Hammer Blog

  • Art in Conversation: Jack Pierson and Catherine Opie

    Art in Conversation: Jack Pierson and Catherine Opie

    My fellow student educator and I decided to look closely at two photographs found in Still Life with Fish; Jack Pierson’s Self-Portrait #1 and Catherine Opie’s Self-Portrait, 1970. When looking at these two photographs in Still Life with Fish, I was compelled to open up a conversation with visitors about why the exhibition’s curators might have chosen to place these works on the same wall.

  • “…this is not a democracy, it’s a cheerocracy”: Dance on Film

    “…this is not a democracy, it’s a cheerocracy”: Dance on Film

    We began our programming season with the dance documentary First Position (Bess Kargman, 2011) and our current Black Mountain College exhibition and programming highlights the ways that dance was integral to the school’s interdisciplinary, experiential approach to arts education. With dance and film on our minds, we decided to think deeply about our favorite dance movies of all time – a daunting feat, no doubt, since a bad dance film is like a bad pizza (i.e., delicious nonetheless).

  • Art in Conversation: Ruth Asawa and Merce Cunningham

    Art in Conversation: Ruth Asawa and Merce Cunningham

    On Sunday March 6, my fellow student educator Audrey and I facilitated an Art in Conversation with museumgoers in Leap Before you Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957. Just half an hour long, Art in Conversation is designed to place two art pieces in conversation with each other.