ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 5: Shaping Craft + Design

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The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center announces ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 5: Shaping Craft + Design to be held October 11-13, 2013 at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus.

This weekend event falls at the end of American Craft Week (Oct. 4-13). This 5th annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College conference will explore new ways of thinking about the role and impact of Black Mountain College on the development of craft and design movements in America and internationally. Presentations will expand our understanding of Black Mountain College as it relates to craft and design as well as the educational model implemented by its founders and faculty. The three-day program is open to the public and will include a full schedule of speakers and panels. This year's Keynote Speaker is Christopher Benfey, PhD., distinguished historian, author of many books including Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay, and great nephew of Josef and Anni Albers. Benfey's presentation is entitled SURVIVAL 101: KEEPING EDUCATION ALIVE AT BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE. He will speak from 5:30-6:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 12th. A reception will follow. Jenni Sorkin, Conference Featured Speaker, is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently completing a book manuscript, titled Live Form: Craft as Participation, which examines the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and the history of post-war ceramics from 1945 to 1975. Ulrich Schwarz, Conference Featured Speaker, is Professor of Visual Communication and Vice Dean at University of the Arts Berlin and a Managing Partner of Bertron Schwarz Frey, a design firm focused on Museography, Exhibition Design and Information Design. He is the author of publications such as Space, Time, Characters and Museography and Exhibition Design as well as contributions to Information Graphics and Information Design Source Book. Other conference presentations will come from a Call for Proposals that attracted submissions from all over the United States and a few from Europe. A full schedule can be found at our website: The full conference fee is $70.00 ($35 for BMCM+AC members, OLLI members and students) and includes an annual membership to the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. The keynote address only is $25 ($10 for BMCM+AC members, OLLI members and students). The conference is free for UNCA faculty, students and staff. It is open to the public. People can register and pay online at our website or in person at the conference. ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 5 is co-sponsored by UNC Asheville and the UNC Asheville Howerton Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. Additional support comes from The Windgate Charitable Foundation and the North Carolina Arts Council.