LEAP BEFORE YOU LOOK: BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE 1933-1957 by Helen Anne Molesworth.
In 1933, John Rice founded Black Mountain College in North Carolina as an experiment in how art could inform learning. Though only operational for 24 years, the school acted as an incubator for the wildest new ideas in avant-garde art, architecture, creativity and culture, with instructors like Josef and Annie Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, de Kooning and Buckminster Fuller (whose geodesic dome, featured here, has become an emblem of experimentation, intentional living and courageous design). With a student roster that included Ruth Asawa, Ray Johnson, Susan Weil, Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly, the ideas sparked here helped re-define the relationship between creative expression and a life lived beautifully. May we all leap before we look.
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