In association with Woodstock Artists Association and Museum – We present this film about Black Mountain College, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, which was an influential experiment in education that thrived from 1933 to 1957 and inspired and shaped twentieth century American art.
In Person: Discussion with Mary Emma Harris, author of The Arts at Black Mountain College and Jacqueline Gourevitch, painter and student at BMC. Reception at WAAM follows discussion.
$12 general public / $10 Seniors / $8 Upstate and WAAM members and students.
During WWII, Black Mountain College was a haven for refugee European artists such as Josef and Anni Albers who arrived from the Bauhaus in Germany. In the socially conservative 1940s and 50s, the college also became a refuge for the American avant-garde, (Franz Kline, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, Robert Creeley, Jacob Lawrence, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, and M.C. Richards). Fully Awake explores how the confluence of this diverse community came together to create a unique educational model.
Through narration, archive photography, and interviews with students, teachers, historians, and current artists, Fully Awake investigates the development of this very special place – the site of Buckminster Fuller’s first geodesic dome, John Cage’s first ‘happening’, and the Black Mountain Review – and how its collaborative curriculum inspired innovations that would change the very definition of “art.” Through probing the legacy of Black Mountain College, Fully Awake points to a progressive pedagogical model that can continue to inspire students today.
(US/ 2008 / Directed Cathryn Davis Zommer and Neeley Dawson)