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May 2019

A Musical Evening with Tagore featuring Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya

May 25 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An exclusive concert by internationally renowned singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, which will mark Stanford’s first ever Rabindra Jayanti celebrations. Each song will be prefaced in English with brief background information and accompanied with projected English subtitles.   This event is free and open to the public, but due to limited spaces entry is by invitation only, RSVP below. Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath, poet, musician, and artist from the Indian subcontinent. Besides being Asia’s first Nobel Laureate, winning the literature…

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Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational: North American Taiko Artists’ Showcase

May 25 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This is the first concert of a two-part concert series hosted by Stanford Taiko, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational (ITI). First established in 1995, ITI has grown into an annual two-day conference that brings together over 180 collegiate taiko players, who will have the opportunity to learn from and play with professional players on the vanguard of North American taiko. This concert will showcase the performances of several taiko pioneers, as well as many…

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Public Tour | Memorial Church

May 26 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stone carvings, mosaics, and stained glass make Stanford Memorial Church the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Meet at the church entrance in the Main Quad Public Tours: Fridays at 1 pm and last Sunday of the month at 11:30 am Request a private tour from Mon-Thurs 9 am-12 pm, 1 pm- 5 pm. Subject to availability.

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Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational: Collegiate Taiko Showcase

May 26 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This is the second concert of a two-part concert series hosted by Stanford Taiko, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational (ITI). First established in 1995, ITI has grown into an annual two-day conference that brings together over 180 collegiate taiko players, who will have the opportunity to learn from and play with professional players on the vanguard of North American taiko. This second concert will be a showcase of the many collegiate groups attending ITI.…

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The Cantor Arts Center is open Memorial Day, May 27!

May 27 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spend the day visiting special exhibitions on view, plus new works and acquisitions recently installed in our galleries. Don’t miss out on free parking available at certain lots around campus.  IMAGE: Artist unknown, U.S.A., Small United States Flag. Fabric and beads. Stanford Family Collections, JLS.17874. On view in the Stanford Family Room Admission Info Cantor Arts Center: Open Wed-Mon, 11am – 5pm, Thurs until 8pm.Always free. CLOSED TUES

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Somatic Fix: The 2019 Senior Exhibition

May 28 12:00 am

Somatic Fix presents the work of a dozen graduating art practice students. The title takes inspiration from somatics, a term within movement studies and dance that foregrounds internal physical perception and sensory experience over external observation and evaluation by others. Working in painting, photography, sculpture, video, and digital media, this exhibition celebrates the culmination of their undergraduate studies.  Polly Capps’s work is an experiment in technique. Combining study of past masters and inspiration from contemporary artists, her religious paintings bring…

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The Workshop on Literature & Theory in India- Professor Shonaleeka Kaul

May 28 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Prof. Shonaleeka Kaul (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi) is a Sanskrit literary historian and author of The Making of Early Kashmir. 

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Author Event: Patrick Hunt

May 28 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an event with Patrick Hunt, author of Greek Musings: Memories and Fables and Academy of Letters: Collected Poems 2015-2018. Patrick Hunt has been teaching at Stanford University for 25 years. The courses he has taught at Stanford relate to his interests in the Humanities, the Arts, Ancient History and Ancient Technology as well as Archaeological Science. He has also written a number of books and poetry collections. In addition to his literary works, he has published over…

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Outdoor Film Screening: Kerry Tribe’s “Exquisite Corpse”

May 28 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Bring your friends, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy this special event! The screening marks the first day of the installation at the museum of Kerry Tribe’s film, Exquisite Corpse (2016), with the film running in the Wisch Family Gallery through July 29. The artist will be introducing her film before the screening. Exquisite Corpse traces the fifty-one-mile Los Angeles River from its origin in the San Fernando Valley to its terminus at the Pacific Ocean, over the course of fifty-one minutes. Throughout the…

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NOON CONCERT: Piano Students of George Barth and Kumaran Arul

May 29 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Stanford piano students from the studios of George Barth and Kumaran Arul perform.

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Opening Reception: Somatic Fix: The 2019 Senior Exhibition

May 29 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Somatic Fix, the 2019 Senior Exhibition, presents the works of a dozen graduating art practice students. The title takes inspiration from somatics, a term within movement studies and dance that foregrounds internal physical perception and sensory experience over external observation and evaluation by others. Working in painting, photography, sculpture, video, and digital media, this exhibition celebrates the culmination of their undergraduate studies.  Learn more about the show and the students whose works will be on view here.  Somatic Fix is…

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Stanford New Ensemble

May 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Stanford New Ensemble presents their end-of-year performance of works by Peter Ablinger, John Cage, Michele Cheng, and Michiko Theurer, directed by Hans Kretz.  Admission Info Free

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Walking the High Sierra: An Evening with Gary Snyder and Tom Killion

May 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize—winning American poet, essayist, environmentalist, and Zen Buddhist Gary Snyder will join internationally renowned artist and printmaker Tom Killion in a special evening that will take the audience on a journey into the High Sierra through their poetry and art. Often called the “poet laureate of Deep Ecology,” Snyder is a passionate prophetic voice on behalf of the preservation of the natural world and the cultures that seek to protect it. Killion’s vividly colored Japanese-style woodblock prints are prized…

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University Singers: Music by Johann Sebastian Bach – NEW VENUE!

