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March 2019

SOLD OUT: Art Focus Lectures | Gustav Klimt & the Vienna Secession

March 27 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

To every age its art, to every art its freedom. Formed in 1897, the Viennese Secession of 19 artists and designers who rejected the conservative attitude of the Art Academy in favor of a more modern experimental approach, saw themselves as a regenerative force at the dawn of a new century in Vienna’s Golden Age. Gustav Klimt, influenced by avant-garde movements such as Symbolism and Art Nouveau, became the Secession’s first president.  The lecture considers the work of this complicated…

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April 2019

“Atrocity Photography as Testimony of the Holocaust” with Wendy Lower

April 3 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Wendy Lower’s (Claremont McKenna College) lecture will explore why perpetrators, bystanders and victims who bore witness to the genocide and sought to document it, all turned to the power of the photograph. The magnitude of the events challenged comprehension, and capturing it on film was intended to serve as a testament of the extreme. The photograph as a form of testimony will be analyzed based on Lower’s deeply researched case study of one atrocity photograph taken in 1941 at a…

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The Art of Life

April 3 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A Panel Conversation with Meredith Monk, Fred Luskin, Robert Pogue Harrison, and Joseph Lipsick  Join us for a panel conversation on the nuances of life with musician, composer, and creator Meredith Monk alongside Stanford University’s forgiveness expert Dr. Fred Luskin. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Robert Pogue Harrison.

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Iran: the Islamic Regime’s Resilience under Pressure

April 3 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been in the eyes of the storm ever since its foundation four decades ago. Initially, some analysts could not have confidence in its durability, but it has endured many domestic and foreign policy challenges. Despite being at loggerheads with the United States and some of its regional allies for most of its life, it has remained defiant and resilient. However, in the era of President Donald Trump, who has withdrawn the US from the…

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Survivor Love Letter Project: Beyond Sanctioned Survival

April 3 6:30 pm - 8:20 pm

April 1-April 10, 2019 at the Harmony House The #SurvivorLoveLetter mural is a physical prayer to remind every survivor that not only are you believed, not only are you supported; you are loved. This project was started by artist Tani Ikeda as a way to share messages of self-love and to honor survivors of sexual assault, while facilitating conversation about how survivors are healing themselves and their communities. From April 1-April 10th, queer artists of color from the Survivor Love…

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David Germano: “Crystals, Introductions to Buddhas, and Other Intimate Experiences”

April 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: This talk will explore a dramatic eleventh century transformation of tantric Buddhist ritual initiations in the Tibetan Great Perfection Seminal Heart (rdzogs chen snying thig) tradition. These practices involved a central use of crystal-mediated gazing as an introduction to visionary practices. The practices will be presented and then interpreted in the context of eleventh century Tibet. Bio: David Germano is a Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia and Director of UVA’s Tibet Center, SHANTI…

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Shannon Ebner Lecture / STRAY: A GRAPHIC TONE

April 4 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shannon Ebner (U.S.A. b. 1971), STRAY*, 2017. 2 parts, each 48 x 36 in; 2 Audio-Tracks: 00:15 min, 3:36 min. Archival pigment print mounted on aluminum; * Left: Susan Howe, “Articulation of Sound Forms in Time,” from SINGULARITIES (Wesleyan Univ. Press), 1990. Right: Nathaniel Mackey, “Song of the Andoumboulou: 50” from SPLAY ANTHEM (New Directions), 2006. Courtesy of the artist, Altman Siegel, SF and Sadie Coles HQ, London The artist will discuss her exhibition at the Cantor, including the relationship between a large-scale 2011…

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Dialogues in Art

April 6 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of focused gallery talks by Stanford students at the Anderson Collection. Art makers and art historians join together in pairs to present their views, observations, and thoughts on specific works in the collection. Come for one or for all! The talks begins at 2:00 pm in the galleries.

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Refugee Benefit Concert

April 6 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the Muslim Student Union in Memorial Church for a benefit concert in support of the global refugee crisis, co-sponsored by the Office for Religious Life. This eclectic student showcase will feature voices and talents from the Stanford community, united to raise awareness for all those displaced by war, famine and other humanitarian disasters.      All proceeds from this event will go to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that works to help those affected by humanitarian crises…

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“The Seamy Underbelly of Yiddishland: Brawlers, Crooks, and Charlatans in the Yiddish Press” with Eddy Portnoy

April 9 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

An underground history of downwardly mobile Jews, Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press exposes the seamy underbelly of pre-WWII New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With true stories plucked from the pages of the Yiddish papers, Eddy Portnoy (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research) introduces us to the drunks, thieves, murderers, wrestlers, poets, and beauty queens whose misadventures were immortalized in print.

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Survivor Love Letter Project: Unveiling Celebration

April 10 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

April 1-April 10, 2019 at the Harmony House The #SurvivorLoveLetter mural is a physical prayer to remind every survivor that not only are you believed, not only are you supported; you are loved. This project was started by artist Tani Ikeda as a way to share messages of self-love and to honor survivors of sexual assault, while facilitating conversation about how survivors are healing themselves and their communities. From April 1-April 10th, queer artists of color from the Survivor Love…

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What Matters to Me and Why – Priya Satia

April 10 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The What Matters to Me and Why series encourages reflection within the Stanford community on matters of personal values, beliefs, and motivations in order to better understand the lives and inspirations of those who shape the University. Priya Satia, Professor of British History The fourth talk of this year’s series features Professor Priya Satia who specializes in modern British and British empire history, especially in the Middle East and South Asia. Professor Satia uses the methods of cultural history to…

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Architecture & Landscape – Spring Lecture Series – Lecture 1/5

