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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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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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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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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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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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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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Public Tour | Outside Looking In: John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, and Wright Morris

January 30 12:30 pm - 1:30 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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Film: Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present

January 30 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1946, Marina Abramović has had a long career of pushing the boundaries and concepts of the medium of performance as a visual art form.  In 2010 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Abramović engaged in an extended performance called, The Artist Is Present. Seated silently at a wooden table across from an empty chair, she waited as people took turns sitting in the chair and locking eyes with her. Over the course of nearly three…

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February 2020

The Little Comrade (2018) film screening

February 5 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Stanford Libraries, the Estonian Consulate in San Francisco, and Vabamu: The Museum of Occupations and Freedom of Estonia invite you to the screening of “Little comrade” (“Seltsimees laps,” 2018). The film will be introduced by Vabamu’s Director Keiu Telve. Opening words will be provided by Consul General of Estonia in San Francisco Ann Hänni. PROGRAM: 5:00-6:00 pm Reception in the Cubberley Auditorium Lobby6:00-6:15 pm Opening words by Consul General of Estonia in San Francisco Ann Hänni and Director of Vabamu…

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

February 6 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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 to create an exhibition that explores young Leland’s collection—he already was an avid and curious collector at the time of his death—as…

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An Evening with Nathan Englander

February 6 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Lecture Nathan Englander is the author of the novels Dinner at the Center of the Earth and The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank—winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short…

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DJ Lynnée Denise Presents:  Black To Techno and the Black Music 80’s

February 6 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 A Public conversation and performative lecture

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Poetry Workshop with Monica Sok

February 7 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of Year Zero, winner of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her work has been recognized with a “Discovery” Prize from 92Y. She teaches poetry to Southeast Asian youths at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants and Banteay Srei in Oakland, California. Her debut poetry collection A Nail the Evening Hangs On is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in February 2020.

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First Friday: For Stanford Students

February 7 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enjoy a night out at the Cantor on the First Friday of the month during the academic year, with evenings full of art-making, music, and special performances. This program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center and made possible through the generous support of the Joan and John Jay Corley Fund for Performance, the Kenneth D. Brenner family Fund for Student Outreach, and the Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Fund for Education. Admission Info FREE

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Second Sunday Family Day

February 9 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cantor Events: Drop-in Studio: Experiment with art materials and new techniques by participating in the hands-on art-making experience. All visitors, regardless of age, ability, or familiarity with the creative process, are encouraged to attend.Art Packs: Check out an Art Pack that includes themed activities for visitors of all ages and supplies for sketching while visiting the galleries.Sunday Spotlight: 15-minute gallery talk for all ages. Talks start at 11:30 am and continue throughout the day on the half hour through 2:30 pm.Activity Table: Inspired by…

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Left of Center: Student Curator Talks

February 15 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Left of Center: Five Years of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University is the first fully student-curated exhibition created for the museum. Join one of the graduate students from Stanford Department of Art and Art History for an informative talk in the galleries in which they share their reflections on the exhibit, the artworks, and the artists.

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Crossing the Caspian:Persia and Europe, 1500-1700

February 19 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Curator Alexandria Brown-Hejazi, Ph.D. candidate in Art and Art History at Stanford, introduces the exhibition Crossing the Caspian which explores the golden age of artistic exchange between the Safavid Empire of Persia and Europe. IMAGE: Attributed to Mu’in Musavvir (or his school) (Iran, active c. 1630–1697), Portrait of the “Pillar of the State,” the Grand Vazir Saru Taqi, before 1645. Gift of the Estate of Marion B. Pierstorff, 2005.97

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What Is A Public Intellectual Today: Tressie McMillan Cottom

February 19 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an award-winning Associate Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally for the urgency and depth of her incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race, and gender. With tens of thousands of readers amassed over years of writing and publishing, McMillan Cottom’s columns have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington…

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Another Look Book Club: Mary McCarthy’s “Memories of a Catholic Girlhood”

February 19 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“If I could not win fame by goodness, I was ready to do it by badness.” ~ Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) Join us on Wednesday, February 19, for the “Another Look” book club discussion of Mary McCarthy’s Memories of a Catholic Girlhood. In her 1957 book, the author describes living among a complicated, sometimes abusive, extended family after her her parents died during the 1918 flu epidemic. She writes with merciless wit and frankness. While appreciating the classical foundation her Catholic education…

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Roanne Kantor- What Indian Poets Imagined Latin American Literature Could Do

February 20 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“The one from which we aught to learn”: What Indian Poets Imagined Latin American Literature Could Do In 1969, the poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra wrote to his friend Adil Jussawalla “my heart’s theory–we’re part of Latin America…and their literature is the one from which we aught to learn.” While we might think of Salman Rushdie and magical realism as the primary literary articulation points between these two regions, it was Mehrotra, Jussawalla, and their earlier generation of multilingual, polymath artists who…

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Storytelling Workshop with Sterling HolyWhiteMountain

February 21 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation. He holds a BA in English creative writing from the University of Montana and an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa. He was also a James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His work has appeared in volumes 1 and 2 of Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century American Indian and Indigenous Writers, Montana Quarterly, ESPN.com, The Yellow Medicine Review and The Atlantic. He is currently completing a story collection.

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Dawn Harms and the Rhythm Sisters: Adventures in Music

February 24 9:30 am - 10:30 am

From Bach to the “Orange Blossom Special”, violinist Dawn Harms’s free family show will make children squeal with delight — they might play the violin for the first time, or come up and compose a piece right before your very eyes. You will have a blast with Dawn and her zany cast of characters. There is something for everyone. | Presented in partnership with the Friends of Music at Stanford. Admission Info Free

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National Geographic Live

February 26 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dr. Kara Cooney “When Women Ruled the World”  When it comes to women in power, we’ve come a long way…right? Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens to illuminate a time when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these strong female leaders were considered exceptions to the rule, but their power and influence is undeniable.

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Gallery Talk | Medium is the Message: Art since 1950

February 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the Cantor’s assistant curator of American art, Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, as she discusses the current exhibition The Medium Is the Message: Art since 1950. Featuring a wide range of work from the Cantor’s collection, the show explores the relationship between subject, content, and the materials that informed each object’s production. Viewed collectively, these works suggest that an exploration of medium is one way of challenging dominant discourses around art, culture, and history. IMAGE: Titus Kaphar (U.S.A., b. 1976), Page 4 of…

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