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Virtual Cocktails & Conversation: Making Connections: The Dreier Collection and Black Mountain College

March 30, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Speaker lydia see, director of Engaging Collections

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – Virtual Cocktails & Conversation: lydia see

6:00pm via Zoom


Making Connections: The Dreier Collection and Black Mountain College

The exhibitions A Lasting Imprint at the KMA and Connecting Legacies at the Asheville Art Museum both feature archival items from the Theodore Dreier Sr. Document Collection presented alongside artworks from the AAM’s Black Mountain College Collection to explore the connections between artworks and ephemera. This talk with lydia see, artist, educator, and curator of Connecting Legacies, will touch on the breadth of the Black Mountain College archival material in the exhibition A Lasting Imprint. She will also share information about how the Dreier Collection was processed and the importance of using archives and special collections to create culturally responsive narratives.

Here is the link to the AAM exhibition page

Please register in advance for the Zoom by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrf-GrpjgpEtItzhRuGB1toXOYFwFPUpK3

Robert Rauschenberg (Port Arthur, Texas 1925-2008 Captiva, Florida)
John from the Ruminations series, 1999
Intaglio in two colors with photogravure on Lana Gravure paper; edition 40/46
Publisher: Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Black Mountain College Collection, 2015 Collectors’ Circle purchase


Featured Cocktail Recipe:

Our speaker was inspired by the KMA’s Lasting Imprint exhibition to create the Rauschenberg’s Ginger Rumination.
The meeting between Willem DeKooning and Robert Rauschenberg, which resulted in Rauschenberg’s now infamous “Erased DeKooning, began with a bottle of Jack Daniels. Rauschenberg told and re-told this story many times in his career, and like a memory re-remembered, his recollections each differ a tiny bit, while the essence remains the same.

Such is the case with his Ruminations seriesHere, Rauschenberg re-mixes and remembers people, places, and stories from his past, and presents them as layered, painterly prints which each are their own tiny archive. John from the Ruminations series, 1999, references Rauschenberg’s time as a student at Black Mountain College, where in summer 1952 he and composer John Cage formed a close friendship that would last their entire lives. The two portraits of Cage that appear in John were taken at BMC, likely by Rauschenberg.

Rauschenberg’s Ginger Rumination is meant to feel familiar:  it’s got the spirit of a Jack and ginger, with some added nuanced flavors, and a little bit of a punch.


Rauschenberg’s Ginger Rumination


1.5 oz Jack Daniels

0.5 oz. Cocchi Americano (similar to Lillet Blanc or a dry white vermouth)

Juice of ¼ or ½ lime, to taste

2-3 dashes of bitters (we like Angostura grapefruit)

Dash of Q Ginger beer to taste (we prefer this brand because it’s not too sweet and has a spicy kick at the end)

Candied ginger for garnish

  1. Combine whiskey, Cocchi Americano, and lime juice
  2. Pour over full shaker of ice – shake
  3. Pour into high-ball glass
  4. Add 2-3 dashes of bitters
  5. Dash of Q Ginger beer to taste
  6. Lightly stir with a spoon
  7. Garnish with candied ginger


This recipe is intended for those of legal drinking age 21 and up, please drink responsibly.

Image credit: https://www.hy-vee.com/recipes-ideas/recipes/jack-and-ginger