adVANCE! Modernism, Black Liberation + Black Mountain College
February 11 – May 14, 2022
Featuring contemporary works by Larry Paul King and Reggie Tidwell, this exhibition illuminated Asheville as a city undergoing transformation, the changing Appalachian region, and modernism and abstraction as a liberating aesthetic for Black artists. ACTIVE ARCHIVE resident curator Marie T. Cochran reflected on the relationship between BMC’s modernism and progressive movements of civil and human rights. Rooted in the modernism of celebrated Black Mountain College instructor in painting Jacob Lawrence and his colleagues and students, adVANCE! bridged the past and future by acknowledging the debt that Western modernism owes to African aesthetic practices as well as its inherent progressive ideals which persist in our region.
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (120 College Street)