It was the largest city I’ll ever know, the swiftest. —Charles Olson
The University of Maine Humanities Center, in collaboration with the National Poetry Foundation, presents a symposium on the history and legacy of Black Mountain College to be held at the University of Maine System’s flagship campus in Orono this October 22-24, 2015. (Program details here.)
The BMC Symposium coincides with the opening of Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957, the major exhibition curated by Helen Molesworth with Ruth Erickson at the ICA/Boston, and the publication of the accompanying catalog by Yale University Press.
The Symposium brings together artists, critics, curators, educators, scholars, students, and writers from across the nation and across the disciplines and departments at the University of Maine for a wide-ranging conversation about the people, ideas, artworks, social contexts, and conflicts that defined Black Mountain College during its relatively brief but highly influential existence.
The BMC Symposium will feature presentations, roundtable discussions, readings, and open forums. Presentations will include:
Jonathan Hiam, curator of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the New York Public Library, presenting on the 1945 Music Institute, which was held at Kenyon College after dissension at BMC.
Katherine Markoski, a recent postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian, presenting on Cy Twombly and Charles Olson.
Jenni Sorkin, Assistant Professor of Art History and Architecture at UC Santa Barbara, presenting on MC Richards, with a focus on her translations of Antonin Artaud and experimental theater work.
Among the University of Maine faculty who will participate in the Symposium are Carla Billitteri (English, National Poetry Foundation), Steve Evans (English, National Poetry Foundation), Gene Felice (New Media / Intermedia), Benjamin Friedlander (English, National Poetry Foundation), Kirsten Jacobson (Philosophy), Jennifer Moxley (English, Creative Writing), Justin Wolff (Art History), and others.
The Symposium builds on three courses offered at the University of Maine in 2015 by Steve Evans (English) and Justin Wolff (Art History) and looks ahead to a sequence of roundtables and gallery talks at the seventeenth annual Modernist Studies Association conference in Boston this November.
Events are free and open to the public. Watch this space for updates on the schedule.
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