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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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Steinbeck at Stanford

January 30 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Free and open to the public. Registration required here. Speaker: Gavin Jones, Rehmus Family Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University John Steinbeck attended Stanford University, off and on, from the Fall of 1919 to the Spring of 1925, when he left without completing his degree. According to an article in Stanford magazine, the relationship between Stanford and Steinbeck is “puzzling, mutually unappreciative, even debilitating.” In his talk, Professor Gavin Jones argues that nothing could be farther from the truth. It…

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Honeypot: A Performance and Book Discussion with E. Patrick Johnson

January 30 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women Combining oral history with magical realism and poetry, Honeypot is an engaging and moving book that reveals the complexity of identity while offering a creative method for scholarship to represent the lives of other people in a rich and dynamic way. Author E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and Professor of African-American Studies at Northwestern University.

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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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Film Screening: “Becoming Who I Was”

January 30 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Film Screening: “Becoming Who I Was” (2016) Directors: Moon Chang-yong, Jeon Jin Professor James Gentry will introduce the film and take questions after the showing. “After being identified as the reincarnation of a venerated Buddhist master, young Padma Angdu makes an arduous journey with his aging guardian from Northern India to Tibet to find his rightful place in the world.” Co-Sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford This event belongs to the following series: Tibetan Studies Initiative

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“Why are you more important than I am?”: How much should family caregivers sacrifice?

January 30 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

As we age and have increasing health needs, most of us don’t want to be moved into a nursing facility but staying at home is hard on the family caregiver. How much should a spouse or adult child sacrifice to become a caregiver? Their health? Their job? Their financial stability? What if the person who needs the care was a bad spouse or parent? And how do different cultures think differently about these questions? Larissa MacFarquhar, staff writer for The…

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Medieval Matters: The Greatest Play You’ve Never Heard Of

January 30 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SERIES: MEDIEVAL MATTERSMedieval Matters is a series of public lectures co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies and The Sarum Seminar. It explores the relevance of medieval history and culture to understanding the modern world. The Greatest Play You’ve Never Heard Of: Sir David Lyndsay, Scotland’s Lyon King, and the Story of The Three EstatesIn this evening program, Greg Walker, Regius Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh (the oldest chair of English in the world), tells the story of a…

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