On August 6th, 2010, “BLACK MOUNTAIN AN EXPLORATION IN COMMUNITY”…

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"Black Mountain, An Exploration in Community" by Martin Duberman

….is the engaging 1972 book by Martin Duberman which I just finished this afternoon – about the short-lived (1933-56) rural North Carolina experimental school that has fascinated me for years – and with this controversial record of it’s history, Duberman inserts himself into the narrative, creating a very personal portrait of this place that was always striving towards an ideal that it rarely achieved – but the intimate stories of the hopes and desires that each person brought to it through the years (Albers, Rice, Fuller, Cunningham, Cage, Rauschenberg, Creeley…) is what I am left with.