Black Mountain College and its Legacy, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, NY

Installation view.

September 15 – October 29, 2011

The exhibition Black Mountain College and Its Legacy will open at the Loretta Howard Gallery on Thursday September 15, and continue through October 29, 2011.

The exhibition features more than 100 works by 35 artists including Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Buckminster Fuller, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Robert Rauschenberg, Dorothea Rockburne, Kenneth Snelson, Jack Tworkov and Cy Twombly among others. The exhibition focusses on works created at Black Mountain and on a broad selection of important “legacy” works.

In addition to major painting and works on paper, the exhibition includes a wide range of media for which Black Mountain was known. Historic documentary photographs of Black Mountain faculty and students highlight the organic, multidisciplinary environment that came to define the college. Works by Harry Callahan, Hazel Larsen Archer and Aaron Siskind formed an important turning point in experimental photography. Newly discovered footage of Merce Cunningham’s 1964 World Tour will be shown publicly for the first time along with video, audio recordings and musical performances by John Cage.

The back gallery features several models by Buckminster Fuller as well as a range of sculpture and ceramics made at Black Mountain. A special display will highlight poetry published at Black Mountain. Loretta Howard Gallery will host a press brunch on Wednesday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. to preview the exhibition. On Thursday, September 15 the gallery will host an opening reception featuring a harp performance of John Cage’s In a Landscape which premiered at Black Mountain in 1948. The gallery will also host a poetry reading on Wednesday, October 19. The exhibition is co-curated by Loretta Howard and Robert S. Mattison and is accompanied by a catalog.