Curio: The Arts at Black Mountain College

The Arts at Black Mountain College, by Mary Emma Harris


Black Mountain College is legendary, and with good reason. The roster of teachers and students is a veritable checklist of The Major Names in mid-20th Century American Art. And if you were looking for that roster, you’d find it in this book, starting on page 263: a complete list of everyone who taught or attended at Black Mountain. A history of the college and it’s ideals, the book is chock full of illustrations—candid photographs of authors and artists, paintings, behind-the-scenes snapshots—and even includes an unbelievable bibliography of books published about the college, by the college, and by its faculty and students (even including books not associated with the college).

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