Black Mountain College:
Shaping Craft + Design
Crammed with furniture, prints, textiles, sculptures, ceramics, publications and more, this inviting show details the creative intensity of Black Mountain College, the faculty-owned school that operated from 1933 to 1957.
Treasures abound, including a desk designed by Josef Albers, which was reproduced for school use by carpenters and less-skilled students in whatever woods were available, and wood and paper models of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome.
The school’s embrace of risk-taking and self-sufficiency can be seen not only in the objects on display, but in the documentation of students and faculty who, despite their lack of experience, constructed a modern campus building, designed by Lawrence Kocher, when the lease expired on the facility they occupied.
Work of faculty and students is intermixed, reflecting the non-hierarchical nature of the school, its focus on student-centered learning and its commitment to collaboration.
Through March 28,
Winthrop University Galleries, Rock Hill. www2.winthrop.edu/vpa/galleries, 803-323-2493.
Within the Glass Cosmos
Two new exhibitions are open at The Sonia and Isaac Luski Gallery at Foundation for the Carolinas.
One exhibition features the work of studio glass artist Michael E. Taylor, whose vividly colored geometric work is in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery, Corning Glass Museum, Mint Museum and other institutions. The other show consists of glass art in various shades of blue by numerous artists.
Through May, Sonia and Isaac Luski Gallery, Foundation for the Carolinas,