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May 2019

A Musical Evening with Tagore featuring Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya

May 25 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An exclusive concert by internationally renowned singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, which will mark Stanford’s first ever Rabindra Jayanti celebrations. Each song will be prefaced in English with brief background information and accompanied with projected English subtitles.   This event is free and open to the public, but due to limited spaces entry is by invitation only, RSVP below. Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath, poet, musician, and artist from the Indian subcontinent. Besides being Asia’s first Nobel Laureate, winning the literature…

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Somatic Fix: The 2019 Senior Exhibition

May 28 12:00 am

Somatic Fix presents the work of a dozen graduating art practice students. The title takes inspiration from somatics, a term within movement studies and dance that foregrounds internal physical perception and sensory experience over external observation and evaluation by others. Working in painting, photography, sculpture, video, and digital media, this exhibition celebrates the culmination of their undergraduate studies.  Polly Capps’s work is an experiment in technique. Combining study of past masters and inspiration from contemporary artists, her religious paintings bring…

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The Workshop on Literature & Theory in India- Professor Shonaleeka Kaul

May 28 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Prof. Shonaleeka Kaul (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi) is a Sanskrit literary historian and author of The Making of Early Kashmir. 

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Author Event: Patrick Hunt

May 28 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an event with Patrick Hunt, author of Greek Musings: Memories and Fables and Academy of Letters: Collected Poems 2015-2018. Patrick Hunt has been teaching at Stanford University for 25 years. The courses he has taught at Stanford relate to his interests in the Humanities, the Arts, Ancient History and Ancient Technology as well as Archaeological Science. He has also written a number of books and poetry collections. In addition to his literary works, he has published over…

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Opening Reception: Somatic Fix: The 2019 Senior Exhibition

May 29 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Somatic Fix, the 2019 Senior Exhibition, presents the works of a dozen graduating art practice students. The title takes inspiration from somatics, a term within movement studies and dance that foregrounds internal physical perception and sensory experience over external observation and evaluation by others. Working in painting, photography, sculpture, video, and digital media, this exhibition celebrates the culmination of their undergraduate studies.  Learn more about the show and the students whose works will be on view here.  Somatic Fix is…

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Walking the High Sierra: An Evening with Gary Snyder and Tom Killion

May 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize—winning American poet, essayist, environmentalist, and Zen Buddhist Gary Snyder will join internationally renowned artist and printmaker Tom Killion in a special evening that will take the audience on a journey into the High Sierra through their poetry and art. Often called the “poet laureate of Deep Ecology,” Snyder is a passionate prophetic voice on behalf of the preservation of the natural world and the cultures that seek to protect it. Killion’s vividly colored Japanese-style woodblock prints are prized…

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Murals of Tibet: a talk with Thomas Laird

May 30 2:30 pm - 4:45 pm

On May 30, 2019 the Rumsey Map Center will host a talk titled, Murals of Tibet with photographer Thomas Laird. Hidden amidst soaring snowy mountains, deep valleys, and desolate deserts are some of the greatest treasures of Buddhist culture and Tibetan heritage. For more than a decade, photographer Thomas Laird traveled the length, breadth, and far-flung corners of Tibet’s plateau to capture the land’s spectacular Buddhist murals in all their sublime vastness, intricacy, and their spiritual, emotional, and psychological enrichment.  Schedule:…

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“1919-1929: Dissecting a Decade of Violence in Jewish History” with Elissa Bemporad

May 30 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust and an associate professor of history at Queens College and The Graduate Center – CUNY. She is the author of Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, and finalist for the Jordan Schnitzer Prize in Modern Jewish History. Her new book, entitled Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms,…

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Halle O’Neal: “Word Embodied: Entangled Icons in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Art”

May 30 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: My project on the Japanese jeweled pagoda mandalas reveals the entangled realms of relics, reliquaries, and Buddhist scripture engendered through intricate interactions of word and image. The twelfth- and thirteenth-century mandalas use precisely choreographed characters from sutras rather than architectural line to compose the central icon of a pagoda. Surrounding this textual image, narrative vignettes pictorialize the content of the scriptures. This talk delves into the materiality of the objects and the dynamic viewing encouraged by such rich surfaces…

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Studio Lecture Series: Patty Chang on Performance, Narrative, and Hysterical Geographies

May 30 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Patty Chang discusses her practice starting from performance, moving through video, to expanded research projects such as the acclaimed exhibition now on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, titled Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake 2009-2017, a meditation on mourning, caregiving, geopolitics, and landscape. Chang is an artist working in performance, video, writing, and installation. Her early performance work was influenced by 1960s and ’70s performance work, as well as identity politics of the 1980s and ’90s. More…

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CANCELED – Case Studies Series: Josiah McElheny’s Island Universe

May 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Photo: Josiah McElheny (U.S.A., b. 1966) Island Universe, (detail) 2008. Chrome-plated aluminum, handblown and molded glass, electric lighting, and rigging. © Josiah McElheny. Photo © Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube, London Hear an interdisciplinary public discussion about Island Universe, a monumental work inspired by the origin of the universe. Speakers for this case study include Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, assistant curator of American art, Cantor Arts Center, and Elizabeth Kessler, lecturer, American Studies Program, and American Studies Program coordinator.

