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Virtual Cocktails & Conversation: Tracing the Albers’ Influence at Black Mountain College

March 18, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Thursday, March 18, 2021 – Virtual Cocktails & Conversation – Hilary Schroeder

Speaker Hilary Schroeder, Assistant Curator Asheville Art Museum

6:00pm via Zoom


Tracing the Albers’ Influence at Black Mountain College

Hilary Schroeder, Assistant Curator at the Asheville Art Museum, will lead an engaging conversation tracing the influence of Josef and Anni Albers as seen in A Lasting Imprint: Rendering Rhythm and Motion in the Art of Black Mountain College.  This exciting exhibition comes to the Knoxville Museum of Art from the Asheville Art Museum and is on display through May 2. Black Mountain College was an experimental liberal arts college nestled in the “front porch of the Blue Ridge Mountains” from 1933 to 1957 and had tremendous impact on the development of modern art in the United States.

Please register in advance for the Zoom by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlcOysqTouEtMGDsGRCO9Vnl8NC7xbkyBV

Josef Albers (Bottrop, Germany 1888-1976 New Haven, Connecticut) Formulation: Articulation Folio I, Folder 14, 1972 Screenprint on paper; edition 369/1000 Co-publishers: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York and Ives-Sillman Inc., New Haven Black Mountain College Collection, gift of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation 


Featured Cocktail Recipe:

The Albers Layered Formulation draws inspiration from Josef and Anni Albers’ use of layered color to create the illusion of depth in their art work. The Albers came from the esteemed Bauhaus art and design school in Germany to teach at Black Mountain College in 1933. Josef Albers was fascinated by the nature of visual perception. In Formulation: Articulation Folio I, Folder 4, 1972, he uses the layering effects of screen-printing to create interlocking color shapes that manipulate perspective and raises the question, what is foreground and what is background? Anni Albers also worked in screen-printing and intricate geometric patterns of color and shape, harkening back to her experience as a master weaver.

If you’ve never tried layering your own cocktail before, take a note from Anni Albers’ theory on trying new things. She believed that practicing a new craft would shake free old mental habits that hinder creativity and increase self-reliance to trust your own experience rather than relying on others for instruction.


Albers Layered Formulation Recipe


½ ounce coffee liqueur (suggested Kahlua)

½ ounce Irish Cream liqueur (suggested Baileys or substitute amaretto)

½ ounce orange liqueur (suggested Grand Marnier)

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Pour the coffee liqueur into a shot glass.
  3. Float the Irish cream liqueur on top by pouring it slowly over the back of a spoon to prevent splashing and mixing.
  4. Float the Grand Marnier on top of the second layer using the spoon to break the flow.
  5. Creates eye pleasing layers.

You might have to practice a few times with a steady hand to get the layers to stack right. The heavier liquids will sink to the bottom, so you might have to experiment a little if you use a different brand than suggested.


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

Image credit: https://www.liquor.com/recipes/b-52/