Design, Education

The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College

“What links systems theorist and architect R. Buckminster Fuller with artistic innovators such as Josef Albers and John Cage? The answer is Black Mountain College, North Carolina. . . . As art historian Eva Díaz reveals in this engrossing study, their explorations in materials, form, chance, and indeterminacy were never less than electrifying. Her sympathetic portrait of Fuller as a utopian saving the world through geodesic geometry is particularly assured.” — Review from Nature magazine

In this new book released by the University of Chicago Press, Eva Díaz describes the discordant yet equally hermetic teaching methodologies of Josef Albers, John Cage, and R. Buckminster Fuller that were developed during the years immediately following World War II at Black Mountain College.

An excerpt from the new book can be found here.

For images and further details, read this review from the Architect’s Newspaper.