Anderson Collection hosts Nick Cave exhibition

When the exhibition Nick Cave opens at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, visitors will encounter the intersection of visual art and performance in a collection of Cave’s Soundsuits, videos and a documentary film. The exhibition opens Sept. 14 and runs through Aug. 14, 2017. The Anderson Collection is located at 314 Lomita Drive on…

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High school students plunge into history, philosophy, art and science

Each summer, high school students fill the halls of the Stanford Humanities Center to grapple with questions that have dogged humankind for millennia: whether ideas create social change, or if the collective good trumps individual rights, for example. Such fundamental questions animate the Summer Humanities Institute, which welcomed 135 students this summer – up from…

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Five things about Season Five at Stanford Live

CHRIS LORWAY was recently appointed executive director of Stanford Live and the Bing Concert Hall. Stanford Live will be celebrating its fifth anniversary. So there are five things he wants readers to know about the upcoming season: First, Stanford Live is celebrating five birthdays—those of American composers John Adams, Philip Glass and Steve Reich and…

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Forum explores art, culture at the Stanford Center at Peking University

In early July, the Center for East Asian Studies explored contemporary arts development in China in a major event at the Stanford Center at Peking University. The China Arts Forum featured two visual artists, one performing artist, and one art market executive, all of whom were women. JINDONG CAI, associate professor in the Center for…

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Stanford students replicate museum objects from the Cantor Arts Center

What is the most important aspect of a replica? Physical attributes or capturing the maker’s intent? Stanford students from two spring courses explored this question with the help of the Cantor Arts Center’s Art + Science Learning Lab. Kristen Haring’s history students and Hideo Mabuchi’s applied physics students 3-D printed and hand-built from clay two…

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Finalists announced for Stanford’s 2016 Art of Neuroscience competition

Eleven images representing a broad cross section of neuroscience research have been chosen as finalists in the Stanford Neuroscience Institute’s Art of Neuroscience competition. Submitted by students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars and other scientists, the images range from the intricately detailed, such as a spider-like neurons or arrays of cells that send visual signals to the…

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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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Student Arts Grants: A Year in Photos

From calypso to classical opera, from adaptations of classic texts to original, student-written theater, this year’s Student Arts Grants supported creative diversity across Stanford campus. This year’s grantees included the recipients of the inaugural Creative Spaces grants which provide support specifically for the costs associated with performing in some of Stanford’s most popular venues (such as the Bing Studio…

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Stanford Arts Institute fellows examine the role of art in cities

Beijing, Mexico City and Mumbai are cities whose recent histories have notably been reconsidered, and are being rebuilt with art as a central lens. According to two new Stanford Arts Institute (SAI) fellows, Detroit and New Orleans belong on that list of cities as well. The scholars will be researching the role that arts are…

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A stroll through the Bowes Art & Architecture Library in the McMurtry Building

Light pours into the Bowes Art & Architecture Library from its floor-to-ceiling windows and its oculus, which opens to the sky above and to the courtyard below. Throughout the day, sun slipping through the oculus casts ever-changing shadows across the slate carpet. It’s a daily light show that delights Rachel Grace Newman, who recently earned…

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Stanford’s Poetry Out Loud competition showcased a diversity of forms and delivery

Stanford’s fifth annual Poetry Out Loud competition showcased poetry’s incredible diversity of forms in spoken delivery. Last month, 10 student performers took center stage at the Stanford Humanities Center to demonstrate how poetry voices feelings and experiences both marginalized and central to the heart of human life. The participants included graduate and undergraduate students from…

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Stanford Students win Creative Program Writing prizes

There is nothing quite like finding your voice as a writer. And getting noticed along the way can help, too. That’s what happened May 26 at the Creative Writing Program’s 2016 Undergraduate Prize Reading, where 14 student winners read from their works in front of faculty, friends and family. In addition to long-standing prizes in…

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Chris Lorway named executive director of Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall

CHRIS LORWAY was named the new executive director of Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall. According to an announcement on Monday by Stanford and the Stanford Live Advisory Council, Lorway will assume the position in late summer, as the fifth season of Stanford Live begins. Lorway was the founding artistic director of Toronto’s internationally recognized…

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New Stanford dance performances highlight different views toward ‘space’

With a nod toward the artistry of “space,” the dance performance Spatial Shift will take place May 26-27 in Memorial Auditorium on the Stanford campus. The final event in the Department of Theater & Performance Studies’ 2015-16 performance season, Spatial Shift is a series of new dance works by Stanford faculty members Diane Frank, Aleta Hayes,…

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Stanford launches its first free online course in classical music appreciation

A new, free Stanford Online class that explores the early evolution of the string quartet and features classical music and commentary is now open for enrollment. Designed to be of interest both to musicians and those with no prior knowledge of the form, Defining the String Quartet: Haydn explores the origins of the string quartet…

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Stanford music scholar explains Beethoven’s rise as a cultural icon in China

In Beijing in 1970, Jindong Cai crouched next to a phonograph. He and a friend had shuttered the house’s windows and were keeping their voices low. They could get into serious trouble for listening to the subversive album they were about to play. The rebellious music: Beethoven. The German’s music was banned in China during…

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