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This course will focus on several 20th century venues in which interaction between the arts was paramount. These include Black Mountain College in North Carolina, founded by refugees from the German Bauhaus in the 1930s and lasting into the Fifties; the San Francisco poetry renaissance of the late Forties, and the launch there of the Beat generation in the Fifties; and the inter-arts milieu of the lower East Side in New York in the Sixties. The visual arts will extend from Abstract Expressionism (Pollock, Newman, Rothko) to the Rat Bastard Protective Association in San Francisco (Bruce Conner) and the advent of the land art movement in the Sixties (Smithson, Turrell). Music will range from John Cage to bebop jazz. In literature, authors will include Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, Jackson MacLow, Ed Sanders, David Antin and others.