Up for Discussion

Up for Discussion is an event series that gives Museum Members and visitors the opportunity to hear from and interact with artists, writers, filmmakers, performing artists, poets and many other inspiring special guests within the walls of the Museum. Many Up for Discussions programs are held after hours in an intimate Museum studio setting. The format and topic of each event are coordinated to reflect our current exhibitions on view at the Museum. Audience discussion and interaction are always encouraged. Up for Discussion is free with Museum Membership or admission.

Winter 2015 Programs

Gallery Talk with Patricia Bailey + Opening Reception for John Heliker: The Order of Things — 60 Years of Paintings and Drawings
FEBRUARY 1 — Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Reception from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Free with membership or Museum admission

Please join us for a special gallery talk with Patricia Bailey, President of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, as she discusses the life and career of artist John Heliker. Bailey has written for various publications including criticism for Art/World in the 1980s and the online journal Artcritical.com. She was Associate Producer of a 1998 documentary film on the life of artist John Heliker and author of Robert LaHotan: The Early Years (2011). She has served on the Advisory Board of the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center in Asheville, NC and is currently President and Executive Director of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation (heliker-lahotan.org). Bailey received her BFA from the University of Texas and MFA from Pratt Institute. Following the talk, the Museum will host a reception until 5:00 p.m. Held in conjunction with John Heliker: The Order of Things — 60 Years of Paintings and Drawings.

Searching for Hubbard in the 21st Century Appalachian South with Marilyn Zapf
FEBRUARY 21 — Saturday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
$25 for members, $30 for non-members

The American Arts and Crafts Movement was championed by figures like Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) at the turn of the 20th Century, but what, if any, of his ideals can be identified in craft today? This presentation will use Roycroft, an artisan community in East Aurora, NY founded by Hubbard in 1895, as a guide through Western North Carolina’s contemporary craft landscape. Marilyn Zapf holds an MA in History of Design from the Royal College of Art/ Victoria and Albert Museum focusing on the history of craft and de/industrialization. Currently Zapf is the Assistant Director at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, curates Benchspace Gallery & Workshop (Asheville, NC). After Zapf ’s talk, enjoy a reception and tour the Museum’s exhibitions on your own. Please reserve your seats by calling the Museum at 828.253.3227 or purchasing online. Held in conjunction with the Grove Park Inn Arts + Crafts Conference.

Gallery Talk with Sarah Stacke + Opening Reception for Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum
MARCH 13 — Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Free with membership or Museum admission

We welcome Sarah Stacke, guest curator for Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, for a special gallery talk. Stacke is a documentary photographer dedicated to developing intimate stories about intersections of culture, history and geography that create marginalized communities. In addition to making photographs, Stacke develops curatorial projects, writes about imagery and teaches courses grounded in cross-cultural visual literacy. She is currently a Lewis Hine Fellow in New York City working in collaboration with Exalt Youth to create documentary work concerned with the criminal justice system. Following the talk, please join us for a reception until 7:00 p.m. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum.

Gallery Talk with Jason Andrew + Opening Reception for Jack Tworkov: Beyond Black Mountain, Selected Works From 1952–1982
MARCH 27 — Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Free with membership or Museum admission

Please join us for a special gallery talk with Jason Andrew. Andrew is the Manager and Curator of the Estate of Jack Tworkov and has organized many exhibitions of the artist’s work, including the 2009 retrospective Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes, Five Decades of Painting. He is an independent scholar specializing in Post War American Art and is currently directing and editing the online Catalogue Raisonne Project of Works on Canvas by Jack Tworkov. In addition, Andrew is a prominent figure in the Bushwick, Brooklyn art scene and is the co-founder/director of Norte Maar, a non-profit now celebrating its 10th Anniversary encouraging, promoting and presenting collaborative projects in the arts. Following the talk, please join us for a reception until 7:00 p.m. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Jack Tworkov: Beyond Black Mountain, Selected Works From 1952-1982.

The Remarkable Career of John Heliker
APRIL 23 — Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Free with membership or Museum admission

From the late 1920s through the 1990s, American painter John Heliker’s career spanned almost 70 active years of the ‘American Century.’ Artist, educator and close friend of the artist Patricia Bailey will give a personal overview of Heliker’s remarkable career. Bailey was Associate Producer of a 1998 documentary film on the life of artist John Heliker and is the author of Robert LaHotan: The Early Years (2011). She is currently President and Executive Director of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation. Held in conjunction with the exhibition John Heliker: The Order of Things — 60 Years of Paintings and Drawings.