artsCatalyst Grants 2020-21

This past academic year, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts awarded 58 artsCatalyst Grants to faculty members from across the University. These grants foster arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. All of the activities took place in the virtual environment. 2020-21 artsCatalyst Grant Recipients An Artist’s Life: Diverse Voices and Changing Contexts…

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Stanford’s Public Art Committee set to expand contemporary art offerings across campus

The university’s Public Art Committee oversees commissions of site-specific works by Alicja Kwade, Sam Van Aken, Xu Zhen.

The transformation of the arts at Stanford – begun a decade ago with the creation of the arts district – continues on, with transformative art installations in other locations on campus as well. The Public Art Committee, chaired by Matthew Tiews, interim senior associate vice president for the arts and associate vice president for campus engagement,…

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Stanford professor sees Hagia Sophia as a “time tunnel” linking Ottomans to the Roman Empire

Stanford history professor says conquest narratives don’t fully explain Hagia Sophia’s lasting legacy.

With the conversion last month of the architecturally stunning Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a working mosque, Turkish President Recep Erdoğan fulfilled a long-held hope of many Turkish Muslims and of his own political party. Built as a cathedral, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, has also been a mosque and a museum and is now…

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artsCatalyst Grants 2019-20

This past academic year, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts awarded 33 artsCatalyst Grants to faculty members from across the University. These grants foster arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. Activities included field trips to Bay Area cultural organizations, workshops with visiting artists, and attending performances. 2019-20 artsCatalyst Grant Recipients Why is Climate Change…

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Paul V. Turner, art history professor emeritus, named 2020 Fellow by Society of Architectural Historians

A generous and inspiring teacher and scholar, Paul Venable Turner has contributed to the field of architectural history through award-winning scholarship, his influence on generations of students, and nearly fifty years of involvement with the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

The Board of Directors names as Fellows of the Society of Architectural Historians individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field. These contributions may include scholarship, service to the Society, teaching and stewardship of the built environment. The 2020 Class of Fellows include Paul V. Turner, Professor Emeritus of the…

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artsCatalyst Grants 2018-19

This past academic year, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts awarded 27 artsCatalyst Grants to faculty members from across the University. These grants foster arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. Activities included field trips to Bay Area cultural organizations, workshops with visiting artists, and attending performances. 2018-19 artsCatalyst Grant Recipients Interpreting Art (ITALIC 92), Karla…

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Spring quarter 2019 guest artists

Thirty different departments and organizations on campus host 80+ guest artists during spring quarter.

Over 30 departments, centers and campus organizations host guest artists each quarter. The Architectural Design Program and the University Architect/Campus Planning and Design Office co-present the annual Architecture & Landscape–Spring Lecture Series, and the theme this year is “Architecture of Humanity.” The series features five designers who believe architecture has a much greater responsibility beyond aesthetics.…

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Stanford University announces Stanford Live partnerships with Goldenvoice and the San Francisco Symphony

The partnerships at Frost Amphitheater will include rock, pop and classical concerts as well as spoken-word performances in the inaugural season of this newly renovated venue in the university’s arts district.

When Frost Amphitheater reopens in the spring, the Stanford and South Bay community will again be able to enjoy live music on the terraced lawn. And thanks to Stanford Live’s two new musical partnerships, the performance offerings are richer than ever. Frost Amphitheater will reopen this spring after an extensive renovation project that includes the…

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Stanford’s Frost Amphitheater renovation on pace

The university is upgrading the 82-year-old facility while preserving its iconic past.

In the summer of 2017, renovation construction began on Frost Amphitheater, a venue that holds a special place in the hearts of all those who were lucky enough to attend an event there since its opening in 1937. The goal of the project is to build a state-of-the-art stage and introduce other back-of-house amenities, as…

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The Stanford griffins return to public view

Two majestic griffins have been sitting in storage since 2005, when they last guarded the entrance to a now-demolished men’s gymnasium. After a few nips and tucks, they are being returned to campus to help oversee the pathway leading to the Stanford Mausoleum.

A pair of statues of majestic griffins are coming out of storage to oversee the entrance to the path that leads to the mausoleum where the university’s founding family is interred. “We think this will be a fun and whimsical surprise for people,” said Laura Jones, director of heritage services and university archaeologist. “These are…

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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 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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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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GSE tells the story of Paul Hanna and Hanna House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Enterprising education professor bequeathed to Stanford a Frank Lloyd Wright showplace and a growing role in U.S. and global affairs

Enterprising education professor bequeathed to Stanford a Frank Lloyd Wright showplace and a growing role in U.S. and global affairs Stanford University Archives Nestled into a hill of faculty housing on Stanford’s Frenchman’s Lane, Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1937 Hanna House is a hexagonal hive of redwood and glass. It is internationally known — and on the National Register…

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Visit the ‘dome sweet dome’ in the Science and Engineering Quad

Students in lecturer AMY LARIMER‘s Summer Arts Institute course Practicing Art + Architecture have created a geodesic dome in the Science and Engineering Quadrangle. They’d like you to visit it. And while you are there, please lounge inside, nap within, admire it from afar and take pictures of it. But whatever you do, don’t climb on it. The dome went…

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