May 29 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Robert Huw Morgan directs the University Singers’ concert of music by Johann Sebastian Bach. | Note: This event has been moved to Bing Concert Hall.

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Production | Lighten Up! A Comedy Festival about Colorism

May 29 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Colorism affects our daily lives – how we groom ourselves, our relationship with the sun, what we buy, how we vote, and how we perceive each other. It is such an everyday, insidious oppression that has utterly absurd day-to-day effects. Simply put, it’s ripe for comedy. This 3 day festival will include two Stanford Artists performances and a performance by Peacock Rebellion. Tickets and More Information are available at our website https://lightenupcomedy.weebly.com/

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Murals of Tibet: a talk with Thomas Laird

May 30 2:30 pm - 4:45 pm

On May 30, 2019 the Rumsey Map Center will host a talk titled, Murals of Tibet with photographer Thomas Laird. Hidden amidst soaring snowy mountains, deep valleys, and desolate deserts are some of the greatest treasures of Buddhist culture and Tibetan heritage. For more than a decade, photographer Thomas Laird traveled the length, breadth, and far-flung corners of Tibet’s plateau to capture the land’s spectacular Buddhist murals in all their sublime vastness, intricacy, and their spiritual, emotional, and psychological enrichment.  Schedule:…

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“1919-1929: Dissecting a Decade of Violence in Jewish History” with Elissa Bemporad

May 30 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust and an associate professor of history at Queens College and The Graduate Center – CUNY. She is the author of Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, and finalist for the Jordan Schnitzer Prize in Modern Jewish History. Her new book, entitled Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms,…

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Halle O’Neal: “Word Embodied: Entangled Icons in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Art”

May 30 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: My project on the Japanese jeweled pagoda mandalas reveals the entangled realms of relics, reliquaries, and Buddhist scripture engendered through intricate interactions of word and image. The twelfth- and thirteenth-century mandalas use precisely choreographed characters from sutras rather than architectural line to compose the central icon of a pagoda. Surrounding this textual image, narrative vignettes pictorialize the content of the scriptures. This talk delves into the materiality of the objects and the dynamic viewing encouraged by such rich surfaces…

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Studio Lecture Series: Patty Chang on Performance, Narrative, and Hysterical Geographies

May 30 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Patty Chang discusses her practice starting from performance, moving through video, to expanded research projects such as the acclaimed exhibition now on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, titled Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake 2009-2017, a meditation on mourning, caregiving, geopolitics, and landscape. Chang is an artist working in performance, video, writing, and installation. Her early performance work was influenced by 1960s and ’70s performance work, as well as identity politics of the 1980s and ’90s. More…

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CANCELED – Case Studies Series: Josiah McElheny’s Island Universe

May 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Photo: Josiah McElheny (U.S.A., b. 1966) Island Universe, (detail) 2008. Chrome-plated aluminum, handblown and molded glass, electric lighting, and rigging. © Josiah McElheny. Photo © Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube, London Hear an interdisciplinary public discussion about Island Universe, a monumental work inspired by the origin of the universe. Speakers for this case study include Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, assistant curator of American art, Cantor Arts Center, and Elizabeth Kessler, lecturer, American Studies Program, and American Studies Program coordinator.

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Film Screening: Vija Celmins: 4 Decades

May 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Vija Celmins is one of the most important artists of the postwar generation. She is best known for her drawings of the ocean and the galaxies of the night sky. These brilliant works were mostly realized during a seventeen year period when she stopped painting altogether in order to explore drawing. In her forty year retrospective at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles she recalls her beginnings in abstraction, her choices of subject matter after she freed herself of the New…

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary SKID ROW MARATHON

May 30 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Camera as Witness program presents HUMAN DIGNITY series co-presented with Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice, International Law Society, Stanford Film Society, Stanford Human Rights Law Association and Stanford Public Policy. SKID ROW MARATHON(85 min) US    Director: Mark HayesProducers: Gabriele Hayes, Doug Blush When a criminal court judge starts a running club on the Los Angeles notorious Skid Row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change. SKID…

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NOON CONCERT: Voice Students of Kathryne Jennings – New date!

May 31 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The voice students of Kathryne Jennings’s studio perform. | Note: This event was rescheduled from June 2nd.

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Staging History: Relics and Lutherans in New World Festivals

May 31 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

After the European conquest and occupation of the Americas, emerging colonial societies placed great importance on public festivals. Religious feasts and political affairs became occasions for hosting elaborate festivals that often featured theatrical performances. Many of them had a particular relationship to history. Throughout the sixteenth century, playwrights and actors (conquistadors, missionaries, and Amerindians) repeatedly evoked battles set in the Old World, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. Rather than reproducing these events faithfully, they re-imagined them through the lens of…

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Angles on Art, Gallery Talk: Stephanie Syjuco: I Am An . . .

May 31 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stanford graduate students Jennie Waldow (Art History), Emma Brush (English), and Calvin Cheung-Miaw (Modern Thought & Literature) discuss Stephanie Syjuco’s monumental banner I Am An . . . from their unique disciplinary perspectives. IMAGE: Stephanie Syjuco (U.S.A., b. 1974), I Am An . . ., 2017. Cotton fabric mounted on ceiling rack. © Stephanie Syjuco. Modern and Contemporary Art Fund, 2019.49. Installation view at the Cantor Arts Center. Photograph by Johnna Arnold.

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