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April 2019

The Iron Horse (Transcontinental Railroad Film Series: Images of the West)

April 15 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The events surrounding the building and completion of the Transcontinental Railroad are woven in the history and lore of the American West. Over the course of six weeks, the Stanford Historical Society will present a series of films, each introduced by historians, film scholars, and researchers, that will attempt to put these historical events in perspective. A discussion will follow each screening. About the film: The Iron Horse (1924) 150 minutes Director John Ford’s The Iron Horse is the first…

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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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Union Pacific (Transcontinental Railroad Film Series: Images of the West)

April 22 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The events surrounding the building and completion of the Transcontinental Railroad are woven in the history and lore of the American West. Over the course of six weeks, the Stanford Historical Society will present a series of films, each introduced by historians, film scholars, and researchers, that will attempt to put these historical events in perspective. A discussion will follow each screening. About the film: Union Pacific (1939) 135 minutes Union Pacific was directed by Cecil B. DeMille, known for…

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A Throw of Dice

April 24 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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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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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Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain

April 25 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

On April 25th, 2019 The David Rumsey Map Center will host an exhibit opening and a symposium of talks that explore the shared terrain of maps and art. The exhibition will feature a variety of ways in which the two porous mediums overlap in inquiries about space, both geographical and metaphorical. Artists include Zoe Leonard, Trevor Paglen, Tauba Auerbach, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Agnes Denes, John Pfahl, Ed Ruscha, Christo and Jeanne-Claude. In dialogue with the art, will be maps by…

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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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Iron Road (Transcontinental Railroad Film Series: Images of the West)

April 29 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The events surrounding the building and completion of the Transcontinental Railroad are woven in the history and lore of the American West. Over the course of six weeks, the Stanford Historical Society will present a series of films, each introduced by historians, film scholars, and researchers, that will attempt to put these historical events in perspective. A discussion will follow each screening. About the film: Iron Road (2009) 90 minutes Historian Ronald Takaki stated it bluntly: “The construction of the…

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May 2019

J. Fred Weintz and Rosemary Weintz Art Lecture Series: Michael Ann Holly

May 2 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Back of the Painted Beyond Michael Ann Holly will explore connections between current art historical theory and mid-twentieth century phenomenological thinking, illustrated by way of a few examples of early modern Northern works of art, mostly gleaned from wandering through the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. How might we talk about the correspondences, even conversations, among paintings that elude art historical labeling and contextualizing? Paintings are materially limited but metaphysically limitless. How do backgrounds, for example, intimate all that lies beyond…

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American Experience: Transcontinental Railroad (Transcontinental Railroad Film Series: Images of the West)

May 6 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The events surrounding the building and completion of the Transcontinental Railroad are woven in the history and lore of the American West. Over the course of six weeks, the Stanford Historical Society will present a series of films, each introduced by historians, film scholars, and researchers, that will attempt to put these historical events in perspective. A discussion will follow each screening. About the film: American Experience: Transcontinental Railroad (2007) 105 minutes The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad has been…

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P. Adams Sitney on the Film Theories of Gilles Deleuze and Stan Brakhage

May 9 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

An error in Gilles Deleuze’s description of George Landow’s Bardo Follies becomes a key to the nature of his use of secondary critical texts and his system building in his two books on cinema. P. Adams Sitney will show how the metaphysical underpinning of Deleuze’s theory (derived from Henri Bergson) corresponds to the theory and practice of Stan Brakhage, whose films Deleuze discusses without ever having seen. Sitney will then attempt to show that Deleuze ‘corrected’ Bergon’s insights with an…

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Once Upon a Time in the West (Transcontinental Railroad Film Series: Images of the West)

May 13 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The events surrounding the building and completion of the Transcontinental Railroad are woven in the history and lore of the American West. Over the course of six weeks, the Stanford Historical Society will present a series of films, each introduced by historians, film scholars, and researchers, that will attempt to put these historical events in perspective. A discussion will follow each screening. About the film: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 158 minutes Hollywood’s story-telling machine, especially when…

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The Railroad (1868) segment of How the West was Won; Hell on Wheels; Charlie Brown, this is America: The Transcontinental Railroad (Transcontinental Railroad Film Series: Images of the West)

May 20 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The events surrounding the building and completion of the Transcontinental Railroad are woven in the history and lore of the American West. Over the course of six weeks, the Stanford Historical Society will present a series of films, each introduced by historians, film scholars, and researchers, that will attempt to put these historical events in perspective. A discussion will follow each screening. About the films: The Railroad (1868) segment of How the West was Won (1963);  Hell on Wheels (2013)…

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June 2019

2019 Spring Film Production 114 Film Screening

June 7 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Films by students enrolled in Film Production 114: Introduction to Film & Video Production. Q&A with Filmmakers and light refreshments immediately following screening.

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2019 Spring MFA Documentary Film Screening

June 13 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Films by First Year MFA students in the Documentary Film Program. Q&A with filmmakers and reception to immediately follow screening.

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2019 Thesis Documentary Film Screening

June 15 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Thesis films produced by graduating Second Year MFA students in the Documentary Film Program. Q&A with filmmakers and reception to immediately follow screening.

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