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Staging History: Relics and Lutherans in New World Festivals

May 31 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

After the European conquest and occupation of the Americas, emerging colonial societies placed great importance on public festivals. Religious feasts and political affairs became occasions for hosting elaborate festivals that often featured theatrical performances. Many of them had a particular relationship to history. Throughout the sixteenth century, playwrights and actors (conquistadors, missionaries, and Amerindians) repeatedly evoked battles set in the Old World, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. Rather than reproducing these events faithfully, they re-imagined them through the lens of…

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Angles on Art, Gallery Talk: Stephanie Syjuco: I Am An . . .

May 31 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stanford graduate students Jennie Waldow (Art History), Emma Brush (English), and Calvin Cheung-Miaw (Modern Thought & Literature) discuss Stephanie Syjuco’s monumental banner I Am An . . . from their unique disciplinary perspectives. IMAGE: Stephanie Syjuco (U.S.A., b. 1974), I Am An . . ., 2017. Cotton fabric mounted on ceiling rack. © Stephanie Syjuco. Modern and Contemporary Art Fund, 2019.49. Installation view at the Cantor Arts Center. Photograph by Johnna Arnold.

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EXHIBIT OPENING: Trading Faces: Aspects of a 20th-century Northwest Coast Collection

May 31 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Student curators discuss their work creating the exhibit Trading Faces: A 20th-century Northwest Coast Collection. Exploration of carvings, prints, paintings, and other items from Canada and Alaska reveal tension between category and significance as indigenous creations circulate in a Westernized art market. Artists, collectors, institutions, and the objects themselves shape how we appreciate these modern and contemporary pieces. Welcome & Curator Talks 3-4:00 PMExhibit Open until 5:00 PM Admission Info Free and open to the public.

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June 2019

Case Studies Series: Josiah McElheny’s Island Universe

June 5 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Photo: Josiah McElheny (U.S.A., b. 1966) Island Universe, (detail) 2008. Chrome-plated aluminum, handblown and molded glass, electric lighting, and rigging. © Josiah McElheny. Photo © Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube, London Hear an interdisciplinary public discussion about Island Universe, a monumental work inspired by the origin of the universe. Speakers for this case study include Susan Dackerman, John and Jill Freidenrich Director, Cantor Arts Center, and Andrei Linde, Professor of Physics, Stanford University. Professor Linde is one of the authors…

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Johan Becker & Fredrik Thomander: International Songwriting Careers in the Pop Music Industry

June 5 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bring an original song to play and get feedback from Johan and Fredrik, or just come by to listen to the conversation with our international guests and talented Stanford student songwriters. Moderated by Music Professor Mark Applebaum. Free admission

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Inside the Museum, Outside the Art World: Understanding a History of Self-Taught Art in the US

June 6 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, and Aleesa Alexander, Assistant Curator of American Art, for a conversation about self-taught and “outsider” artists in relation to the history of modern art in the United States. Together they will address issues of amateurism, formal training, and institutional systems of aesthetic judgment, inclusion, and exclusion. The conversation will focus on the life and work of Morris Hirshfield (1872-1946), a Brooklyn tailor and slipper manufacturer who is one of…

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

June 6 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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July 2019

Northwest Boychoir Concert

July 8 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Grammy-nominated Northwest Boychoir and Music Director Joseph Crnko will present a concert of classical choral works, folk songs, and Americana.

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Organ Recital – Paul Stubbings

July 31 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Brought up on the North Yorkshire coast, Paul Stubbings was educated at Chetham’s and Manchester University, studying organ with Francis Jackson and Gordon Stewart. Countess of Munster and Dutch Government awards enabled him to pursue advanced organ studies with Bach Scholar Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Amsterdam Conservatorium. He recently returned to academic study, as a part-time doctoral researcher at Canterbury Christ Church, with a focus on Restoration keyboard music and the organ music of Christopher Gibbons, his sometime predecessor…

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October 2019

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

October 3 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

By Bryce Dessner Marking 30 years since the death of groundbreaking photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, composer/conductor Bryce Dessner (The National) brings us Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a powerful work that explores the origins and impact of Mapplethorpe’s controversial photography. Created with librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and director Kaneza Schaal in collaboration with the vocal group Roomful of Teeth and an eight-player ensemble, Triptych includes music, projections of Mapplethorpe’s images, and poetry.

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National Geographic Live

October 30 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

David Guttenfelder “A Rare Look – North Korea and Cuba”  For more than 20 years, National Geographic photojournalist David Guttenfelder has traveled the world, covering international events in more than 100 countries. Repeatedly, he has broken through political barriers to reveal isolated nations to the world, helping to open the first Associated Press news bureau in North Korea in 2011, and last year boarding the first cruise liner to a newly opened Cuba.

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February 2020

National Geographic Live

February 26, 2020 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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