Don't Blame it on ZEN: The Way of John Cage & Friends

Currently on view in our upper and lower galleries

Curated by Jade Dellinger, Director of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW

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On this page, you will find ways to experience art and performance, learn more about Black Mountain College and its artists, and even participate in virtual events.

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Upcoming events + performances

ReVIEWING: International Conference on Black Mountain College

ReVIEWING: International Conference on Black Mountain College

November 12 – 14, 2021 | UNC Asheville Reuter Center – ReVIEWING 12, the annual international conference on Black Mountain College, will have a thematic focus on the remarkable and far-reaching impact of John Cage’s ideas and practices. Cage was a radical thinker, composer, musician, collaborator, visual artist, writer, and Buddhist. His legacy in music, performance, and visual art is incalculable. Through Revisiting John Cage, BMCM+AC encourages expansive conversation on, and responses to, the composer’s works and influences through a broad and global perspective.

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PERFORMANCE: Waves and Particles – John Luther Adams, performed by JACK Quartet

PERFORMANCE: Waves and Particles – John Luther Adams, performed by JACK Quartet

Friday, November 12th, 2021 at 8 PM | BMCM+AC {120 College Street} + Streaming – Presented in conjunction with the 12th annual ReVIEWING conference and the exhibition “Don’t Blame it on ZEN: The Way of John Cage & Friends,” join us for the world premiere of a new composition by John Luther Adams, “Waves and Particles,” performed by the JACK Quartet.

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PERFORMANCES: WORKS OF JOHN CAGE – ReVIEWING 12

PERFORMANCES: WORKS OF JOHN CAGE – ReVIEWING 12

Saturday, November 13th at 8PM EST | BMCM+AC {120 College Street} – Presented in conjunction with the 12th annual ReVIEWING conference. Two performances present the wide-ranging works of John Cage: Carl Patrick Bolleia, John Cage Piano/Toy Piano Retrospective: Black Mountain Keyboard | Thomas Moore, solo piano works by John Cage, with a focus on compositions written around 1952 and 1953

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Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center By The Numbers

200,000+

Visitors

6,000+

Collaborations with Artists + Organizations

1,000+

Events

4,000+

Pieces of Artwork + Ephemera

50+

Exhibitions

60+

Oral Histories Created

30+

Exhibition Catalogues, Dossiers + Other Publications

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BMCM+AC is supported by our members, a community as passionate about the legacy of Black Mountain College as we are. With sliding scale options, our members sustain our programs, collection, exhibitions and more. As a thank you, we offer our members some added benefits.

All members receive a membership card, BMC sticker, 10% discount on purchases in our retail and online bookshops, e-newsletter subscription, discounted admission to events + invitations to openings and programs, with added perks at each tier.

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Museum from Home

We’re joining museums and galleries around the world in offering remote alternatives to our in-person exhibitions and programs.

On this page you will find ways to experience art and performance, learn more about BMC and its artists, and even participate in virtual events.

BMC Books

Browse our collection of Black Mountain College books, merchandise and more at BMC Books.

Exhibitions

Spring 2021 Exhibitions: I AM A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD | Jonathan Williams and the Jargon Society

Become a Member

Our members sustain BMCM+AC, supporting our exhibitions, collection, programs and more. With sliding scale options, we hope that you’ll find a membership that works for you!

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BMCM+AC occupies ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi territory, the original home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee.

We acknowledge the settler-colonial forces still at work in our region and seek to honor the sovereignty of the Cherokee.