Stanford arts leadership capitalizes on Arts Initiative momentum

When Harry J. Elam Jr. began his career at Stanford 26 years ago in the Department of Drama, as it was known then, the Dance Division had not yet joined the department, Roble Gymnasium was still an athletics facility and the arts district was years away from conception. His office in Memorial Auditorium was literally…

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Harry Elam appointed vice president for the arts and senior vice provost for education

Harry Elam, vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford since 2010, has been appointed to two additional key leadership roles in the Office of the President and Provost. He will now oversee the non-departmental arts programs as well as direct and coordinate critical efforts in education, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost-designate Persis Drell announced Monday.…

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Reimagining an African gallery

Museums foster conversations between the work on display and its audience. To keep the conversation going, museums must change over time. Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center advanced the artistic conversation this spring when 12 undergraduates reimagined part of its African galleries in a class taught by Catherine Hale, the Phyllis Wattis Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas from 2014…

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Yellow is the new orange

 stanfordarts. Jennie Yang, ’19, has long loved science and art. She explains in a post for Cross-Sections, @CantorArts’s art-conservation blog, “I would take all sorts of math-y science-y classes in high school, but I’d be painting and playing the viola at the same time.” Now she’s a student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, and…

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Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center reveals re-envisioned galleries

Plan to visit the Cantor Arts Center as often as possible this fall because you are likely to see new works of art each time you return. The Cantor is in the midst of a major re-envisioning project that involves the museum’s permanent collection on the second floor. The project will culminate in the opening…

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Living, learning together while immersed in art at Stanford

After a year of living and learning together, students in ITALIC (Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture) inhabit the Cantor Arts Center for an afternoon of critical expression. Their capstone project encouraged students to search for an inspiring piece of art or physical environment and then respond in an analytical and aesthetically expressive manner.…

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Contemporary Perspectives on the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Stanford senior Sarah Sadlier’s interest in Professor Scott Sagan’s Sophomore College summer seminar on the Battle of Little Bighorn in 2013 was personal. Sadlier, a Minneconjou Lakota Sioux, knew she had ancestors at the Little Bighorn. When plans for the Cantor exhibition Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn grew out of…

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Warrior’s view of the Battle of the Little Bighorn on display at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center

A rare exhibition of 12 drawings by acclaimed artist Red Horse, a Sioux warrior who fought against George Armstrong Custer and the U.S. Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, is on display at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center through May 9. Exhibition of 12 drawings by Red Horse, a Minneconjou Lakota Sioux…

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Cantor Arts Center spotlights Richard Diebenkorn’s sketchbooks

For the very first time, the complete sketchbooks of the great American artist Richard Diebenkorn are available to view. The Cantor Arts Center recently launched a new website that gives access to the museum’s collection of 29 sketchbooks by Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993), a renowned artist celebrated as both a central figure in the Bay Area…

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Happy 2016!

With the opening of the McMurtry Building, the new home for the Department of Art & Art History, we reached a milestone in the university’s ongoing commitment to building programs, curricula, and resources in the arts. The new building provides an architecturally exciting and inspiring home for the department, allowing it to expand its programmatic…

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Cantor Arts Center digitizes collection for online database

Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center has completed a 6-year project to make its collection accessible online. Students, faculty, scholars and the general public can now visit the museum’s website, type in a title, artist, theme or other search criteria, and see high-quality digital images of the majority of the 45,000-plus objects in the collection. Partial inventories…

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Welcome back!

The big news this year is the opening of the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History! This incredible new home for all the department’s programs marks the third new facility in our arts district following Bing Concert Hall (2013) and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University (2014). The first exhibition in…

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Stanford conservators work to preserve Rodin Sculpture Garden

With dust, UV light radiation and acid rain to contend with, it’s difficult to keep outdoor works of art in their original, intended condition. To help fend off corrosion, the Rodin Sculpture Garden, next to the Cantor Arts Center, is in the middle of its annual conservation work. Conservators first wash the sculptures, then apply…

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Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center acquires an early Edward Hopper painting

The Cantor Arts Center has announced the major new acquisition of a painting by Edward Hopper, New York Corner (Corner Saloon), 1913. One of Hopper’s early paintings, the oil on canvas was created when Hopper was just 31 and still struggling to establish himself, but it heralds the artist’s influential career and prominence as one…

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Five-year digitization and inventory project at Cantor nears the finish line

It has been picture day at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center five days a week for five years. Thousands of objects have posed for the camera in order to be included in an online database. The massive digitization and inventory project serves multiple purposes: access for students, faculty and other scholars; a clear assessment of what…

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Cantor wins prestigious media and technology award

Stanford, Calif., May 8, 2015 — The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University earned a 2015 Gold Muse Award from the American Alliance of Museums’ Media and Technology Professional Network. The Cantor won the Honeysett and Din Award for TandemArt, a software application created by recent Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) students Renee Bruner…

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