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  American Masters . Black Mountain College | PBS
The town was Black Mountain and the reason was Black Mountain College.
Black Mountain had existed on its own terms, and on its own terms had succeeded in expanding the possibilities of American education.
Black Mountain's legacy continued however, with former students such as painter Robert Rauschenberg, publisher Jonathan Williams, and poet John Wieners bringing the revolutionary spirit of their alma mater to the forefront of a number of other cultural movements and institutions.
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  Black Mountain College - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Black Mountain was experimental by nature and committed to an interdisciplinary approach, attracting a faculty which included many of America's leading visual artists, poets, and designers.
The Black Mountain College served as an early experiment which led to many of the alternative colleges of today, which have similar forms of progressive and faculty focused teaching, ranging from the University of California, Santa Cruz, to Hampshire College and Evergreen State College.
Black Mountain College Project - The Black Mountain College Project is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation devoted to the documentation of the history and influence of Black Mountain College, an experimental college which thrived in the mountains of North Carolina from 1933-1957.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Black_Mountain_College   (567 words)

 Black Mountain poets - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Black Mountain poets, sometimes called the Projectivist poets, were a group of mid 20th century American avant-garde or postmodern poets centered around Black Mountain College.
Black Mountain College, which operated from 1933 to 1956, was one of the leading experimental schools of art in the United States.
Apart from their strong interconnections with the Beats, the Black Mountain poets influenced the course of later American poetry via their importance for the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Black_Mountain_poets   (406 words)

Black Mountain College was created as an experiment of "education in a democracy," with the idea that the creative arts and practical responsibilities are equal in importance to the development of the intellect.
No student held a job through college but everyone, faculty and students alike, participated in work on the farm operated by the college, constructed buildings, did maintenance work, served meals, etc. Many classes were held at night and none were scheduled in the afternoons in order to allow time for work on the campus.
The Rector, who was the titular head of the college, was elected by the faculty from those chosen to the Board which in turn selected the Secretary of the Corporation and the Treasurer from its membership.
www.ibiblio.org /bmc/bmcaboutbmc.html   (599 words)

 blackmountain college
When Mary Holden Thompson realized that Black Mountain College was better known abroad than in western North Carolina, she proposed that a museum be created to honor and preserve the legacy of the College.
A dispute over educational theories, college administration, academic freedom, and tenure at a small college in Florida was the genesis of the establishment of Black Mountain College in 1933 during the depression.
At Black Mountain he designed and attempted to erect the Supine Dome, a structure, under 100 pounds, that would be a "beautiful geometric pattern of varied colors and four types of triangles, and would soar fifty feet." But alas, the Supine Dome collapsed under its own weight before it could be completely erected.
www.kunstwissen.de /fach/f-kuns/o_mod/blackm00.htm   (1626 words)

 Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center - Latest News
The Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center preserves and continues the unique legacy of educational and artistic innovation of Black Mountain College for public study and enjoyment.
Weil was already enrolled at Black Mountain College for the 1948 term, and Rauschenberg decided to use the GI Bill to enroll also.
However, the documentary’s primary exploration is the unique educational style of Black Mountain College and how that influenced collaboration, exploration, and ultimately, contributed to the school’s current fame.
www.blackmountaincollege.org   (1315 words)

 Book Review, 7/5/2002 - The Texas Observer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Black Mountain College was founded rather idealistically as a school that was to be governed equally by students and faculty, with a self-directed course of study that was free of requirements.
Its setting was rural, and the artistic work produced at Black Mountain differed wildly from that of the Bauhaus, the seminal 20th century school of design in Germany that sought to create a new social order in its rejection of bourgeois architecture for simpler classical forms.
Black Mountain helped bring about ideals of interdisciplinary learning, the integration of the study of fine arts, farm and work programs that are used in several American colleges today, and even Warren Wilson College in the same area of North Carolina.
www.texasobserver.org /showarticle.asp?articleid=801   (1768 words)

 Black Mountain College: Collections in the North Carolina State Archives
The purpose of the college was to educate the whole person, with an emphasis on the role of the arts and creative thinking.
Later, the college purchased land nearby and the work program was expanded to include the construction of college buildings and the maintenance of an inn and farm on the Lake Eden property.
Despite the fact that Black Mountain College could rarely offer faculty more than room and board, a number of important teachers and artists were drawn to the school as part of the regular faculty or to participate in the school's Summer Institutes.
www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us /archives/bmc_web_page/bmc.htm   (698 words)