April 10 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Architecture & Landscape The University Architect / Campus Planning and Design Office sponsors a spring lecture series in architecture and landscape architecture. The purpose of the series is to bring together community enthusiasts, students and staff from across different disciplines to hear the latest innovations in building and design. The lectures provide the Bay Area architectural and design communities an opportunity to hear nationally and internationally renowned experts in the field. The lectures are free of charge and open to…

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Organ Recital – Annette Richards and David Yearsley

April 10 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Annette Richards was educated at Oxford University and Stanford University, where she received her Ph.D. in music history. She enjoys an active career as performer, scholar, and teacher. Laureate of international organ competitions at Dublin and Bruges, she gives concerts frequently in North America and Europe. She has recorded the Complete Works of Melchior Schildt (on the Loft label) played on the historic organ at Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark; and music from the library of Princess Anna Amalia of Prussia, on…

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City Models: From Panstereorama to the Present, a talk with Patrick Ellis

April 11 2:00 pm

On April 11, 2019 The David Rumsey Map Center will host a talk with Patrick Ellis about City Models: From Panstereorama to the Present David Rumsey recently digitized an immense model of San Francisco built by the WPA. It includes every structure of the city circa 1939, carved in miniature. Historians of cartography swap stories of such models today; they are uncommon cartographic spectacles—one cast in stone, here; another printed in plastic, there. At one time, these models were common enough to warrant their own designated…

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2019 St. Clair Drake Memorial Lecture

April 11 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On the 50th Anniversary of Stanford’s Program in African & African American Studies, we have invited some of Black Studies’ most exciting explorations and evocations into a convening that considers, as Sylvia Wynter once mused, “But What Does Wonder Do?” To kick off our conference, join us on April 11th for our Annual St. Clair Drake Memorial Lecture featuring Professor Cathy Cohen, followed by an all-day conference on April 12th.

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Venerable Tathālokā: “Powerful Challenges, Powerful Rewards: Women Awakening Via the Renunciant Path in 21st Century Buddhism”

April 11 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract: What was the Buddha’s unique and successful Middle Way vision of nekkhamma—“renunciation” which led to his goal of liberation? And why are an increasing number of 21st century women freely choosing such a renunciate path, aspiring to and entering Buddhist monastic life—and ordaining as bhikkhunīs—in light of all obstacles and hurdles, even with no traditional religious, social or family compulsion to do so? Ayyā Tathālokā will speak of the challenges, the rewards, and the surprising insights revealed in  thirty years of monastic life, as founding teacher of the first Theravāda Buddhist bhikkhunīs…

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Ellington at 120: The Portraits

April 11 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Loren Schoenberg, Senior Scholar at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, for a look at Duke Ellington, the portraitist. As a young man, Ellington received a scholarship to Pratt Institute to study art, but decided instead to pursue music. What followed were musical portraits of some of the leading African-American artists of the 20th century. Schoenberg will match Ellington’s notes with work by painters such as Jacob Lawrence, Aaron Douglas, and Romare Bearden.

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A Modern Contagion: Cholera’s Impact on Iranian History

April 11 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Amir A. Afkhami presents an overview of pandemic cholera’s seminal role in the emergence and development of modernity in Iran during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This includes details on cholera’s transformative impact on the country’s governance and perspectives on medicine, disease, and public health. It also sheds light on how cholera shaped Iran’s globalization and diplomacy and how it triggered revolutionary events such as the Tobacco Protest and the Constitutional Revolution. His presentation challenges the long held historical assumptions…

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B. Russell (Edinburgh), Mille genera marmorum: economic geography and Rome’s regional marble trade

April 12 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

This lecture will present new perspectives on what the study for the marble trade can reveal about the economic geography of the Roman empire. A series of regional case studies will be presented that emphasise the impact of transport logistics on the movement of this material, local patterns of consumption and substitution, and discrepant architectural experiences. Ben Russell is Senior Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. His work focuses on Roman architecture, especially the use of stone…

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The Outsiders: Third Annual Berkeley/Stanford Graduate Art History Symposium

April 13 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please join us on Saturday, April 13 at SFMOMA for: The Outsiders: The Third Annual Berkeley/Stanford Graduate Art History Symposium What might “outsiders” teach us about the taught and the un-taught, the visible and the invisible? What alternatives exist to models of education and museum exhibition? How might writings about art confront methods of valuation and canonization (let alone complete repudiation)? And how does art history continue to redefine exclusion in and of marginalized communities and disciplines constituted by, for…

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Kevin Young Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

April 15 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo credit Melanie Dunea Part of the Lane Lecture Series Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Young is also poetry editor at The New Yorker. Also an editor, essayist, and curator, Young’s ten books of poetry include: Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016), longlisted for the National Book Award; Book of Hours (Knopf, 2014); Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), winner of an…

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Kevin Young Colloquium, part of the Lane Lecture Series

April 16 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Photo credit Melanie Dunea Part of the Lane Lecture Series Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Young is also poetry editor at The New Yorker. Also an editor, essayist, and curator, Young’s ten books of poetry include: Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016), longlisted for the National Book Award; Book of Hours (Knopf, 2014); Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), winner of an…

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Narsai David: My Life in Food

April 16 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Restaurateur, chef, wine-maker, and author, Narsai David discusses his journey through the culinary world of the Bay Area and beyond. Born to Assyrian immigrants from Iran, memories of his mother’s home cooking, and the influence of Assyrian-Iranian dishes, pervade his own culinary practices and the counsel he now provides San Francisco Bay Area listening audiences.  With extensive experience, Narsai is currently a food and wine editor for KCBS Radio in San Francisco. He hosts and makes celebrity appearances at gatherings…

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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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