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Black Mountain College


Black Mountain College was an experimental school founded in the middle of the twentieth century on the principles of balancing academics, arts, and manual labor within a democratic, communal society to create "complete" people. The environment was so conducive to interdisciplinary work and experimentation that it proved to be one of the most important settings for twentieth-century artists in their quest to revolutionize modern art.

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Through a balanced curriculum of academics, arts, and manual labor in a democratic community, students would become "complete" people.
The college fostered extreme experimentation through creativity and interdisciplinary coordination.
The work of its faculty and students revolutionized the arts and science scenes in the second half of the twentieth century. Among the best known affiliates were Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, Buckminster Fuller, Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, M.C. Richards, Charles Olsen and Jacob Lawrence.


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