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Mountain Lake Symposium and Workshop

Art in Locale
Edited by Howard Risatti and Ray Kass


BUY Cloth · 324 pp. · 12 × 9 · ISBN 9780997838107 · $49.95 · Nov 2017

Contemporary art, interdisciplinary research, traditional Appalachian culture, and advanced technology converge in The Mountain Lake Symposium and Workshop: Artists in Locale. Published to coincide with the exhibition of the same name, the book showcases the collaborative creative works that emerged from the Mountain Lake Symposium, a decade-long theoretical art criticism conference founded by artist Ray Kass in 1980 and co-organized with art critic Donald B. Kuspit and Howard Risatti. The Mountain Lake Workshop integrated the arts and sciences into a dynamic experimental creative process that expanded the traditional boundaries of visual art. Artists who have created works at the Mountain Lake Workshop include John Cage, Merce Cunningham, James De La Vega, Howard Finster, Lynn Hull, Jesse Mann, Sally Mann, Jackie Matisse, Jiro Okura, M. C. Richards, Dorothea Rockburne, Wayne Thiebaud, Cy Twombly, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and many others.

This book’s essays and extensive photographs serve as a critical reflection of the Mountain Lake Symposium’s history and impact, and of the ongoing collaborative Mountain Lake Workshops that continue to demonstrate the relevance of the arts across various disciplines.

About the Author: 

Howard Risatti is Professor Emeritus of Contemporary Art and Critical Theory in the Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression. Ray Kass is Professor Emeritus in the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech, Founder and Director of the Mountain Lake Workshop, and a widely exhibited artist. His publications include The Sight of Silence: John Cage’s Complete Watercolors (Virginia).

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