Arts at Black Mountain College

Scope: 

Black Mountain College, founded in 1933, was located in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Based on John Dewey’s ideas of educational reform, Black Mountain College was committed to an interdisciplinary approach to education. This document is designed as an introduction to the story of the arts and artists of Black Mountain College.

Introductory Text: 

A through introduction to the topic of Black Mountain College can be found in Mary Emma Harris' The Arts at Black Mountain College. This book and its bibliography are well written, giving skillful introduction to the activities and participants of the college.

Duberman, Martin. Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community. Northwestern University Press, Illinois. 1972. ASU SPEC APP COLL LD451.B5682 D82 1973

Harris, Mary Emma. The Arts at Black Mountain College. MIT Press, Cambridge: 1987. APP COLL NX 405 B55 B554 1987

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

Highly Relevant

  • Black Mountain College: Black Mountain, N.C.
  • Black Mountain College: Alumni and alumnae
  • Black Mountain College: Biography

Also Relevant

  • Black Mountain College: Alumni and alumnae--Exhibitions
  • Black Mountain College: Board of Fellows
  • Black Mountain College: History

More General

  • North Carolina: Museum and Arts Center
  • North Carolina: Black Mountain
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • AET 231
  • LA2317
  • LD451
  • N6490
  • N6888
  • N6537
  • N7433
  • NC139
  • NX1.B52
  • NX.F8559
  • NX 405
  • NX 504
  • ML198.5
  • PS3568
Books: 

Cremin, Lawrence A. The Transformation of the School: Progressivism in the School, 1876-1957. Vintage Books/Knopf: New York: 1964. WCU GENERAL LA209 .C7

Dawson, Fielding. The Black Mountain Book. Croton Press, New York. 1970. ASU SPEC APP COLL PS3554.A948 B6 1991

Duberman, Martin. Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community. Northwestern University Press, Illinois. 1972. ASU SPEC APP COLL LD451.B5682 D82 1973

Harris, Mary Emma. The Arts at Black Mountain College. MIT Press, Cambridge: 1987. APP COLL NX 405 B55 B554 1987

Katz, Vincent (ed). Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA. 2003. ASU SPEC APP COLL OVSZ / NX405.B55 B552 2003

Rosenthal, T. G. Josef Albers: Formulation: Articulation. Thames & Hudson, New York, 2006. ASU MAIN STACKS N6888.A5 A4 2006

Reynolds, Katherine Chaddock. Visions and Vanities : John Andrew Rice of Black Mountain College. Lousiana State University Press, Baton Rouge: 1998. ASU SPEC APP COLL LA2317.R47 R49 1998

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Chilvers, Ian. "Black Mountain College." The Oxford Dictionary of Art. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 19 Oct. 2009. http://www.encyclopedia.com.

Joachimides, Christos M. et al. American Art in the 20th Century: Painting and Sculpture, 1913-1993. Prestel, Munich & New York. 1993. WCU GENERAL N6512. A572 1993

Lane, Mervin. Black Mountain College: Sprouted Seeds. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville. 1990. ASU SPEC APP COLL LD451.B5682 B57 1990

Bibliographies: 

Bibliographies that contain materials on Black Mountain College include: Harris, Mary Emma. The Arts at Black Mountain College. MIT Press, Cambridge: 1987. APP COLL NX 405 B55 B554 1987

Abstracts and Indices: 

Abstracts and Indices for finding appropriate journal articles on the topic of Black Mountain College (Subject Heading: "Black Mountain College") include the following:

Academic OneFile (Available through the ASU Library Website) 41 related entries

Academic Search Premier (Available through the ASU Library Website) 83 related entries

America: History & Life (Available through the ASU Library Website) 36 related entries

ISI Web of Knowledge (Available through the ASU Library Website) 20 related entries

NexisLexis Academic (Available through the ASU Library Website) 72 related entries

Oxford Art Online (Available through the ASU Library Website) 29 related entries

Project Muse (Available through the ASU Library Website) 54 related entries (pdf & html format)

Wilson Web/Art Full Text (Available through the ASU Library Website) 51 related entries (pdf & html format)

WorldCat (Available through the ASU Library Website) 447 related headings (please see related bibliography for resources available in at Western Carolina University & Appalachian State University)

Journals: 

Black Mountain College. "Black Mountain College Review". Black Mountain College ; Hoboken, N.J. : U.S. distributor: B. de Boer, 1954-1957

Brown, Tony. "Black Mountain College: A Renegade Renaissance Offends Some Alumni," Charlotte Observer: 22 March 1989.

Carr, Genie. "Where Arts were Safely Nurtured." Winston-Salem Journal: 9 August 1987.

Claire, Alasdair. "The Rise and Fall of Black Mountain College." The Listener: 27 March 1969.

Clark. Paul. "Film puts Black Mountain College on the Big Screen." Asheville Citizen Times: 15 April 2007.

Dawson, Fielding. "Picketing the Zeitgeist: Black Mountain Defined." American Book Review: Sept/Oct 1990.

Duncan, Katherine. "A Legacy Lives on in Display at WCU; Works from Black Mountain College Reveal Rich Historic Era". Asheville Citizen Times: 18 October1998.

Gould. Richard. "Final Week for Black Mountain College Exhibit." Hickory Daily Record: 4 Jan 2009.

Kreisel, Deanna. "Portraits from Black Mountain." Charlotte Observer: 10 November 2003.

Litt, Steven. "Black Mountain: A Crucible for American Art." The Newstand Observer: 2 August 1987.

Weisenberger, B.A. "In the Groove of Academe: Black Mountain". Book World: 19 November 1972

Websites: 

Brinkmann, Reinhold et al. Driven into Paradise: The Musical Migration from Nazi Germany to the United States. University of California Press, Nerkeley, Ca, 1999. NetLibrary eBooks:
http://www.netLibrary.com/urlapi.asp?action=summary&v=1&bookid=19165

Other Sources: 

Black Mountain Books in Black Mountain, NC
Address; 103 Cherry Street Black Mountain, NC 28711
Telephone: (828) 669-8149

Black Mountain Collection at North Carolina Wesleyan College
over 5300 books from the original BMC collection
contact: Dr. Leverett T. Smith (lsmith@ncwc.edu)
Telephone: (252) 985-5193

Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center
Address: 56 Broadway Street Asheville, NC 28801-2916
Telephone: (828) 350-8484

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Kehren Barbour, December 2009