Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933 – 1957

The exhibition traces the history of this university experiment in its main outlines. In the first few years of its existence, the college was strongly shaped by German and European émigrés – among them several former Bauhaus members such as Josef and Anni Albers, Alexander “Xanti” Schawinsky and Walter Gropius.

 

Black Mountain College, Collegegebäude, A. Lawrence Kocher (Architekt), Lake Eden Campus 1940-41 © Courtesy of Western Regional Archives, States Archives of North Carolina

Black Mountain College, Collegegebäude, A. Lawrence Kocher (Architekt), Lake Eden Campus 1940-41 © Courtesy of Western Regional Archives, States Archives of North Carolina

 

The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin presents the first comprehensive exhibition in Germany devoted to the legendary Black Mountain College. Founded in 1933 in North Carolina, USA, Black Mountain rapidly rose to fame on account of its progressive teaching methods and the many prominent figures who taught and studied there. Its influence upon the development of the arts in the second half of the 20th century was enormous; the performatisation of the arts, in particular, that emerged as from the 1950s derived vital impetus from the experimental practice at Black Mountain. The founders wanted to establish a democratic, experiential, interdisciplinary educational facility in line with the forward-thinking pedagogical ideas of philosopher John Dewey. (more…)