Black Mountain College: then & now – A0601-17

Date: Jul 10 - 11, 2017

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Helen Molesworth

Anoka Faruqee

Tuition: $350
Studio Fee: $15
Registration Fee: $0


8 am – 12 pm, Monday – Tuesday

Supported by: Janice and Philip Beck 

Discounted registration is available for National Council Members. Please call Marit Evans, (970) 923-3181 x243 to register.

Take an exciting step back into art history, and explore one of the founding institutions of experimental liberal arts in America—Black Mountain College. This two-day workshop traces the history of the school, examining its role in the birth of American avant-garde, as well as the long-term impact this small college had on the art world at large. Led by Josef and Anni Albers, Black Mountain College faculty was comprised of such luminaries as Heinrich Jalowitz, Robert Motherwell, M.C. Richards, Merce Cunningham and Buckminster Fuller. Also included in the program is an Interaction of Color exercise in the spirit of Josef Albers’ teachings on color.

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Recommended reading: Black Mountain College: An Experiment in Community by Martin Duberman, The Arts at Black Mountain College by Mary Emma Thomas, and Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933 – 1957 by Helen Molesworth


We meet in Schermer Meeting Hall where students enjoy lectures, discussion and an interactive color exercise.


Helen Molesworth is the Chief Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. From 2010-2014 she was the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Artforum, Art Journal, Documents, and October.

Anoka Faruqee is director of graduate studies in painting/ printmaking at Yale School of Art. Exhibition venues include Secession, Vienna; MoMA/PS1, Queens, NY; and Bjorkholmen Gallery, Stockholm. She curated Search Versus Re-Search: Josef Albers, Artist and Educator at Yale 32 Edgewood Gallery.

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 by Helen Molesworth

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