Jack Lenor Larsen: Textile Artist (08:34)
Conventions are wastes of time. Larsen's work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art, Leverhouse, and in exhibitions across the world. Experts discuss the impact and influence of Larsen textiles; handspun wool is more interesting than machine creations.
Establishing Black Mountain College (05:05)
Larsen describes the impact of Aileen Osborn Webb on his career. Asilomar includes such notable artists as Toshiko Takaezu, Lenore Tawney, and Wharton Esherick. Helen Molesworth explains how Philip Johnson encouraged John Rice to collaborate with Josef Albers.
Black Mountain College Final Years (06:07)
Molesworth describes how Ruth Asawa learned that there was no separation between arts and life from Black Mountain College. The school teaches students to think critically and wants to produce citizens; instructors include Albers, Karen Karnes, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Willem de Kooning, and David Weinrib. Women are not paid but contribute to the college's well being
Kay Sekimachi: Fiber Artist (06:04)
Sekimachi discusses her background and purchasing her first loom. Molesworth describes how Black Mountain College influenced Trude Guermonprez' career. Sekimachi is recognized as a pioneer of fiber and weaving in artistic expression; she and Bob Stocksdale collaborate on "Marriage in Form" bowls.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (04:26)
Sekimachi discusses working as Larsen's assistant at the school and living at Tanforan Assembly Center during World War II. Other instructors include Anni Albers, Takaezu, and Dale Chihuly.
Fresno Art Museum (06:45)
Michele Ellis Pracy describes why she wanted to host a retrospective exhibition. Sekimachi incorporates her "Paper Dolls" which she created as a child. Merrill is interested in sharing his art in museums; his collection includes works by Vivika and Otto Heino, Guermonprez, Marguerite Wildenhaim, and Laura Andreson.
Felicia Rice: Book Artist (09:56)
"Documentado Undocumented" is a book structure that includes sound, images, curiosities, and spoken word. Rice explores how a book can be performance art; influences include Guillermo Gomez-Pena, William Everson, and Jack Staffacher. She works on computers, laser printers, plate-makers, and a letterpress.
LongHouse Reserve (07:03)
The home's mission is to exemplify a creative approach to contemporary life and is open to the public half of the year. Larsen experiments with different types of gardens. Works by Mariyo Yogi, Kiki Smith, de Kooning, Takaezu, and Roy Lichtenstein create the landscape.
Credits: Visionaries (00:60)
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