Hazel Larsen Archer, Katherine Litz in Dining Hall, ca. 1952-53 (detail), Gelatin silver print. Estate of Hazel Larsen Archer and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.
Commissioned by the ICA, and directed by Richard Colton, dancer and choreographer Polly Motley performs The Glyph, a whimsical work choreographed by dancer and teacher Katherine Litz at Black Mountain College in 1951. Like Cunningham, Litz pursued movement based on the logic of the body in space rather than an allegory of inner emotions. Pianist Yukiko Takagi performs Lou Harrison’s accompanying score.
A defining feature of the education and experience at Black Mountain College was the integration of all art forms—music, dance, film, theater, and visual arts—with the liberal arts. Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957 includes a grand piano and a 20 x 20 foot sprung dance floor within the galleries so that dance and music performances may take place alongside paintings and sculptures in a nod to the college’s radical interdisciplinarity. Performances will be presented throughout; see icaboston.org/bmc for details.