Coming up Next

Summer at Stanford is a time for rest, relaxation – and feverish planning for the year ahead. Next year brings some amazing new developments in the arts on campus. Here's a peek:

Stanford Live is excited to hold its inaugural summer season. The program kicked off with the St. Lawrence String Quartet on June 23. For the first time, the Stanford and Bay Area community will be able to enjoy Stanford Live’s varied and exciting performances during the summer months. Stanford Live has also announced its full 2014-15 season, including performances by EmmyLou Harris, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the San Francisco Symphony and many more. With more than 60 diverse performances there’s sure to be something that will pique your interest!

Stanford Live’s home – Bing Concert Hall – opened in January 2013, marking the first new addition to our growing arts district. Up next: the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, which opens to the public Sept. 21, 2014. With 121 works by 86 artists – including masterpieces of Abstract Expressionism and Bay Area Figuration – the collection will be an incredible new resource for our students, faculty and community.

Departments from across campus are creating projects in celebration of the opening – ranging from a major academic conference on American art history to an improvisational dance production incorporating styles from the mid-20th century. And of course the Anderson Collection is right next door to the Cantor Arts Center, which will feature a host of exciting exhibitions next year, including a major show of Robert Frank’s photography and a showcase of Pop Art from the Anderson Collection on loan from SFMOMA. Stay tuned to learn more about events, dates and times!

While the Anderson Collection building is readying to open, construction is underway on two additional facilities. The McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History is developing rapidly and is on target to open in fall 2015. And work begins this summer on a renovation of Roble Gym on the west side of campus. The space, which currently houses dance studios and rehearsal space for the Department of Theater and Performance Studies, will undergo a remodel and upgrade, which will include the creation of a theater facility and an “Arts Gym” for student drop-in creative use.

New campus-wide arts programming is also on the horizon. The 2014-15 academic year will see two new series: “Haydn – Patronage & Enlightenment” and “Imagining the Universe.” The Haydn series, which kicked off in mid-May, includes concerts, classes, symposia and exhibitions surrounding composer Joseph Haydn, including a two-day conference in February 2015. “Imagining the Universe” will explore the cosmos’ influence on our imaginations, research and creative response. The yearlong project will bring together scientists, artists and humanists to explore the nature of the universe.

This is just a taste. There’s much, much more going on in the arts at Stanford next year. We’re always working to bring new and exciting events, programs, resources and opportunities in the arts to the Stanford community. So, mark your calendars for a great upcoming year!