August 2 Opening Reception: “Lasting Gifts”« Back to Events
On August 2nd, the Museum invites members and visitors to enjoy an Opening Reception for the exhibition Lasting Gifts.
Celebrating the Asheville Art Museum’s Black Mountain College (BMC) Collection, Lasting Gifts features a selection of art works from a wide array of students and teachers who attended the legendary Black Mountain College. This progressive liberal arts college, which operated from 1933 – 1957 in Black Mountain, North Carolina, welcomed and nurtured a group of creative individuals who have made significant contributions to American art and culture. Josef Albers, Anni Albers, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Ruth Asawa and Buckminister Fuller all studied or taught at Black Mountain College. The school endeavored to operate democratically, with everyone contributing to keep the small college community running. While Black Mountain College did not espouse a particular ideology or specialize in one artistic medium or technique, a focus on learning through experience and experimentation was constant. Lasting Gifts is an inclusive selection of works by Black Mountain College artists: a lithograph by the Bauhaus titan Josef Albers shares space with the work of lesser-known artists like painter Tom Field, ceramicist Karen Karnes, and others who produced exquisite work during their time at the college and throughout their careers.