“A Book of Ours”: Stan VanDerBeek at Black Mountain Collage

“A Book of Ours”: Stan VanDerBeek at Black Mountain Collage

Stan VanDerBeek at Black Mountain College…at The Hammer Museum‘s “Leap Before You Look” show.  Wordplay…humble materials, engaging imagery…”A Book of Ours” is a must-see…as is the whole show.

“We do not always create ‘works of art,’ but rather experiments; it is not our intention to fill museums: we are gathering experience.” Josef Albers

Check it out.

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Leap Before You Look: The Poetry of Pottery at Black Mountain Collage

Leap Before You Look: The Poetry of Pottery at Black Mountain Collage

The Hammer Museum near UCLA in Los Angeles has an eye-opening show, entitled “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957”. Black Mountain Collage was  an experimental school founded in 1933 in Black Mountain, North Carolina near Asheville.

Apparently a a magical place where art and creative endeavors played center stage, Black Mountain was influenced by the educational principles of functional psychologist .John Dewey. Many of the school’s students and faculty were or  or went on to become prominent and even famous in their respective fields, such as visual artist Robert Rauschenberg, composer John Cage and dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham. many of them worked together and influenced each other during or after their tenure at the School. which closed in 1957 after only 24 years.

Below are some highlights from the pottery shown in “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957”.

ENJOY!

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