When: Sept. 25-Dec. 8 2013
The cultural atmosphere at Mills College is thick with the provocation to test intellectual limits. Not surprisingly, many of its faculty and students have been pushing boundaries in the artistically avant-garde over the decades. A new exhibit at the Mills College Art Museum (5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland), Experiments in the Fault Zone, tracks this impressive history of artistic innovation since the 1930s: It intimately showcases rare collaborations between influential artists, such as celebrated composer John Cage and visionary choreographer Marian Van Tuyl, before their influence was fully realized. Some of the most intriguing of these partnerships took place in the 1960s at the Mills Tape Music Center, which was on the forefront of experimentation in electronic music. Listening stations allow attendees to hear playful splices of absurd recordings while photographs and concert posters reconstruct the exciting spirit of originality and cross-departmental efforts. In addition are potent peeks into advances in performance and visual art that are worth remembering.