Nebulate: an installation by students of Stanford’s Architectural Design Program

Installed in front of the Anderson Collection, Nebulate‘s structure is comprised of plastic bubbles of varying sizes, assembled to form a translucent, cloud-like mass. Architectural Design Program students explored how surface deformation, through dimpling and curvature, increased the strength of the panel. The final form embodies a viral mass upon its environment as it ebbs and…

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Stanford senior and university VR club co-founder creates pioneering augmented reality film with fellow undergraduate

Max Korman believes that new augmented reality platforms represent a paradigm shift in how people will tell stories and create art in the future.

Stanford undergraduates Max Korman, ’18, and Khoi Le, ’20, launched what may be the world’s first augmented reality narrative film. And they did it using their mobile phones. Snowbird is a 3D-animated short movie about porcelain creatures that come to life in a snow globe. (Image credit: Courtesy of Max Korman) Augmented reality (AR) is a…

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2018 Stanford Global Studies photo contest

Undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the Stanford Global Studies programs and centers pulled out their cameras and phones to document moments in their lives at home and abroad. Winning photographs from the 2018 Stanford Global Studies Student Photo Contest were shot in six countries from very different vantage points: on top of Highlands Bowl…

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Stanford Concert Network staff on organizing the Frost Music & Arts Festival

Student organizers talk about what it takes to pull off the biggest show on campus, scheduled for May 19 at Stanford Stadium and headlined by English indie rock band Glass Animals.

Spring quarter is half past, which means it’s almost time for the seventh annual Frost Music & Arts Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 19. The festival, which will include performances by Ravyn Lenae, Monte Booker and headliner Glass Animals, will be held at Stanford Stadium due to renovations at Frost Amphitheater. More than a concert,…

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Ram’s Head presents ‘Chicago’

Set in the mid-1920s, Broadway favorite Chicago follows the story of budding star Roxie Hart and veteran performer Velma Kelly as they vie for the spotlight in search of the American Dream: fame, fortune and acquittal from their death row convictions. According to Gabe Wieder, director and co-choreographer of the Ram’s Head production of the musical, “Chicago’s…

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Stanford student’s investigation reveals images in Diebenkorn painting

Richard Diebenkorn's 'Window' is the centerpiece of a new interactive exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center. The exhibit reveals hidden images beneath the painting found by Stanford student Katherine Van Kirk.

Stanford student Katherine Van Kirk, ’19, has paired modern technology with old-fashioned detective work to reveal images hidden beneath the surface of artist Richard Diebenkorn’s painting Window (1967). Van Kirk discovered multiple compositions hidden below Window’s surface that date to the mid-1950s and ‘60s, when Diebenkorn was a leader of the Bay Area Figurative movement. These earlier compositions…

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Stanford invites distinguished roster of architects to talk about volume

The longstanding community outreach program celebrates design on and off campus.

For over 25 years, the Stanford community has gathered to hear about the latest innovations in architecture and landscape design at the annual Architecture + Landscape Spring Lecture Series. This event pavilion is part of the David and Joan Traitel Building, designed for the Hoover Institution by Douglas C. Johnston and Erik Tellander of William…

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Three Stanford scholars awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Lukas Felzmann, Rob Jackson and Thomas Mullaney received 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships in recognition of their prior work and future potential exploring the world through art, science and history.

Three Stanford University scholars have been awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships. This prestigious honor recognizes mid-career scholars, artists and scientists who have demonstrated a previous capacity for outstanding work and continue to show exceptional promise. This year’s fellows from Stanford are Lukas Felzmann, Rob Jackson and Thomas Mullaney. Lukas Felzmann(Image credit: Lukas Felzmann) Lukas Felzmann has been…

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Louis Menand unmasks the rock god in his cultural history of rock’n’roll

The Pulitzer Prize winner investigates rock’s origins at the 2018 Stanford Humanities Center’s Camp Memorial Lecture.

Who invented rock’n’roll? It’s not who you think. At the Stanford Humanities Center’s 2018 Harry Camp Memorial Lecture, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and cultural critic Louis Menand exposed rock’n’roll’s origin myths, shedding light on the power of media to shape cultural myths today. In his lecture, titled “Conditions for the Possibility of Rock’n’Roll: An Exercise in Cultural History,” Menand…

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Mixed-media mosaics of the human body, inspired by Frankenstein

Eight-foot-tall mosaic monsters lay on top of the complete text of Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel about the unintended consequences of heedless scientific ambition.

Third-year medical student Nick Love, PhD, combined his passion for art, literature and medicine in creating an art exhibit at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge that commemorates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. While the fictional Dr. Frankenstein stitched his monster together from cadaver parts, Love built his monsters with plastic,…

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Stanford’s spring quarter guest artists

Guest artists are all over campus this spring. Indie rock band Glass Animals play Stanford Stadium; the open-air literary celebration Stories of Exile, Reckoning and Hope takes place on the main stage in White Plaza; Mina Morita directs Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan in Roble Studio Theater; and Stanford Live’s popular Cabaret series continues in Bing’s cozy…

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Stanford senior turned novelist talks about her book, “Frat Girl”

Menlo Park’s Kepler’s Books and Magazines recently helped senior KILEY ROACHE launch her new novel, Frat Girl. Here is how the website Goodreads describes the book: “For Cassandra Davis, the F-word is fraternity – specifically, Delta Tau Chi, a house on probation and on the verge of being banned from campus. Accused of offensive, sexist behavior, they have one year to clean…

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Stanford students play leading role in first U.S. performances of Elfman’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra”

In anticipation of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: Eleven Eleven, students had the rare opportunity to work closely with its prominent composer, Danny Elfman.

“Great concentration, great job and great work,” composer Danny Elfman said, complimenting Stanford student musicians after a run-through of his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: Eleven Eleven. Caption: Members of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra were the first musicians in the United States to play Elfman’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. In anticipation of Stanford Symphony Orchestra’s March…

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ArtsWest symposium calls for greater representation of women in the arts

Women artists are dramatically underrepresented at many levels of the art world from art showings to museum management, a Lane Center survey has found. A keynote address by Arnold J. Kemp MFA ’05 and an influential panel of arts insiders shined a light on the survey’s sobering results. The ArtsWest symposium “Women Who Transformed Art…

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New Stanford student group bridges the arts, sciences and engineering

The group’s first art exhibition reflects knowledge-gathering and knowledge-making that are hallmarks of the university.

When two students saw more division than unity between the different academic disciplines on Stanford’s campus, they decided to build a community and call it ArtX. Katherine Yang is the co-founder of the ArtX student organization. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero) Launched in 2017 by Stanford students Ramin Ahmari, BS ’18 and MS ’18, and Katherine Yang,…

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Stanford Stegner Fellows lead and influence with words

Hundreds of fellows have contributed to the best writing of our time, and millions have read their work.

Imagination can be supported. Hands can be guided, and craft can be improved. The workshop can reveal the best a writer has to offer. Wallace Stegner founded the Stanford Creative Writing Program and Writing Fellowships in 1946. (Image credit: Mary Stegner) These beliefs have been the guiding principles of the Stegner Fellows program since its inception…

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