
In addition to the works and archival materials of over 90 artists, ICA will hosts various performances and educational programs to enhance Visitor’s experiences. Most of the music performances are Cage-centered and will feature several piano pieces by Cage, Harrison, and Wolff, an innovative performance of Boulez and Cage works with readings of their 1949-1954 correspondences, a performance of Cage's String Quartet in Four Parts and selections of Sonatas and Interludes on prepared piano. The schedule is located in a link at the bottom. For more information on the exhibit and ICA click and follow the link below.