the project

  • Josef Albers at the chalkboard, Black Mountain College, ca. 1939 [bmc]
  • Student work in bent plywood, Black Mountain College, ca. 1945 [bmc]
  • Dance performance, Black Mountain College, ca. 1945 [gbc]
  • Eduardo Catalano Residence, Raleigh, NC : Eduardo Catalano, 1954 [tmh]
  • George Matsumoto Residence, Raleigh, NC : George Matsumoto, 1952 [tmh]
  • North Carolina Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC : Edward Durrell Stone, 1960 [tmh]

modernism in north carolina

North Carolina has a rich history in traditional folk art, mixing Native American and European art in the Western mountains, in the Piedmont region, and in maritime commercial areas down East. Traditions in pottery, quilting, wood working and textiles handed down through families represent similar practices to Bauhaus philosophies in the connection between head and hand, between design and craft, and truth in materials, especially in the craft schools of Western Carolina, among them Black Mountain College. In the east, Modernism in design received focus the faculty at the North Carolina State University School of Design where, at the mid-century, Dean Henry Kamphoefner brought together a faculty devoted to this forward-thinking design. Modernism itself, however, never experienced a deep embrace from the citizens of the Tar Heel state. Instead, isolated spots of creativity and Modern thought in design took place across North Carolina from the 1930’s through the 1950’s.

international modernism
modernism in the u.s.
modernism in north carolina
modernism in greensboro

modernism in greensboro
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