Black Mountain College Artist Jo Sandman Celebrated With Solo Exhibition And Catalog

After a life-changing summer studying at Black Mountain College (BMC), Boston-based artist Jo Sandman decided to dedicate her life to art. During that pivotal summer of 1951, she studied painting with Robert Motherwell and Ben Shahn, drawing with Joseph Fiore, photography with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, anthropology and French. It was this “galvanizing experience” at BMC that led Jo Sandman to follow the path of an artist. She developed and maintained a studio practice for over 60 years that explored painting, drawing, experimental sculpture, installation and photography. The exhibition Jo Sandman / TRACEScurated by Alice Sebrell, it celebrates the artist’s restless curiosity and his elaborate approach to images, materials and processes.

An opening reception for the artist will be held on June 3, 2022 and will include a gallery talk by Katherine French, curator of the Sandman Legacy Project, about the artist’s time at Black Mountain College and its lasting impact on her life and career. the catalogue Jo Sandman / TRACES, featuring a comprehensive essay by French and published by Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC), will be released that day. The exhibition will run until September 3, 2022.

On July 30, 2022, in conjunction with the exhibition, dancer and choreographer Polly Motley and pianist Yukiko Takagi will perform “The Glyph,” a playful work created by dancer Katherine Litz and composer Lou Harrison at Black Mountain College. The original performance at BMC was part of a Glyph Exchange with poet Charles Olson and painter Ben Shahn in the summer of 1951, when Jo Sandman was in attendance. This iteration of “The Glyph” was commissioned by ICA/Boston in 2015 and directed by Richard Colton.

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