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Dada Day to stretch art’s boundaries

By Bethany Peterson/nw news editor

Students and faculty can celebrate and explore the various forms of arts and all that could be art at the NW Campus Dada Day March 31.

The day includes performance art as well as object art. Performances will be from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 31 in the Lakeview Gallery and Recital Hall (WFAB 1105). Object art will be in the Lakeview Gallery a few days in advance and all day March 31.

“At certain times in history, people start to question their boundaries and make new ones,” said Frederick Spaulding, NW associate professor of art and Dada Day coordinator.

After World War I was one of those times, Spaulding said. People were struggling to find a way to restructure a world that had been harshly blown apart.

Artists of all kinds — dancers, actors, sculptors, painters, etc. — started pushing the accepted boundaries of their fields, experimenting with new techniques and mediums.

Over the years, the Dada movement shifted to focus on exploring all the things that could be considered or included in art, Spaulding said, because every person sees art a little differently.

What was at that time far out in left field is now part of mainstream art.

But artists keep reaching farther and farther into unexplored or imagined areas, Spaulding said.

“It’s a day of anything goes in the art gallery,” he said.

Students are encouraged to attend to broaden their opinion of the arts or to advocate their own form of art, Spaulding said.

Any TCC student interested in performing or exhibiting a piece should e-mail frederick.spaulding@tccd.edu.

There is no deadline for entering the program.

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