Art & Art History

Exhibit explores the intersection of art and engineering and its impact on California’s water history

The archive of HELEN and NEWTON HARRISON is featured in an interdisciplinary exhibit now on display at the Green Library. Terraforming: Art and Engineering in the Sacramento Watershed is on view in the Peterson Gallery, Green Library Bing Wing, through April 30. Curated by PhD candidates LAURA CASSIDY ROGERS (Modern Thought and Literature) and EMILY…

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Camille Utterback: “Sustaining Presence” at the Stanford Art Gallery

The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University presents Sustaining Presence, on view from January 24 to March 26, 2017 with a reception on Thursday, January 26, from 5-7 PM, at the Stanford Art Gallery. This solo exhibition by Camille Utterback, Assistant Professor in Art & Art History, highlights computationally generated and interactive…

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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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Stanford is shedding light on career paths in the arts

“Show me the way.” That is what Stanford offers students interested in pursuing careers in the arts. Because arts organizations, by the nature of their work, recruit in non-traditional formats, the university is bringing art paths into the light in other ways. Among them are arts internships, hands-on arts courses, grants and a program called…

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60 Years of Abstraction: Frank Stella at the Anderson and the de Young

During his visit to the Anderson Collection at Stanford, the celebrated artist Frank Stella led a small group of students around the galleries while reflecting on his career, his art, and the works on display at the Anderson. In 1959, Stella stunned a New York art world dominated by Abstract Expressionism with his Black Paintings,…

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Green Library exhibition highlights 125 years of student life at Stanford

Stanford’s first major student demonstration occurred during the so-called “Liquor Rebellion.” In 1908, 300 students marched to rebel against a new alcohol ban on campus. A suspension letter, addressed to a student who partook in the Liquor Rebellion, is one of thousands of archival treasures on display at a new exhibition at Green Library celebrating…

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First-year student’s nature photographs earn international prize

First-year student DAVID ROSENZWEIG‘s photograph of two leopards has won the Youth Category of Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition for Animal Conservation. Rosenzweig will be honored along with other winners of the photography competition at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History on Nov. 17, where his picture will be…

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Stanford physicist makes speed-of-light art

On Oct. 28, THOMAS JUFFMANN, a postdoctoral fellow in physics, will present at Vision+Light: Extending the Senses, an event at UC Berkeley that celebrates the intersection of art and science. Juffmann, who works with Phillip Haslinger of UC Berkeley and artist Enar de Dios Rodríguez of the San Francisco Art Institute, uses advanced imaging technology…

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Stanford in New York: arts, architecture, design and urban studies; media and finance; the global city

As thousands of Stanford students settle into the rhythm of a new academic year on the Farm, 21 juniors and seniors are establishing their autumn quarter routines – seminars, internships and field trips – in the Big Apple through the Stanford in New York program. Under the program, which the university launched last autumn, students…

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Photo book celebrates Center for African Studies’ 50th anniversary

For 50 years, Stanford’s CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES has been a hub for rigorous inquiry and a welcoming home for all Stanford students and scholars with an interest in Africa. On Sept. 29, the center highlighted its 50th anniversary by debuting a book of remarkable photos by ALEX NANA-SINKAM, ’13, MA ’14, spiced with reflections…

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Nick Cave exhibition at Stanford challenges artistic conventions

A new exhibition at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University blends the visual arts with performance. Nick Cave’s Soundsuits are part sculpture, part costume. Made of a myriad of discarded and disused materials, they are designed to be worn and moved in, concealing the wearer’s race, gender and age. The exhibition runs through Aug. 14,…

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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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When art is your business, treat your business like Art

In 2012, three Stanford alumni set out to bring a high-minded, counterintuitive business model to the anything-goes frontier of Chinese art, where business ethics are sometimes murky and counterfeiters often go to extraordinary lengths to fool private and institutional collectors. “A copy’s intent is to mimic, not to express anything authentic,” says Craig L. Yee…

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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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