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January 2020

Gallery Talk | The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford

January 23 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Susan Dackerman, the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center, for this gallery talk on Thursday, January 23. A Mark Dion Project Using over 700 items from the Stanford Family Collections, artist Mark Dion’s new exhibition explores how Leland Stanford Jr.’s death at age 15 led to the creation of a museum, university, and—by extension—the entire Silicon Valley. Dion spent more than a year culling through the over 6,000 objects in the original Stanford Family Collections…

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Artist Talk with ALOK

January 23 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Please note that the start time is 4:30pm. An incorrect time was listed in the mailed out calendar.  Join ALOK (they/them) for this talk on performance, body images, and self-fashioning. ALOK is an internationally acclaimed non-binary performance artist, designer, and educator. They appeared on HBO’s “The Trans List” and “Random Acts of Flyness,” and have authored a poetry book “Femme in Public,” and the forthcoming book “Beyond the Gender Binary,” a clarion call for a new approach to gender in…

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Opening reception: Terry Berlier: I am what I am not yet

January 23 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Artist and Professor Terry Berlier brings together her interest in queerness and ecologies in I am what I am not yet, a solo exhibition at the Stanford Art Gallery, on view January 21 to March 15, 2020. Using abstract labored forms, kinetic and sound sculpture, her work suggests a path of reorienting to the world, turning things around so they can be understood differently. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, January 23, 5–7 pm. Berlier approaches her studio practice…

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FLI-LGBTQ+ Student Self-Fashioning Show

January 23 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This artistic and cultural event showcases student designers, models, photographers, and DJ Professor Adam Banks, Academic Director of The Program in Writing and Rhetoric and IDA-Harmony House. Professor Banks will act as the MC, presenting two vibrant communities and beyond across campus. There will be a short spoken word intro, sustainable recycled clothing, and international students will be wearing their traditional national East and North African garb to demonstrate how pride in community and culture can also be inclusive. Make…

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Alexander Nemerov on Pollock and de Kooning: Two poems

January 23 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Alexander Nemerov, Department Chair of Art & Art History and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, as he explores the museum’s newest acquisitions through poetry. The conversation will take place in the galleries in front of Jackson Pollock’s Totem Lesson I and Willem de Kooning’s Gansevoort Street. No registration required. Seating is limited.

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One Touch of Venus

January 23 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Department of Music presents a fully staged production of One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Ogden Nash and book by S.J. Perelman and Nash. Based on the novella The Tinted Venus by Thomas Anstey Guthrie, Weill’s 1941 musical fantasy tells of an ancient statue of Venus that comes to life. When modern humans fall in love with her, complications ensue. | These performances are funded in part by the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund…

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Persian Poetics

January 24 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

At the interface of Self and Other, what theories of the lyric subject are elaborated in Persian literature, both medieval and modern? What are the philosophical foundations underlying discussions of poetic practice and how do these practices in turn affect our understanding of an individual poetics? Is there a point where poetics turns into ethics? And how do we, as members of the Western academy, justify our critical practice with regard to a tradition to which we are, in essence,…

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CAF and SIPA Informational Session

January 24 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Community Arts Fellows (CAF) have the opportunity to spend a summer working full time in the areas of curating, presenting, outreach and/or arts education with a focus on racial/social justice issues. Fellows may work in the United States or abroad. CAF fellows work with an arts organization or a community-based organization using the arts to further racial/social justice. With the help of IDA staff, CAF Fellows will determine a course of research and preparation for their summer learning experience. The Summer…

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Info Session | A Midsummer Night’s Dream

January 24 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

AMY FREED (Director) invites all students to an open information session to learn more about the play, how the production and class will work, the audition process, and anything else you might want to know before auditions Week 6! We’ll read some of the play as a group, have some Q&A and if you’ve never read a line of Shakespeare in your life, it’s a perfect way to start! ALL WHO HAVE AN INTEREST ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! NO EXPERIENCE…

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Poetry and Writing Workshop with Safia Elhillo

January 24 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Writing Workshop with Safia Elhillo, a Sudanese-American poet known for her written and spoken poetry. She is the author of The January Children, recipient of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and a 2018 Arab American Book Award. She is a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and holds an MFA from The New School. Safia Elhillo will be hosting a writing workshop at the Harmony House and a performance later that evening at 576…

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Safia Elhillo’s Poetry Performance

January 24 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese-American poet known for her written and spoken poetry. She is the author of The January Children, recipient of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and a 2018 Arab American Book Award. She is a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and holds an MFA from The New School. Safia Elhillo will be hosting a writing workshop at the Harmony House earlier in the day followed by a poetry performance later…

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Sonja Johnson-Yu, soprano: Senior Recital

January 24 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Soprano Sonja Johnson-Yu presents her senior recital of works by Schumann, Handel, and Duke with accompanist Su Mi Park, piano. | Program TBA Admission Info Free

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New Dimensionality: An Audiovisual Student Showcase

January 25 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A collaboration between ArtX, CCRMA, and Vibes & Vino, this experimental audiovisual student showcase features live music performance combined with visual works, pushing the boundaries of medium and performance: live synthesized beatboxing, sensory engagement with the SF Bay tidal record, and an entombed and distorted Alexa… all this and even more! Schedule Saturday: exhibits 7:00-11:00 PMperformances 8:00-10:00 PM Sunday: exhibits 2:00-5:00 PMworkshops 3:00-5:00 PM Admission Info Free

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Selma

January 25 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Film with Live Score: Jason Moran & Marvin Sewell  The 2014 Oscar-winning movie—starring Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and Tessa Thompson—tells the story of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Protesting segregationist repression and led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and now-U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA.), it helped lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year. Jazz pianist Jason Moran joins the Wordless Music Orchestra to provide the film with a live score.

