Monday, March 24, 2008

Black Mountain College Explication

I have chosen to do this collage on Black Mountain collage because it was a school that I have never heard of and I wanted to learn more about it. This is a great college to mention when relating to Charles Olsen because Black Mountain college was an art school and Charles Olsen has a very artistic way to his writing styles.

Black Mountain college was know to be one of the leading progressive schools in the US, founded in
1933 in Asheville, North Carolina Black Mountain college only lasted about twenty-three years and enrolled no more than 1,200 students, which would make one think that those who graduated from this school gained much experience in the arts. This college was one of the greatest favored experimental institutions in art education, launching a great number of the artists who lead the avant-garde in America in the 1960s. It created an extraordinary curriculum in the visual, literary, and performing arts, and its legacy continues to influence an alternative educational philosophy and practice through schools such as The Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory Of Art, Berklee school Of Music, and some smaller art departments and music departments within major collages. I believe that Black Mountain College was the start to individuals freely expressing their interest in art, music, dance and poetry in the 60. A perfect example of this would be Charles Olsen.

Some of the picture I have included in my collogue are from students who attended Black Mountain while others are of the actual school. I included pictures of pottery donated to the school which were later auctioned off, these pictures were included because I felt they were an essential part of the artistic theme of the school. The pictures of the school were included to portray the artist ideals. And the pi thought the shape of the building.

One of Black Mountain's first professors were the artists Josef and Anni Albers, who left Nazi Germany for the better after the closing of the Bauhaus. It was because of their progressive work in painting and textiles that brought the attention of students to this college from around the country. But soon students and faculty combined as one came to the conclusion that Black Mountain College was one of the fewest schools that was full heartedly dedicated to educational and artistic experimentation in the arts. By the nineteen-forties, Black Mountain's faculty incorporated some of the greatest artists and contemporizes of its time: Walter Gropius, Jacob Lawrence, Willem de Kooning,
Robert Motherwell, John Cage, Alfred Kazin, Merce Cunningham, and Paul Goodman. Students found themselves that they were at the focus of such predominant wide ranging creations such as Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome, Charles Olson's Projective Verse, and some of the first performances of art in the U.S. Which brings me back to the point I mentioned before that Charles Olsen is indeed a great representation of Black Mountain college especially through his writing style and his creative personality.

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