Press release from the Asheville Art Museum:
The Asheville Art Museum and MAP/REVOLVE present REVOLVE NOW at the Asheville Art Museum on Thursday, December 12, 5-8pm. The three-hour evening of sound, performance, and spoken word vignettes features performers stationed throughout the building and its grounds to animate the space and fill it with some of this region’s most genre-defying artists.
The event is organized by REVOLVE program director and Appalachia Now! artist Colby Caldwell and Asheville Art Museum Adult Programs Manager Kristi McMillan in conjunction with the Museum’s Appalachia Now! exhibition.
“We believe that Asheville’s cultural hubs should be sites of community collaboration and dialog,” says Caldwell. “REVOLVE NOW is part of this, bringing together some of the area’s most exciting creative voices to create charged juxtapositions within the Asheville Art Museum’s stunning new spaces. These performers are making work that erases fixed notions of what Appalachia looks and sounds like. A common goal, as I see it, is to put Deliverance in the cultural rearview mirror.”
Seventeen performance artists/groups include acoustic folk trio Mountain Bitters, composer Zach Cooper, poet Elaine Bleakney, and Appalachia Now! artists Ted Pope and DeWayne Barton. Perspective Café, the Museum’s rooftop eatery, will be open during the event and offer a custom cocktail inspired by the evening.
Entry is free for Museum Members or included with Museum admission.
Thanks to a generous donation from the MFA Program, School of Art + Design, David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Carolina University and matching donations from two anonymous community members, 100 free tickets will be available to those in need on a first-come, first-serve basis at REVOLVE in the RAMP Studios on Riverside Drive during their December 6 and December 7 events. More information can be found here.
“We’re very excited to host the first event of this kind in the new Museum,” says Executive Director Pamela Myers. “It will certainly be a unique way to experience our new space, special exhibitions, and the Collection.”