Y'know, they are #whirlwindarttripswithkate (a four-day trip, two of which were all driving), but we pack in as much as we can… this will be my last post about our visit to Black Mountain College Museum, and then there will be a post or two about our visit to Biltmore.
We all, I suppose, hope to in some measure, at some point, achieve fineness in our work, but what is really exciting is the feeling that we are growing, that we are discovering things that we hadn't known before—and especially that there is so much ahead that has not been realized. And, for me, Art is the name of a direction, not a product.
–Joan Potter (Sihvonen) Loveless (1928-2009) from Three Weavers (University of New Mexico Press, 1992);
she studied weaving with Anni Albers at BMC 1944-1948
Oh, that last sentence!!
Experienced weavers were invited to sit down and work on this piece! My experience is limited to a child's BRIO loom — I have no idea how those foot pedals work — so I just admired.
Here are a few more pieces from Question Everything! The Women of Black Mountain College that stood out to me.
Lolita Georgia, Weaving Class Notebook, 1935
Lolita Georgia was the spouse of Black Mountain College faculty & founding member, Frederick R. Georgia. She was at BMC from 1933-1937. This is a page from her weaving class notebook, from a class taught by Anni Albers.
Anni Albers, Untitled, 1950, cotton and bast
Anni Albers (1899-1994) originally intended to study visual arts, but the way things worked at the Bauhaus in 1922, female students were restricted to the weaving workshop… which is terrible but also terrific & serendipitous, as Anni Albers became one of the most influential textile artists of the 20th Century! She and her husband, Josef, came to BMC in 1933, after fleeing Nazi Germany; Josef was head of the new school and also head of the painting program, while Anni taught weaving and textile design; they left the school in 1949.
Elizabeth Jennerjahn, Untitled, ca. 1960, textile with applied fabric wall hanging
Elizabeth Schmitt Jennerjahn (1923-2007) first attended BMC in 1943-44 as a student, studying art with Josef & Anni Albers. She left to study dance in New York City with Martha Graham, returning in 1948 with her husband, Warren (Pete) Jennerjahn, to study with Merce Cunningham, also working as a student teacher in 1949; the Jennerjahns left BMC in 1951.
Susan Moore, Composition with Dot, date unknown, oil on canvas
Susan Moore (1926-2013) was a student at Black Mountain College in the summer of 1946, studying design and painting with Josef Albers and Jacob Lawrence.
Evelyn Williams Anselevicius, Untitled (from the Geodesic Series, ca. 1970s, tapestry
Evelyn Williams Anselevicius (1923-2003) was a BMC student in 1947. She became known internationally for her large-scale woven tapestries, often using Mexican rug weaving techniques and wool that was spun & dyed in Mexico.
And, of course, Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), who attended BMC from 1946 to 1949.
Have a great weekend!!!