Conversations: Faith in Arts
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) and UNC Asheville are hosting multiple public conversations and interviews with a diverse group of artists, curators, faith leaders, and scholars to explore the role of arts in spiritual practice and religious life and the role of spiritual practice and religious life in the arts.
We start each conversation with the open-ended question: what does faith in arts mean to you?
- July 7, 2021: Aviya Kushner – Acclaimed author and poet Aviya Kushner joins retired UNC Asheville professor Rick Chess to discuss her debut poetry collection, Wolf Lamb Bomb, which revives and reimagines the Book of Isaiah in an intimate conversation between woman and prophet.
- June 9, 2021: Christopher-Rasheem McMillan – McMillan is a performance-related artist and scholar. He has a joint appointment between Dance and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. He uses video, performance, photography and oral storytelling to explore themes of race, memory, queer desire, religion, personal and public mythology.
Listen to all conversations on the BMCM+AC website.
ReVIEWING Black Mountain College
November 12-14, 2021: International Conference, Hosted by Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
The 12th Annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College conference (scheduled for November 12-14, 2021 in Asheville, North Carolina) will have a thematic focus on the remarkable and far-reaching impact of John Cage’s ideas and practices. Cage was a radical thinker, composer, musician, collaborator, visual artist, writer, and Buddhist. His legacy in music, performance, and visual art is incalculable. Through Revisiting John Cage, BMCM+AC encourages expansive conversation on, and responses to, the composer’s works and influences through a broad and global perspective. Proposals on any topic related to Black Mountain College and its legacy are also welcome and will be considered. Furthermore, in the spirit of BMC, the conference challenges disciplinary boundaries, and therefore performances, multi-media panel proposals, and workshops are welcome. Find more information and the proposal submission form on the BMCM+AC website.
Waves and Particles – John Luther Adams, performed by JACK Quartet
November 12, 2021
World premiere of John Luther Adams’ new composition Waves and Particles, performed by JACK Quartet. Presented on the opening night of the 12th annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College Conference (November 12 – 14, 2021) and in conjunction with the exhibition Don’t Blame it on ZEN: The Way of John Cage & Friends (September 3, 2021 – January 8, 2022). Find more information and tickets on the BMCM+AC website.