You are happening

The {Re}Happening, a nightlong art riot at the former Black Mountain College campus, enters its third year on Saturday, April 7. Produced by the Black Mountain Museum + Arts Center and The Media Arts Project, {Re}Happening is more of a symposium than an art show. Artists working in video, dance, music, vocal performance, theater, painting, sculpture and variations of all of these forms gather on the banks of Lake Eden to both celebrate and continue the singular aesthetic breakthroughs of Black Mountain College, which closed in 1957 after 24 years. The {Re}Happening events are very much not closed, and have become a local rite of spring.

According to the event’s website, “{Re}HAPPENING is part art event, part fundraiser and at its root, a community instigator.” Last year’s event was a literal storm of art (and rain). A number of videos from the 2011 drenched but still-brilliant summit are available at

Another tradition that has developed in concert with the {Re}Happening is the {Pre}Happening, a foretaste of the April Lake Eden events that takes place in downtown Asheville. Much more than a preview, the {Pre}Happening joins BMCMAC and MAP with Easel Rider, the city of Asheville-sponsored “mobile art lab” (it’s like a paintbox on wheels).

On Saturday, March 17, visit the environs of 5 Walnut Wine Bar from 8 to 11 p.m. for an out-of-doors exhibition of many forms, including “video projection on architecture” by Gene Felice (this is not about architecture, but upon it. Last year, it was the BB&T building); a “performance, sound, multimedia projection” by Sara Baird, Julie Becton Gillum, Kima Moore and Lei Han; and a DJ performance by Chandra Shukla. Inside the Coop art gallery on Carolina Lane (right next to 5 Walnut), see a dance performance by Janice Lancaster. (See the full schedule at the end of this post.)

This event is not to be missed — especially if you happen to be downtown between 8 and 11 p.m., it probably cannot be missed. No matter your trajectory or destination, you’ll be a part of what’s happening.

Video projection on architecture by Gene Felice
Video projection on architecture and possible site specific screens, performance by Joel Horne
Performance, sound, multimedia projection by Sara Baird, Julie Becton Gillum, Kima Moore and Lei Han
Dance performance by Janice Lancaster inside the Coop gallery
Fog bombing and multimedia by Chad Adair
Sound and DJ work by Chandra Shukla
Performance by Claire Elizabeth Barratt
Storytelling and performance by Ted Pope


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