“Intersections in American Art” is a major reinstallation and reinterpretation of the Museum’s Collection in a much-enlarged gallery space. A national team of scholars and experts in the field worked with the Museum to develop this new interpretation and exhibition installation.
The thematic and contextual focuses of “Intersections in American Art” are informed by artistic principles exemplified by Black Mountain College (BMC). Because of its unique relevance to Western North Carolina, its important influence on the national and international art community, as well as its interest to longtime and new residents of Western North Carolina and cultural visitors from around the world, the principles of BMC presented an opportunity to develop a unique and placed-based installation.
Themes such as Time & Place, Experiments in Material & Form, and Collaboration & Interdisciplinary Dialogue frame “Intersections in American Art.” These ideas are the cultural heritage, present, and future of the region and are explored in each gallery. Presenting regional contributions within the context of American art on the national scale, these themes help visitors organize and personalize their Museum experience.