Between Form and Content

Perspectives on Jacob Lawrence + Black Mountain College

Between Form and Content

Book Pages: 128 Illustrations: Published: October 2019

African American Studies and Black Diaspora, Art and Visual Culture, General Interest > NC and Regional U.S.

This catalog accompanies Between Form and Content: Perspectives on Jacob Lawrence + Black Mountain College, the first exhibition to focus on a watershed moment in the seminal career of Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000), when he was invited by Josef Albers to teach a painting course at the Black Mountain College summer art institute of 1946. Lawrence's presence at Black Mountain College was part of its forward-thinking initiative to integrate the campus community beginning in the early 1940s. Curator Julie Levin Caro's introductory essay highlights the impact of Lawrence's exposure to Albers's Bauhaus-inspired theories and teaching methods and explores the ways Lawrence's pedagogy continuously fed his artistic explorations. In addition to Lawrence's paintings and prints, Caro writes about the artwork and recollections of a number of other artists at Black Mountain College during the summer of 1946, including Lawrence's wife Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence as well as Josef and Anni Albers, Leo Amino, Jean Varda, Ruth Asawa, Ray Johnson, and Beaumont and Nancy Newhall. Curator Jeff Arnal's essay introduces the work of the international artists commissioned to expand pathways into Lawrence's paintings through their contemporary, new media works. The catalog also includes artist statements by music animator/filmmaker Martha Coburn, curator/writer Jace Clayton (DJ Rupture), composer/ performer Tyondai Braxton and installation artist Grace Villamil.

Between Form and Content will be on display at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC from September 28, 2018 through January 12, 2019.

Contributors. Jeff Arnal, Tyondai Braxton, Julie Levin Caro, Jace Clayton (DJ Rupture), Martha Coburn, Ben Hall, Grace Villamil



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Julie Levin Caro is an independent curator and Professor of Art History at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, NC.

Jeff Arnal is Executive Director of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Foreword / Jeff Arnal  x
Hammer-Camera-Scissors (The Workers of Jacob Lawrence) / Martha Colburn  2
Jacob Lawrence at Black Mountain College, Sumer 1946 / Julie Levin Caro  4
Search for Function / Tyondai Braxton and Grace Villamil  34
Excerpted Interview with Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence / Connie Bostic  36
The Jacob Lawrence of Jacob Lawrence / Jace Clayton  44
Excerpted Interview with Jace Clayton / Jeff Arnal  45
Jacob Lawrence: Between Form and Content / Julie Levin Caro  48
Face Changer / Ben Hall  84
Exhibition Checklist  93
Contributor Biographies  96
Acknowledgments  99
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Paper ISBN: 978-1-5323-7293-3
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