Fodor's Expert Review Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center
The famed Black Mountain College (1933–57), with its final location at Lake Eden about 16 miles east of Asheville (now the site of a camp for boys), was important in the development of several groundbreaking 20th-century art, dance, and literary movements. Some of the maverick spirits it attracted in its short lifetime were artists Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Josef and Anni Albers, and M. C. Richards; dancer Merce Cunningham; musician John Cage; filmmaker Arthur Penn; futurist Buckminster Fuller; and writers Kenneth Noland, Charles Olson, and Robert Creeley. A museum dedicated to the history of the radical college has moved to a new, larger space in downtown Asheville. The center puts on exhibits, hosts lectures, and publishes material about the college.