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Lecture by Ruth Erickson and Performance by Intermission Arts and New Dialect

Thursday, February 01, 2018,

  • Location: Cohen Memorial Hall • 1220 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37212

  In conjunction with Looking Back (Looking Forward): The Black Mountain Experience, 

On Thursday, February 1, at 6 p.m., in Cohen Memorial Hall, room 203, Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and co-curator with Helen Molesworth for the major exhibition Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957, will be the keynote speaker for the symposium, Chance Operations: Experiments in Art and Education at Black Mountain College (1933–1956), to be held January 31–February 2, 2018. The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Art, the Department of Theatre, the Cinema and Media Arts program, The Ingram Commons, and StudioVU: The Department of Art Lecture Series.


At a reception following the talk, Intermission Arts and New Dialect will perform Third Voice, a research lab and performance program incorporating newly composed music, video installation, and dance. The collaboration offers an opportunity for emerging composers and choreographers to connect and develop new works, very much in the spirit of the work done at Black Mountain College. Collaborators include New Dialect choreographers Rebecca Steinberg, James Barrett, Curtis Thomas, Spencer Grady, and David Flores, and Intermission composers George Miller, Christopher Bell, Nathaniel Banks (and Arlie), Spencer Channell, and Matt Kinney and Kay Kennedy. All pieces will be performed for the site-specific event at Cohen that evening.

Image Credit:

Hazel Larsen Archer (American, 1921–2001)

Merce Cunningham at Black Mountain College, ca. 1952–53

Vintage gelatin silver print

11” x 7-1/8”

Courtesy of the Estate of Hazel Larsen Archer and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Collection