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Mills Train

  • Mills College Art Museum 5000 MacArthur Boulevard Oakland, CA, 94613 United States (map)

Root Connection: 20 Years of The Patti Smith Collection, now on view at Mills College Art Museum (MCAM), demonstrates Patti Smith’s experimentation across expressive modes including music, poetry, drawing, and photography. According to a 2015 Vanity Fair interview, the title of Smith’s most recent book, M Train, refers to a “mind train” that gets off at any station it wants. Inspired by Smith’s fluid artistry and informed by the creative osmosis that defined her experience at the Chelsea Hotel in the 1970s, Mills Train celebrates the diverse artistic activity here at Mills. 

In collaboration with MCAM, Mills College’s Book Art, English, Music, and Dance departments, Slide Space 123 Gallery, and the F. W. Olin Library, Mills Train features musical printing presses, a Walking Magazine, intimate sound installation among rare books, experimental performance, and avant-garde poetry reading.

*Refreshments will be provided.


RITUAL/CONNECTION | Book Art Studio, CPM 118
Twelve years after the historic concert by then resident artist Helen Mirra, together with Fred Frith on the old Book Art printing press (Kwangsi-Quail is available on LP), Frith returns to the Book Art building presses with one of a series of time scores in which all actions and sounds of the performers are open except when to start and when to stop. 

Directed by Fred Frith. Featuring Camille Emaille (percussion), Honor Lacin (violin), Joel Nelson (guitar), Bergrún Snaebjörnsdóttir (horn), Nate Wheeler (electronics), 

Printing Presses Operated by Sofia Bell, Sarah Denis, Manar Harb, Brooke Hardy, Heather Peters, Jacklyn Snodgrass, Emma Studebaker

BABEL: A WALKING MAGAZINE | Book Art Studio » F. W. Olin Library »Art Museum
Poetry students and faculty perform original and treasured texts in a procession from the Book Art studios to the Mills College Art Museum. Organized by avant-garde artists Carles Hac Mor and Ester Xargay, the Revista Caminada or Walking Magazine became a favorite in the streets of Barcelona in the nineties. 

A handful of the creative talents behind the creation of 95 Rituals come together to continue experimentation in new constellations.

Programmed by Shinichi Iova-Koga. Featuring Chris Brown (musician), Mari Osanai (dancer and Noguchi Taiso teacher), Dana Iova-Koga (dancer), Suki O'Kane (musician), Steve Adams (musician), Tim Kim (musician) and Dan Gottwald and the Analogous Ensemble. 

Book Release Party for 95 Rituals, Shinichi Iova-Koga and Dancers' Group (ed.)
95 Rituals documents the eponymous performance directed by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 2015 honoring dance pioneer Anna Halprin, performed by physical theater company inkBoat and invited guests, and presented by Dancers’ Group. 

POETRY READING | Slide Space 123 Gallery
Curated by Carlota Caulfield. Featuring Claudia Gallo, Hugo Garcia Manriquez, Stephen Ratcliff, Juliana Spahr, Stephanie Young,

6:00-9:00PM (ON-GOING)
ALVIN LUCIER: CHAMBERS | Heller Rare Book Room, F. W. Olin Library
In this installation version of Chambers, recordings capturing the acoustic qualities of different environments are played back inside objects, where the natural resonance of one space shapes the other.

Directed by James Fei. Featuring embers of Sound Art Dylan Burchett, Alex Cohen, Nathan Corder, Laura Elizarraras, Isaac Hayes, Greg Kappes, Macie Lopez, Dani Luck, Sophia Shen, Jasmine Stallworth, Lucca Troutman
Josie Weight, Chamberlain Zhang

FLEXAGON-MAKING | Book Art Club, CPM 106

Later Event: November 3