Saturday, July 08, 2006

Michael Rumaker Brings Geetings from Black Mountain College












If I were in Philadelphia tonight, I'd head over to the Bridgette Mayer Gallery on Walnut Street to catch novelist and poet Michael Rumaker reading from Black Mountain Days, his extraordinary memoir of his student years at Black Mountain College.

The Gallery is hosting "Greetings from Black Mountain College," featuring work by students and faculty at the college, including Josef Albers, Elaine de Kooning, Joseph Fiore, Ray Johnson, Leo Krikorian, Gregory Masurovsky, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jonathan Williams, and others. Given the transformation in American art these folks helped create over the last sixty years, it should be an amazing exhibit. The Gallery's page on the exhibit has images of some really striking pieces. Artist Robert Godfrey curated the show for the Gallery.

Michael will be reading at 7:00.

The show runs through August 19th. I do plan a trip north, so perhaps I'll get a chance to see it before it comes down.

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The photograph (by Alice Sebrell, if recollection serves) captures Michael at the reception for the publication of Black Mountain Days held at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. The Center, incidentally, loaned many of the pieces in the show at the Gallery.

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