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Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957

September 16, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


black-mtn-collegeWith support by Ohio Humanities, the Wexner Center for the Arts will present a free curators’ talk 5 p.m. Fri. Sept. 16, in advance of the public viewing of Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957. 

Curators will discuss Black Mountain College’s cross-disciplinary approach in the arts and its continued relevance, despite closing in 1957. Ruth Erickson, an associate curator with Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and Helen Molesworth, chief curator of Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, will host the talk at the Wexner Film/Video Theater, 1871 N. High St., Columbus.

Beginning at 4 p.m. an early preview of the exhibit is available. The event is also free; however, RSVPs are requested by visiting, wexarts.org/rsvp or by an email to, RSVP@wexarts.org.

Founded in 1933, the College believed the study, and the practices of art were indispensable aspects of a student’s general liberal arts education. Leap Before You Look chronicles how, this rural North Carolina college became a crucial incubator and gathering place for future giants of the mid-century avant-garde movement.

While the traditional arts of sculpture and painting are amply represented within the exhibit, they’re given equal billing with weaving, metalwork, jewelry design, and furniture produced in the school. Additionally, extensive archival photographs and recordings are included in the exhibition.

The  full gallery exhibit runs through Jan. 1, 2017. After the Sept. 16, follow this link to visit the Wexner Center for the Arts for theatre hours and further details.

This program is made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Ohio Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


September 16, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Wexner Center for the Arts – Film/Video Theater
1871 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210 United States
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