On Display: The Photographs of Black Mountain College


On Display: The Photographs of Black Mountain College

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Harry Callahan, Asheville, North Carolina , 1951

 Harry Callahan, Asheville, North Carolina; 1951 (image), late 1960s (print); gelatin silver print, 7.75 x 11.75 inches. © The Estate of Harry Callahan; Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. Private Collection.

"Begin to See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College" brings together photographs taken at the college by its former students for the first time. The exhibit opens with a free reception on Friday, January 20th, and runs until May 20th at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC). 

Photography workshops began at the historic college in the 1930s. Summer courses were offerd in the 40s, and regular courses hit student schedules in 1949. The collection spans these years up until the college closed in the 50s. Photographers represented include Josef Albers, Hazel Larsen Archer, Josef Breitenbach, Harry Callahan, Trude Guermonprez, Robert Haas, Clemens Kalischer, Barbara Morgan, Beaumont Newhall, Nancy Newhall, Andy Oates, Robert Rauschenberg, Aaron Siskind, Cy Twombly, Stan VanDerBeek, Susan Weil, and Jonathan Williams, among others. 


On Saturday, January 21st, the BMCM+AC will host a discussion with exhibit curator Julie J. Thompson, Michael Beggs, a former researcher at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and an expert on Josef Albers’ photographic work, and Heather South, lead archivist at the Western Regional Archives. The discussion will be moderated by Diana Stoll, Senior Editor at the Aperture Foundation.

The opening reception on Friday begins at 5:30 p.m., with a gallery talk from Thompson at 6:45. Saturday's conversation starts at 2 p.m. and is free for members ($5 for non-members). 

For more information on BMCM+AC programming, click here