"Learning" by Jean Charlot, Camp Rockmount, Black Mountain, North Carolina

A work made of chromogenic print, from the series "sweet earth: experimental utopias in america".

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  • A work made of chromogenic print, from the series "sweet earth: experimental utopias in america".

Date:

April 2005

Artist:

Joel Sternfeld
American, born 1944

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Artist

Joel Sternfeld

Title

"Learning" by Jean Charlot, Camp Rockmount, Black Mountain, North Carolina

Origin

United States

Date

2005

Medium

Chromogenic print, from the series "Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America"

Inscriptions

No markings recto or verso Black Mountain College was an experiment in communal education. During its twenty-three-year history, from 1933 to 1956, small, informal classes and the spontaneous continuation of dialogue into the dining room and evening hours redefined boundaries between teacher and student. Black Mountain was a remarkable example of innovative higher education in its time. It didn’t have a traditional grading system—instead students were rigorously examined prior to certification. The organization and curriculum of the college were based on John Rice’s educational theories, which combined the liberal arts with the fine arts. It was the sixteen-year presence of Joseph Albers that was central to Black Mountain’s inordinate influence on modern art. Among his students were Robert Rauschenberg and Willem de Kooning. Other distinguished teachers included John Cage and Merce Cunningham. Buckminster Fuller taught engineering and built the first large-scale geodesic dome there with his students. The mural “Learning” is one of two created by Jean Charlot in 1944 for the concrete pylons of the Walter Gropius-designed Studies Building. When Black Mountain College closed in 1956, it was sold to Camp Rockmount, a Christian boys’ camp. “Learning” and its sister mural “Inspiration” now enoble soccer and weightlifting equipment. From the portfolio, Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America, 1982–2005

Dimensions

26.1 × 33 cm (image); 27.9 × 35.6 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph and Nancy Segall

Reference Number

2008.764

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