May 18-21, 2010
Hickory, N.C.


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Music - Lee Hall - BMC
Music on the porch of Lee Hall, 1930s
Courtesy of the Black Mountain College Arts Center

Imagination, Integration, Innovation, Implementation
The Spirit of Black Mountain College Summer Session at LRU 2010 will present student work inspired by Black Mountain College in any of its artistic areas – theatre, visual arts, music, dance, poetry, film – with an emphasis on multi-media performance. A symposium that focuses on the various theoretical, cultural, and historical concepts that informed (implicitly and explicitly) the performances will be held at the close of Session on Friday.

Black Mountain College (BMC), 1933-1957, was one of the most important and influential experiments in education in the 20th century. Its teachers and students went on to shape dance, music, theatre, architecture, and the visual arts for the next several decades. BMC was also a response to the rigid educational models that produced passive students spreading across the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th century. So, its vision was one of engaged learning fueled by a conscious attention to the role of imagination and arts in Higher Education. Educational reform is in the air in the U.S. today reform based upon arts integrated learning.

When: Tuesday (noon) Friday (noon), May 18 21, 2010.
Where: Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC
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Chairdance: Homage to Theodore Gustafeldt devised and performed by the L-R Playmakers, "Chairdance" for Piano and Manipulated International Morse Code (written and performed by Joseph Dorsch; Morse Code by Daniel Kiser), "Chairdance" film by Ellen Pfirrmann and Eljapa Media Inc. (filmed in Black Mountain, NC on the former site of Black Mountain College) 3/4/2009.
Leo Krikorian, 433 EV, 1995
Acrylic on canvas
Collection of the Black Mountain Museum + Arts Center
Keo Krikorian 386 BM