 Black Mountain College: An Introduction - Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The story of Black Mountain College begins in 1933 and comprises a fascinating chapter in the history of education and the arts.
The events that precipitated the College's founding occurred simultaneously with the rise of Adolf Hitler, the closing of the Bauhaus by the Nazis, and the beginning of the persecution of artists and intellectuals on the European continent.
The founders of the College believed that the study and practice of art were indispensable aspects of a student's general liberal arts education, and they hired Josef Albers to be the first art teacher.
www.blackmountaincollege.org /content/view/12/52   (414 words)

 COSMIC BASEBALL ASSOCIATION-1998 Black Mountains Roster
Black Mountain remains a pioneering effort in the annals of the history of American progressive education.
She ran the college's farm, administered the gasoline rationing program at the school during World War II and "won widespread admiration for her integrity and plain-spoken decency." Gregory was very much involved in the "work program" that attempted to establish individual responsibilities to the community.
Intimately and actively involved in the college's affairs he is described by Duberman as "cagey, didactic and patronizing; a man ambitious to be the charismatic figure-- to have natural authority in his person and to be loved for it..." After nearly five years of constant controversy, Levi left Black Mountain in 1950 without his wife.
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 Elizabeth Braswell Pearsall Library North Carolina Wesleyan College   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Xerox of Mary Harris's 1970 letter [original in folder B], with a copy of her research project's stationary [The Arts at Black Mountain College 1933-1956] and two copies of the project's brochure.
Given by Dewey to BMC in 1937, this book is signed on the endpapers by each of the fifteen participants, who are identified in the table of contents only by their professions, e.
Temple University Phila., Pa. To the students of Black Mountain College, to the faculty, to the many friends we made: This is but a small expression of the gratefulness we felt for your wonderful hospitality and friendship.
annex.ncwc.edu /library/info/blackmount.htm   (4828 words)

 Black Mountain College Historic District-- Asheville, North Carolina: A National Register of Historic Places Travel ...
The Black Mountain College Historic District, currently known as Camp Rockmont for Boys, is located three miles from Black Mountain.
The experimental Black Mountain College was internationally known for its modernist advancements in American art and education.
The college faculty and students were leaders of the day and included architect A. Lawrence Kocher; composer John Cage; Bauhaus artist and professor Josef Albers; artists Willem and Elaine De Kooning, and Franz Kline; and poet Charles Olson.
www.cr.nps.gov /nr/travel/asheville/bla.htm   (426 words)

 Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center - Black Mountain College: An Introduction
The story of Black Mountain College begins in 1933 and comprises a fascinating chapter in the history of education and the arts.
The events that precipitated the College's founding occurred simultaneously with the rise of Adolf Hitler, the closing of the Bauhaus by the Nazis, and the beginning of the persecution of artists and intellectuals on the European continent.
The founders of the College believed that the study and practice of art were indispensable aspects of a student's general liberal arts education, and they hired Josef Albers to be the first art teacher.
blackmountaincollege.org /content/view/12/52   (404 words)

 Tate | Glossary | Black Mountain College
Most of the work of running the college and maintaining the buildings was done by students and faculty.
Black Mountain quickly became an extraordinary powerhouse of modern culture in America.
Its board of advisers included Albert Einstein and among its teachers at one time or another were some of the greatest luminaries of modern American culture including the founder of the Bauhaus, the architect Walter Gropius, the Abstract Expressionist painters Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell the composer John Cage and the dancer Merce Cunningham.
www.tate.org.uk /collections/glossary/definition.jsp?entryId=43   (202 words)

 MARY CAROLINE RICHARDS PAPERS, 1928-1994   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The series is arranged in two subseries: Period of Black Mountain College, 1943-1954, and Critical reception of Black Mountain College, after its closing, 1961-ca.
Subseries I.A. includes letters and speeches written by Richards during her time at Black Mountain, poetry written by Richards at Black Mountain and critiqued in ink by Charles Olson, Black Mountain College promotional materials, Black Mountain College-era photographs, and lecture notes, quizzes and student writing from Richards's classes.
Regarding Black Mountain College internal problems, and a draft of a letter to the faculty, ca.
getty.edu /research/conducting_research/finding_aids/richards_m7.html   (767 words)

 Black Mountain College Project / Resources
An illustrated history of the arts programs at Black Mountain College, described within the context of the college’s general history and educational ideals.
The Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center is the realization of the vision of Mary Holden Thompson, who felt that there should be a museum in Western North Carolina to preserve the legacy of Black Mountain College.
A collection of documents collected by the Black Mountain College Research Project (1970-72), sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mary Emma Harris, Research Director.
www.bmcproject.org /Resources/resources.htm   (575 words)

 Black Mountain College
The majority of the Black Mountain College records are housed at the State Archives of North Carolina in Raleigh.
Black Mountain College: A Foreward outlines the teaching philosophies that provided the foundation for the College.
This introduction to the 1933 catalogue also explains the administrative procedures of the College and describes the social and academic life of the students and faculty at Black Mountain.
charlesolson.uconn.edu /Black_Mountain_College   (172 words)

