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April 2019

Critical Mass Reframed: A Panel on Kerry Tribe’s Live Re-Performance of Hollis Frampton’s Structural Film

April 17 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Where does a film become a live performance, and how does the history, theory, and criticism of one work translate into another? Sponsored by the Stanford Arts Institute in collaboration with the Stanford Department of Art & Art History, Kerry Tribe (artist, filmmaker, and visiting Lecturer through the Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts) will discuss her live performance Critical Mass (2010–) with Stanford faculty members Pavle Levi (Professor, Film and Media Studies) and Peggy Phelan (Denning Family…

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A Throw of Dice

April 24 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Free Film Screening  This film project brings together Franz Osten’s most acomplished Indian silent film from 1929 with Nitin Sawhney, one of the most influential and versatile creative music talents. Based on the pivotal gambling episode from the Mahabharata, A Throw of Dice tells the story of Ranjit and Sohan, two kings with a passion for gambling and the same woman, Sunita. Featuring a score by artist-in-residence by Nitin Sawhney and the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Kahlil Joseph in Conversation

April 26 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kahlil Joseph is the 2018-2019 Presidential Resident Artist at Stanford University. In collaboration with The Office of the Vice President for the Arts,  The Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) will host a public screening and conversation with the director, including screenings of the artist’s work with Beyonce’s Lemonade, Kendrick Lamar’s m.A.A.d, Sampha’s Process, and Flying Lotus’ Until the Quiet Comes. Kahlil Joseph will also screen and share reflections on his newest film work, BLK NWS, which is on view at various locations around Stanford’s…

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Go Forth

April 26 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Go Forth draws inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a text originally intended to provide the deceased with a blueprint to the afterlife. Incorporating analog projections, chanting, and dance, the work animates a series of burial rituals. The audience enters through a photographic installation that provides an initiation into the mythological landscape of the work. The performance proposes burial not as erasure but as offering restitution that creates space for the presence of the absent, the longed for and…

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May 2019

The Manic Monologues

May 2 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Stigma can be more fatal than mental illness itself. The premiere of The Manic Monologues is coming to Stanford University May 2019. This groundbreaking performance showcases captivating stories from those touched by mental illness. You’ll hear true stories about struggle and pain but also triumph and joy.  These diverse narratives will challenge your assumptions about what it means to live with a mental health condition. Mental health is taboo, even here in Silicon Valley. The Manic Monologues aims to disrupt this silence and stigma.…

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The Manic Monologues

May 3 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Stigma can be more fatal than mental illness itself. The premiere of The Manic Monologues is coming to Stanford University May 2019. This groundbreaking performance showcases captivating stories from those touched by mental illness. You’ll hear true stories about struggle and pain but also triumph and joy.  These diverse narratives will challenge your assumptions about what it means to live with a mental health condition. Mental health is taboo, even here in Silicon Valley. The Manic Monologues aims to disrupt this silence and stigma.…

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The Manic Monologues

May 4 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Stigma can be more fatal than mental illness itself. The premiere of The Manic Monologues is coming to Stanford University May 2019. This groundbreaking performance showcases captivating stories from those touched by mental illness. You’ll hear true stories about struggle and pain but also triumph and joy.  These diverse narratives will challenge your assumptions about what it means to live with a mental health condition. Mental health is taboo, even here in Silicon Valley. The Manic Monologues aims to disrupt this silence and stigma.…

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Two Pints

May 15 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The hilarious and provocative Two Pints started as a conversation on Facebook. Now it’s a play. Two men meet for a pint. They talk about their Da’s, death, Nigella, North Korea, the afterlife… Settle down and listen in as they chew the fat and set the world to rights.

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Stephen Kidd (Brown), “Plato’s Play and the Tragic Paradox”

May 17 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Why do we enjoy watching suffering on the tragic stage, but become upset when we see actual suffering in everyday life?  Plato has trouble with this problem in the Republic where he attempts to distinguish actual grief from the grief felt in the theater, but he approaches the problem from a new angle in later works, finding a solution in “play” (paidia). Stephen Kidd is the Robert Gale Noyes Assistant Professor of Classics at Brown University, where he specializes in classical Greek literature. …

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September 2019

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

September 29 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is the first solo museum show for Harlem-based artist Jordan Casteel. Featuring paintings made in the last five years, Casteel’s large-scale portraits of Harlem community members are intimate portrayals of often overlooked members of society. In her own words, “I’ve always had an inclination toward seeing people who might be easily unseen.” Casteel’s deeply empathetic approach to portraiture makes her one of the most important emerging artists working today.Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is organized…

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