READ: This weekend my dad and I hopped on our motorcycles and headed three-hundred miles east toward the mountains of North Carolina. Along the way, I was able to attend a hog roast at the gorgeous estate of Mike Cooper and grab brunch with Chloe Dolandis in the arty town of Blue Ridge, but the primary impetus for the trip was to make a pilgrimage to Asheville, the home of the Black Mountain College Museum.
Although it was only in operation for twenty-four years, the radical educational experiment that was BMC helped foster or cross-pollenate such aesthetic luminaries as Robert Rauschenberg (my chief visual art hero), John Cage, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Josef Albers, Merce Cunningham, Cy Twombly, Susan Weil, Franz Kline and Buckminster Fuller.
Sadly, we weren’t able to visit the campus this time around since the property is owned by Camp Rockmont and is now in session, but I’ll definitely be making another, more complete trip to this Mecca of art and learning when the Museum opens its brand new six-thousand square foot facility on September 28th.
WATCH: We stayed with the most delightful couple, Gordon and Victoria, at our AirBnb in Asheville. Sitting on their magical back deck, Victoria regaled us with all sorts of stories from her colorful life, but of particular interest to me were her detailed descriptions of her personal encounters with another major hero of mine, Alan Watts and his wife, Jane, back in the 1960s. It was wonderful to find out that he was the very same Alan behind the scenes as he was in public.
LISTEN: Here’s another solid dose of Watts’ wisdom set to some dope LoFi hip-hop beats from Los Angeles DJ, Akira the Don, that’ll get your head nodding and your mind right. “If you want life, don’t cling to it. Let go.”
Make this week magnificent!