 Montreat College:  Black Mountain Campus
A unique opportunity effectively to triple the size of the college campus developed when a nearby 72-acre conference center, "In the Oaks," became available, which was purchased by the college in 2001.
The Black Mountain Campus is a wooded property of level spaces and rolling hills located three miles from the main campus in the historic town of Black Mountain.
A second key facility of 6,640 square feet was built in 1977; the "Black Mountain Administrative Center" provides office space for faculty and staff and classrooms for the School of Professional and Adult Studies.
www.montreat.edu /about/blackmtn.asp   (265 words)

 Black Mountain College
From its inception in 1933 until its closing in 1955, the college was populated by nonconformists and free thinkers who, for over two decades, furiously argued the issues of democracy, education, African Americans, Communists, and homosexuals amid a flurry of progressive painting, sculpting, music and poetry.
            When BMC emerged as a considerable presence on the literary scene, it was as an impressive contingency of white males; Joel Oppenheimer, Fielding Dawson, Jonathan Williams, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, Dan Rice, Michael Rumaker and Ed Dorn were in the fraternity of Charles Olson students during the 1951-55 period.
The New American Poetry, 1945-1960, which ranked BMC along with the other major literary movements in New York and San Francisco—quite a heady distinction for a small band of misfits operating in an apparent vacuum from an obscure Southern mountain.
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 Black Mountain News
Throughout the year, the Black Mountain News reports on residents in the Swannanoa Valley who unfortunately battle catastrophic illnesses and accidents.
BLACK MOUNTAIN - Beware: This column based on the adventures of a 91-year-old thrill-chaser is rated PG - for semi-mature audiences only.
At the Black Mountain Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday, December 12, a familiar face to town government will not be managing the meeting and facilitating the debate.
www.topix.net /city/black-mountain-nc   (776 words)

 [New-Poetry] Legacy of Black Mountain College   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Sunday 22 September 1-3PM, Black Mountain Center for the Arts Gallery, Black Mountain, NC, $35 Benefit Champagne Brunch for BMCMAC: Michael Boughn, Lee Ann Brown, Beth Brown Al-Rawi, Patrick Herron, Lisa Jarnot, and John Landry Reservations are required.
Sunday 22 September 3:15-5PM, Camp Rockmont Dining Hall, Black Mountain, NC, free with brunch/$10 Not Your Average Poetry Reading #2: Michael Boughn and Lisa Jarnot THE FESTIVAL Under the Influence: Celebrating the Legacy of Black Mountain College A collaborative festival on the 50th anniversary of John Cage's multi-media "Theatre Piece No. 1".
The college was started in the 1930s by Jack Rice and Theodore Dreier in association with refugees from the Bauhaus School after the Bauhaus dissolved under pressure from by the Nazis that same year.
ebbs.english.vt.edu /pipermail/new-poetry/2002-September/008506.html   (531 words)

 Psychedelic 60s: The Black Mountain Poets
College began as an experimental school in 1933 and was located in a rural mountain community in North Carolina.
Robert Creeley was hired to teach and to edit the Black Mountain Review in 1955, and when he left two years later for San Francisco, he became the link between the Black Mountain poets, the poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, and­through Allen Ginsberg­the Beat writers of Greenwich Village.
A partial list of contributors to Volume 7 of the Black Mountain Review (the last issue) shows the connection between the three groups and the influence they had on each other­Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, Charles Olson, Denise Levertov, and Jonathan Williams.
www.lib.virginia.edu /small/exhibits/sixties/blmtn.html   (161 words)

 Black Mountain College Photo Gallery - North Carolina State Archives
Cover of photographic brochure "Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, North Carolina." Collection: Black Mountain College; General Files; Publications, College: Publicity Flyers and Brochures, 1937-1939.
Panel discussion with former BMC students at the Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center Symposium, April 20, 2002.
The symposium was held at Camp Rockmont, the former Lake Eden campus for Black Mountain College.
www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us /archives/bmc_web_page/bmc4.htm   (1103 words)

 Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center - About the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is an exhibition space and resource center dedicated to exploring the history and legacy of the world's most acclaimed experimental educational community.
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center was founded in 1993 by Mary Holden to honor and pay tribute to the spirit and history of Black Mountain College and to acknowledge the College's role as a forerunner in progressive, interdisciplinary education with a focus on the arts.
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center preserves and continues the unique legacy of educational and artistic innovation of Black Mountain College for public study and enjoyment.
blackmountaincollege.org /content/view/13/43   (536 words)

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