Brooklyn-based Eva Díaz will discuss her new book The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and the risks and possibilities of using the concept of the “test” as a lens to produce, teach, and understand art.
In the years immediately following World War II, Black Mountain College, an unaccredited school in rural Appalachia, became a vital hub of cultural innovation. Practically every major artistic figure of the mid-20th century spent some time there: Merce Cunningham, Ray Johnson, Franz Kline, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Dorothea Rockburne, Aaron Siskind, Cy Twombly—the list goes on. Yet scholars have tended to view these artists’ time at the college as little more than prologue, a step on their way to greatness. With The Experimenters, Eva Díaz reveals the importance of Black Mountain College and how its artists helped redefine what artistic practice could be for future generations.
Book signing with the author to follow after the lecture. Copies of The Experimenters will be available for sale in the MODA bookstore.
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