Leap Before You Look

A history of Black Mountain College   A School Like No Other

PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION  “What you do with what you know is the important thing.  To know is not enough.” John Price.

Experimentation, experience and ephemeral

HAPTIC

BAUHAUS IN AMERICA – hiring of Joseph Albers, Anni Albers and Xanti Schawinsky   Anni and Joseph Albers 

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Scene from Xanti Schawinsky a Dance Macabre 1938

 

IMG_4444.JPG Xanti Schawinsky Watercolor 1938

 

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Xanti Schawinsky Spectrodrama 1936-37

 

WORK PROGRAM . Farming, Servicing the buildings, roads, pathways, and kitchen. Flattened hierarchies and fostered community.

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DESIGN-BUILD PROGRAM – developing the campus architecture.

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Students and Bukminsterfuller

 

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MEXICO AND MODERNITY . Modern Abstraction assigned high aesthetic and moral value to art from non-western societies and earlier civilizations.

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Tenayucua 1936 by Joseph Albers

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Tenayucua 1936 by Joseph Albers

 

IMG_4448.jpgJoseph Albers 1947

 

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Anni Albers 1947

WEAVING Foundational and longest running workshops.  Design for industry,  WWII decimated hand weaving industry, as in textiles were industrially produced and screen printed. Isolated itself from vernacular textile community.

Anni Albers   Anni Albers Video images

Student samples

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IMG_4466.jpgLove Kadden 1948 23 x 71″

 

IMG_4468.JPGAnni Albers 1946 61 x 48″

 

IMG_4470.JPGElizbether Jennerjahn 1949 12 x 10″

 

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Elizbether Jennerjahn 1951 25 x 25″

 

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Anni Albers and Alexander Reed 1940 bobby pins on chain

 

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Anni Albers and Alexander Reed  1940

 

IMG_1933.JPGWall Hanging 1926 (replica woven in 1966) Triple-weave black, white and orange cotton and synthetic silk.

 

IMG_4480.JPG Anni Albers 1949 Installatio at MOMA

 

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Anni Albers free Hanging Room Divider 1949 Jut and Lurex

 

IMG_4484.jpgAnni Albers Free Hanging Room Divider, 1949 Cotton

 

ARTIST, DESIGNERS, POETS, MUSCIANS

Willem and Elaine de Kooning

Robert Rauschenberg

Jacob Lawrence

Merce Cunningham

John Cage

Cy Twombly

Kenneth Noland

Vera B. Williams

Ben Shahn

Franz Kline

Arthur Penn

Buckminster Fuller

M.C. Richards

Francine du Plessix Gray

Charles Olson

Robert Creeley

Dorothea Rockburne

 

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