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MODA + BURNAWAY present Eva Díaz: The Experimenters

Due to a family emergency, this event has been cancelled. 

Thursday March 12, 2015 6-8 pm

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Kenneth Snelson, R. Buckminster Fuller’s Dome, Demonstration of Strength, Black Mountain College, 1949.


The publication of Eva Díaz’s new book The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and her residency with BURNAWAY Atlanta, provide the occasion for a talk and a series of films about the risks and possibilities of using the concept of the “test” as a lens to produce, teach, and understand art.


In the years immediately following World War II, Black Mountain College, an unaccredited school in rural Appalachia, became a vital hub of cultural innovation. Practically every major artistic figure of the mid-twentieth century spent some time there: Merce Cunningham, Ray Johnson, Franz Kline, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Dorothea Rockburne, Aaron Siskind, Cy Twombly—the list goes on and on. Yet scholars have tended to view these artists’ time at the College as little more than prologue, a step on their way to greatness. With The Experimenters, Eva Díaz reveals the importance of Black Mountain College—and design—they helped redefine what artistic practice was, and could be, for future generations.


Book signing with the author to follow after the lecture. Copies of The Experimenters will be available for sale in the MODA bookstore.


This is a FREE event that requires registration.   Please register by clicking here


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About the Speaker:

Eva Díaz is Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Design Department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She is at work on her next book, The Fuller Effect: The Critique of Total Design in Postwar Art about the legacy of Buckminster Fuller in postwar and contemporary art, for which she received an art writer’s grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation. Her writings have appeared in magazines and journals such as The Art Bulletin, Artforum, Art Journal, Art in America, Cabinet, Frieze, Grey Room, October, and Tate Etc., and in numerous museum exhibition catalogues.