Black Mountain
An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933 –1957

The interdisciplinary and experimental educational ideas espoused by Black Mountain College (BMC), founded in North Carolina in 1933, made it one of the most innovative schools in the first half of the twentieth century. Visual arts, economics, physics, dance, architecture, and music were all taught here on an equal footing, and teachers and students lived together in a democratically organized community. The first rector of the school was John Andrew Rice, and Josef Albers, John Cage, Walter Gropius, and Buckminster Fuller were among the many adepts to give courses here. In consequence, BMC witnessed the development of a range of avant-garde concepts. This richly illustrated book appears in conjunction with the Black Mountain exhibition. It is the first comprehensive publication on BMC in the German-speaking world and traces the key moments in the history of this legendary school.

Text: Gabriele Brandstetter, Brenda Danilowitz, Arnold Dreyblatt, Fabienne Eggelhöfer, Matilda Felix, Mary Emma Harris, Gabriele Knapstein, Annette Jael Lehmann, Catherine Nichols, Andi Schoon, Craig Schuftan, Alice Sebrell

42.00 €

Editor

Eugen Blume, Matilda Felix, Gabriele Knapstein, Catherine Nichols

Co-publisher

Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof

Designer

Cyan

Reviews

An Interdisciplinary Experiment setzt auf Archivmaterial: Briefe, Korrespondenzen, Zeitungsausschnitte werden mit Essays, fett gesetzten Zitaten und Malerei und Fotografie so kunstvoll verwoben, dass ein wirklich mitreißendes Buch entstanden ist. Und allein der vollständige Abdruck des dreiseitigen Briefs von Dreier an Albers 1933 sowie der Zeitungsausschnitt mit der Überschrift „Germans To Teach Art Near Here“ mit einem Foto, auf dem Josef und Anni Albers in die Kamera blicken wie einst Bonnie und Clyde, ist den vollen Kaufpreis des Buches wert. 

Florian Heilmeyer, Baunetz