Art & Art History

Take an art break at the Stanford museums

There are things to see and hear, inside and outside, at the Stanford art museums during the holiday season.  While the rest of the campus is closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 7, the Anderson Collection and the Cantor Arts Center welcome visitors to enjoy both wide-ranging temporary exhibitions and the museums’ stellar permanent collections.…

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Science meets art at Stanford

Science and art are often regarded as distinct – either a person can’t be serious about both or an interest in one must relate somehow to work in the other. In reality, many scientists participate in and produce art at all levels and in every medium. Here are just a few of these people –…

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Stanford community participates in intuitive/rational creative exercise

The intersection of science, music, art and improvisation has long fascinated experimental artist Pamela Davis Kivelson. Her latest foray into the busy intersection – Drawing with Gravitational Waves – reaches out of this world. Video by Kurt Hickman Artist Pamela Davis Kivelson created a participatory performance piece with violinist and scientist Lucy Liuxuan Zhang and creative coder…

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At Stanford in Washington, arts are inside and outside the classroom

Questions about the role of the press and social media, history and memory, ideological past and future are all rich subjects to explore in a classroom in the nation’s capital. They are also the questions that artist Xiaoze Xie, the Paul L. and Phyllis Wattis Professor of Art at Stanford, poses in his public exhibition Confrontation and…

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New exhibition at Hoover Institution and Cantor Arts Center marks centenary of 1917 Russian Revolution

Drafts of the last Russian czar’s abdication letter, painted portraits of Russian rulers from the 18th and 19th centuries, photographs of massive street demonstrations in Petrograd and Moscow in 1917, and early Soviet-era propaganda posters – these are just some of the artifacts on display at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and the Cantor Arts Center as part…

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What happened when Shelley Correll interviewed Samantha Bee

There was a full house in Memorial Auditorium when sociologist SHELLEY CORRELL interviewed America’s “first lady of late night,” SAMANTHA BEE. The Nov. 10 event, part of STANFORD LIVE’s 2017-18 season, was also a celebratory nod to Canada’s 150th anniversary. Bee, a Canadian who recently became an American citizen, offered her perspective on American politics and culture under the questioning of…

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Stanford’s innovative program advancing the arts of the American West returns

Encouraged by standing-room-only attendance at last year’s ArtsWest public programs, the Bill Lane Center for the American West is continuing its series that celebrates and explores the rich cultural legacy of the region. This hand-colored portrait shows an actress in traditional Chinese theater costume. (Image credit: May’s Photo Studio, Stanford Department of Special Collections and University…

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Groundbreaking approaches to photography by Latin American and Latino artists at the Cantor

The Matter of Photography in the Americashighlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and a means of communication. Working in the wake of digital photography and the explosion of images this new technology…

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20.8% of the 2017 MacArthur Fellows were Stanford guest artists within the last year

Stanford congratulates the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winners who recently spent time on campus engaging with students, faculty and the public. Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY, whose work tells elaborate and delicate stories of her life, was in conversation with Jodi Roberts, the Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and…

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Fall quarter guest artists

One of the ways that Stanford is creating opportunities for meaningful engagement with the arts for students and the university community is by inviting over 100 artists each year to campus to create, perform and discuss their work. This fall quarter the roster of guest artists includes comedian and political commentator Samantha Bee in conversation…

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Stanford in New York students are welcomed in a creative way

Located on the 18th floor in the Flatiron District, with wraparound windows providing spectacular views of the city, the Stanford in New York Center still needed something to kick off the fall quarter. “The center’s walls were crying out for artwork,” said Rosina S. Miller, founding director of Stanford in New York. Artist Elliot Luscombe, ’09, discusses…

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Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center offers a fresh look at Rodin – the modern man

If ingenuity is the lifeblood of Silicon Valley, then it’s entirely fitting that French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is so closely associated with the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, which is marking the centenary of Rodin’s death with a new presentation of his sculptures. Rodin: The Shock of the Modern Body spans three galleries and features nearly 100 Rodin sculptures…

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Stanford Honors in the Arts capstone program evolves with a new Mellon grant

Stanford University has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to support the development of a new undergraduate, interdisciplinary program in the arts to be administered by Stanford Arts Institute. Honors in the Arts students present Bacchae, an immersive theatrical experience utilizing locations across the Stanford campus. (Image credit: Kristen Stipanov) The $400,000 grant provides support for…

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Stanford celebrates the lasting impression of artist and educator Pedro de Lemos

Pedro Joseph de Lemos (1882-1954) was a visionary and guardian of art at Stanford. As the first director and curator of the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery (now the Stanford Art Gallery), de Lemos transformed the exhibition space into one of the most important artistic venues in California. He also served as director of the Stanford University Museum…

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Solo exhibition by celebrated artist Nina Katchadourian at the Cantor

The playful and perceptive work of Brooklyn- and Berlin-based artist Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968), is coming to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University this fall. Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser, a mid-career survey, will explore several major bodies of work in a variety of media including video, photography, sculpture, sound installations, and a live performance. Organized by the…

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Behind-the-scenes look at Rodin reinstallation

The average exhibition takes one to two years of planning before opening to the public and the Cantor Art Center’s new envisioning of its Rodin collection is no exception. From fabrication to painting to lighting, it truly takes a well-organized team to pull off an exhibition of this magnitude. This video shares an inside look…

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