Symposium Program


Kick-Off Event: Thursday, October 22
The Poetry of Black Mountain College: A Celebration
A special event in the UMaine New Writing Series
4:30pm in the Allen & Sally Fernald APPE Space, Stewart Commons 104

Featuring Symposium participants Anselm Berrigan, Vincent Katz, & Kaplan Harris along with faculty and students from the University of Maine, including Carla Billitteri, Steve Evans, Ben Friedlander, & Jennifer Moxley.

Day 1: Friday, October 23
Venue: The Graduate Commons, Room 57 Stodder Hall

10:00am | Preliminary Roundtable: The symposium begins with introductory remarks by participants, brief project descriptions, and some installation views of Leap Before You Look.

12:00pm | Lunch break

01:00pm | Brenda Danilowitz, the chief curator of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, presents on the transition from Bauhaus to Black Mountain College with an emphasis on the composers and musicians.

02:00pm | Jonathan Hiam, curator of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the New York Public Library, presents on the 1945 Music Institute, which was held at Kenyon College after dissension at BMC.

03:00pm | Ruth Erickson, assistant curator at the ICA/Boston and editor, with Helen Molesworth, of the Leap Before You Look catalog, presents on John Cage’s Theater Piece Nº1.

04:00pm | UM Faculty Roundtable: Justin Wolff, Gene Felice, Nate Aldrich, and Jon Ippolito reflect on Black Mountain’s impact on late 20th-century avant-garde art and performance.

05:30pm | Reception at University of Maine Museum of Art (RSVP required to steven dot evans at maine dot edu)

In conjunction with the Symposium, the UMMA is featuring a gathering of works from the permanent collection by Josef Albers, Ilya Bolotowsky, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, and Robert Rauschenberg.

DAY 2: Saturday, October 24
Venue: The Graduate Commons, Room 57 Stodder Hall

10:00am | Vincent Katz, curator and editor of Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art, presents on Robert Creeley’s editing of the final issue of Black Mountain Review.

11:00am | Katherine Markoski, a recent postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian, presents on Cy Twombly and Charles Olson.

01:00pm | Kaplan Harris, associate professor of English at St. Bonaventure University and co-editor of the Selected Letters of Robert Creeley, presents on Jonathan Williams and The Jargon Society.

02:00pm | Jenni Sorkin, assistant professor of Art History and Architecture at UC Santa Barbara, presents on MC Richards, with a focus on her translations of Antonin Artaud and experimental theater work.

03:30pm | UM Faculty Roundtable: Carla Billitteri, Benjamin Friedlander, & Jennifer Moxley reflect on the legacy of Black Mountain poetry and poetics.

04:30pm | Concluding roundtable: In closing, we’ll focus on new directions for BMC-related research in the wake of Leap Before You Look.

06:00pm | End of Symposium