Experience the opening reception for The Black Mountain College Experience on Thursday, March 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. in Leo Castelli Gallery arranged by Gallery Director Melissa Morgan. Brenau dance majors Amanda Bonilla, Melinda Cassiday, Paris Hawkins, Emily Lemons, Savannah Long, Shanik Moore, Jenny Ray, Teniqua Westry and Brianna Wiggins will perform choreography from the works of Merce Cunningham set by Carol Teitelbaum and arranged by Professor of Dance Vincas Greene. Artwork from artists such as John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Josef Albers will surround the dancers and music written by John Cage will be performed by music major Arielle Crumley. Fred Lloyd professor of theater designed the costumes.
This exhibition celebrates the rich history of innovation and collaboration of the legendary Black Mountain College. This event is free and open to the public. For information call 770-534-6263.
Founded in 1933, Black Mountain College was based on the principle that a fine arts education was central to any liberal arts curriculum. This interdisciplinary approach was radical at the time and attracted a faculty of the day’s leading artists, composers, poets and designers including Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage, Willem de Kooning, and Merce Cunningham. It was here that Cunningham formed his dance company that would go on to collaborate with artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, and here that John Cage would perform his first “happening.” In its 24 short years, Black Mountain College created an environment of experimentation and collaboration that revolutionized the art world in the 20th century.