One of two inaugural exhibitions is Intersections in American Art, the major reinstallation and reinterpretation of the Museum’s Collection in a much-enlarged gallery space. A national team of scholars and experts in the field worked with the Museum to develop this new interpretation and exhibition installation. The thematic and contextual focuses of Intersections in American Art are informed by artistic principles exemplified by Black Mountain College. Because of its unique relevance to Western North Carolina, its important influence on the national and international art community, as well as its interest to longtime and new residents of WNC and cultural visitors from around the world, the principles of BMC presented an opportunity to develop a unique and placed-based installation.
Intersections in American Art and the first catalogue of the Museum’s Collection consider multiple and sometimes intersecting narratives in American art. Both the exhibitions and the catalogue focus on key aspects and strengths of the Museum’s holdings and provide a narrative framework within which visitors can interact with and experience works of art. The project is organized to convey the multifaceted historical and contemporary stories of art and culture in WNC and Southern Appalachia, set within the broader context of American aesthetic development. The project tells the story of our area, and explore our sense of place and its relationship to and national impact on the art world.
Themes such as Time & Place, Experiments in Material & Form, and Collaboration & Interdisciplinary Dialogue frame Intersections in American Art. These ideas are the cultural heritage, present, and future of the region and are explored in each gallery. Presenting regional contributions within the context of American art on the national scale, these themes help visitors organize and personalize their Museum experience.
This exhibition is organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum. Major support for this project is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Museum would like to extend a special thanks to local partner BlackBird Frame & Art for their in-kind support.
Your support helps up to develop community-driven programming and exhibitions. To contribute to Intersections in American Art, please visit our Donations page, select Upcoming Exhibitions, and type “Intersections” in the notes.
Groups of students or adults are invited to schedule a tour of the Museum’s Collection or special exhibitions. Our inquiry-based group visits, led by volunteer docents or Museum staff, challenge visitors to hone their observation skills.