Exhibitions & Performances

UPDATED MARCH 18, 2020 – This event has been postponed.

During the institute, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center will host the grand opening of an exhibition, curated by Jade Dellinger, investigating John Cage’s engagement with Buddhism and its influence on both his music and visual art as well as his understanding of the universe. The exhibition will remain on view through September 5, 2020.

Dellinger is currently director of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College. As former director of Edition Julie Sylvester in New York, N.Y., Dellinger collaborated on prints and multiples with artists including Félix González-Torres, Franz West, Martin Kippenberger, Richard Prince, and Ed Ruscha. His continued interest in art editions led him to co-curate (with Margaret Miller) [re]mediation: The Digital in Contemporary American Printmaking, the official U.S. participation in the 22nd International Biennial of Graphic Arts, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, which resulted in the prestigious Grand Prix of Honor being awarded to David Hockney for his participation in the exhibition. Dellinger has organized major solo and two-person museum shows for such artists as Yoko Ono, Ann Hamilton, James Franco, Glenn Branca, Allan McCollum, Bob Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, Peter Greenaway, Guerrilla Girls and Jack Kerouac.

Thursday, May 14

Highsmith Union, Blue Ridge Room; 7 p.m.

Performances in conjunction with the institute and exhibition will include Waves and Particles, a newly commissioned composition by John Luther Adams and performed by the JACK Quartet, which has been hailed by The New York Times as the “nation’s most important quartet.” This work will unite themes from the John Cage and Buddhism exhibition and interfaith institute, exploring the influence of Black Mountain College artists and thinkers and drawing connections between science, nature and spiritual imaginings. Adams is a Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer whose work focuses on the enormity of nature and the place of humanity within the larger community of life on earth.

JACK is composed of violinists Christopher Otto, Austin Wulliman, and John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell.

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Saturday, May 16

Another highlight will be I hunger for you, a performance by choreographer and dancer Kimberly Bartosik, which emanates from Bartosik’s personal experience with charismatic spirituality. It delves deeply into the heart of losing one’s self in ecstasy, ritual and desire. I hunger for you was commissioned and presented by BAM Next Wave Festival 2018 and LUMBERYARD Center for Film & Performing Arts, through an inaugural year BAM/LUMBERYARD partnership.

Bartosik will also lead a workshop for institute participants. Bartosik is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography and a 2017-20 New York Live Arts Live Feed Residency Artist. She was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for nine years and received a Bessie Award for Exceptional Artistry in performing his work. A series of Cunningham solos will be performed by former Cunningham dancers at the opening of the Cage and Buddhism exhibition.

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(Featured photo: Kimberly Bartosik performing I hunger for you)