Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design
August 25, 2014 - February 27, 2015
Opening Reception: September 5, 2014 5:00 - 8:00 pm
This exhibition is designed to inspire new ways of thinking about the role and 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 from 1933 to 1957. The exhibition will include ceramics, textiles, furniture, sculpture, paintings, printed material, and ephemera created by students and faculty from the college.
Black Mountain College was not designed as an "art school," but from the very beginning, the centrality of the arts offered students and faculty an array of opportunities to collaborate and explore various disciplines. As a collective, this exhibition demonstrates that there were characteristics common to both faculty and student artistic practices and approaches to design, whether it be an emphasis on process, a focus on materiality, a frmalistic approach to composition, or an inquisitiveness about the relationship between making objects and their role in greater society.
Together, these works demonstrate that the College was not only crucial in the evolution of studio craft and design movements, but that the College's pedagogy and unique student body were key to solidifying its long-standing legacy.
Lady Murasaki's Fan Chair, 1993
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Collection
Gift of the Artist
The Arizona State University Art Museum presents Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft. Curated by Heather Sealy Lineberry, Senior Curator and Associate Director, and Peter Held, Curator of Ceramics and organized by the Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center, Crafting a Continuum includes approximately 60 objects from the ASU Art Museum's permanent collection and recent acquisitions, including works by many of the major and emerging figures in contemporary crafts. This exhibit and its accompanying catalog provide an international perspective on modern and contemporary crafts highlighting innovative experimentation with this ancient medium.
Philip C. Moulthrop
White Pine Mosaic Bowl, 1992
Collection of the Arizona State University Art Museum; Museum
purchase with funds provided by the American Art Heritage Fund