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Encuentro Nahuatl (Working Group Series)

January 27 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Encuentro Nahuatl is a CLAS sponsored working group that meets on Mondays to learn Nahuatl, a Uto-Aztecan language spoken in Mexico, along with cultural activities. This weekly gatherings are open to students, community members, and the public at large.  Join us in this great adventure! FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  LIGHT FOOD PROVIDED  Please contact jessica.cordiglia@stanford.edu for more information 

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Louise Glück Reading, the Mohr Visiting Poet

January 27 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Louise Glück Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. Photo by Katherine Wolkoff The Mohr Visiting Poet. Louise Glück is one of America’s most honored contemporary poets. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books. Stephen Dobyns, writing in the New York Times Book Review, said “no American poet writes better than Louise Glück, perhaps none can lead us so deeply…

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Film Screening: Silenced: Composers in Revolutionary Russia

January 28 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The second part of the three-part documentary series “Music, War and Revolution” is dedicated to Russian composers of the late teens and early ’20s of the last century. The former “young wild ones,” composers such as Arthur Lourié, Nikolai Roslawets, Alexander Mosolov as well as Vladimir Deshevov and Lev Termen remain to this day relatively and unjustly unknown and their lives have remained largely unexplored. However, this generation injected life into the musical world of that time, greatly leaving their mark.…

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Film Screening: The Burnt City

January 28 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The documentary feature film “The Burnt City” (Shahre Sukhte), produced and directed by Nasser Pooyesh, explores one of the historic wonders of Iran, indeed of the world. The Burnt City, located in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, began to be inhabited more than 3,000 years B.C.E. The discovery is considered an archeological finding for the ages, and the film offers rare insight into its discovery and the civilization that inhabited it. *Film is in Persian/Farsi with English subtitles. Screening will be followed…

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A Conversation with Laurie Anderson and Jim Campbell

January 28 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Known for her multimedia presentations and recognized worldwide for her ground-breaking use of technology in the arts, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. At the Bing, Anderson will present her work, The Art of Falling. Contemporary artist Jim Campbell uses technology to filter images of daily life, mediating the audience’s encounter with his subjects and amplifying the…

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Gallery Talk | Outside Looking In: John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, and Wright Morris

January 29 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This exhibition presents work by three American photographers in The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University who used the camera to observe the public lives and, occasionally, private spaces of others. German-born John Gutmann (1905–1998) settled in the Bay Area in 1933 and documented the spectrum of American society with an eye for the absurd, sensational, and grotesque. Author and artist Wright Morris (1910–1998) created a photographic portrait of his relations and their hard-scrabble, rural way of life…

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Rooted Words XII

January 29 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Rooted Words is a community reading series, emerging from the Earth Systems Program and the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences but enthusiastically open to all. We meet under the spreading blue oaks near the Electioneer Road gates at the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm. Students, staff, faculty, friends and community members are all welcome to bring a short sample of their own writing to share (5 minutes or shorter please) or to simply come and enjoy listening to…

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Visiting Artist Lecture: Slavs & Tatars

January 29 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Transliterative Tease, 2013-present Through the lens of phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, Transliterative Tease explores the potential for transliteration – the conversion of scripts – as a strategy equally of resistance and research into notions such as identity politics, colonialism, and faith. The lecture-performance focuses on the Turkic languages of the former Soviet Union, as well as the eastern and western frontiers of the Turkic sphere, namely Anatolia and Xinjiang/Uighuristan. Lenin believed that the revolution of the east begins with…

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Laurie Anderson

January 29 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Art of Falling  Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most reknowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Known for her multimedia presentations and recognized worldwide for her ground-breaking use of technology in the arts, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. At the Bing, Anderson will present her work, The Art of Falling.

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Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne, with special guest the Stanford Chamber Chorale

January 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne, presents an exciting and diverse program of choral artistry featuring Frank Ferko’s American Folksongs plus works by Tallis, Byrd, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Howells, Whitacre, McDonald, and others. The Stanford Chamber Chorale will join them to present two works collaboratively. Choir of Trinity College, MelbourneChristopher Watson, Director Stanford Chamber ChoraleStephen M. Sano, Director Admission Info Free

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Searching for the Missing: Performance, Forensics, and Democracy

January 30 11:30 am - 1:20 pm

Stanford Dance Studies Colloquium presents Searching for the Missing: Performance, Forensics, and Democracy (a talk by Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz) which is concerned with the use of forensic anthropology evidence in performances by Mexican artists. Since 2006, the legal-scientific field of forensic anthropology has received much attention to shed light on the overwhelming occurrences of forced disappearances in Mexico. Few studies have analyzed the relationship between performance and forensic practices. Aldape Muñoz evaluates how contemporary dance and performance has become…

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