This exhibition explores the impact of Black Mountain College on the fields of studio craft and design from the middle of the 20th century through today. Black Mountain College was an experimental liberal arts college located in the rural mountains of North Carolina. Even though the college closed 57 years ago, it continues to be influential in the visual, performing, and literary arts today. Works by former faculty members and students of the college are displayed in this exhibition along with some incorporated pieces from the museum's own collection.
One of the highlights of the permanent collection is the installation Klompen, by the Seattle-based artist Trimpin. Klompen is a sound sculpture that includes 96 Dutch wooden clogs that connect to a computer by wires suspended from the ceiling. Placing a quarter in the token box electronically triggers mallets in the toes of the shoes. Trimpin is a contemporary artist who uses sound as a medium for sculpture and works between the genres of art, music and science. His influences include German cuckoo clocks, early electronic media and experimental composers. Bring plenty of quarters; Klompen plays 24 different compositions!
ENCHANTED MODERNITIES: MYSTICISM, LANDSCAPE & THE AMERICAN WEST
With the dynamic energy of 19th century Americanism, the Theosophical Society of the late 1800s specified the American West as the site for rebirth and re-enchantment of humanity, drawing those seeking spiritual fulfillment outside of organized religion to the dramatic landscapes of California, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. This exhibition presents the artists and composers who were influenced by this society and the mystical works they created from spirituality, landscape, and the American West.
2007, mixed media; steel, plaster, and acrylic paint
Passacaglia was completed by the L.A. artist Ann Preston in 2007. The sculpture's name derives from a musical form related to dance. Like its name, the sculpture is composed of geometric forms- a dance of triangles that combine to become diamonds, transforming yet again into larger geometric units which expand into a counter rythm of contoured panels.