How Backwoods North Carolina Became the Frontier of the Avant-Garde

What do Robert De Niro's dad, Cy Twombly, and Robert Rauschenberg have in common? If you answered "Black Mountain College," you'd be correct. They and many other artistic greats of the mid-20th century attended or taught at the progressive institution created by four educators who were dismissed from Rollins College for their unconventional teachings and …

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