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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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February 2020

Rooted Words: “Lost & Found”

February 5 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Event Details: 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 on the fifth Wednesday of each quarter 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 enjoy listening to others read from original…

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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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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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Clayman Institute Artist’s Salon: A Tribute to Ada Lovelace Exploring AI and Human Expressivity

February 13 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

The Artist’s Salon presents Patricia Alessandrini, assistant professor in the Department of Music’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. She will discuss Ada’s Song, a composition for mezzo-soprano, ensemble, and a piano automata system employing artificial intelligence. In addition to using AI to generate musical material, it attempts to make real-time machine learning processes comprehensible to the public. Audio and video excerpts of a November 2019 performance of Ada’s Song will be shown, in addition to live demonstrations…

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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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Into the Twilight Zones: Art and Virtual/Augmented Reality in the West

February 27 4:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Event Speakers Jeremy Bailenson: Thomas More Storke Professor of Communications, Stanford University Elizabeth Merrit: Vice President of Strategic Foresight, Center for the Future of Museums Yelena Rachitsky: Executive Producer of Media, Oculus/Facebook Jennifer Steinkamp: VR Artist It is the intention of this symposium to explore the challenges, opportunities, and limitations that the emergence of virtual and augmented reality offers artists and museums based in the American West. This event will investigate the ways art and technology are driving how art…

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March 2020

Dreaming California—A Love Story: An Evening with Artist, Poet, and Naturalist Obi Kaufmann

March 4 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Obi Kaufmann is the author of The California Field Atlas (which received a 2018 California Book Award Gold Medal and was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller) and the recently published The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource. Sunset magazine called him “a modern-day John Muir. . . who will change the way you see the world.” Kaufmann has hiked the length and breadth of the Golden State chronicling his intimate relationship with California’s abundant flora and fauna, watersheds, deserts, and mountains in beautifully rendered…

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First Friday: For Stanford Students

March 6 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

March 8 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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CANCELED – Gallery Talk | The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford

March 18 2:00 pm - 3:00 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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April 2020

First Friday: For Stanford Students

April 3 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

April 12 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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CANCELED – Gallery Talk | The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford

April 24 2:00 pm - 3:00 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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May 2020

Music and the Brain: Concert

May 1 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This Friday night concert launches this year’s Music and Brain Symposium, bringing together scholars, scientists, and artists across multiple disciplines to explore aspects of music as a human behavior. | Program and admission details TBA.

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First Friday: For Stanford Students

May 1 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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Music and the Brain Symposium

May 2 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The annual Music and Brain Symposium brings together scholars, scientists, and artists across multiple disciplines to explore aspects of music as a human behavior. Speakers: Elaine Chew, Edward Large, Yakir Levin, Moshe Barr, Caroline Palmer, David Huron, Takako Fujioka, and Noah Fram  Program and admission details TBA.

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Second Sunday Family Day

May 10 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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June 2020

First Friday: For Stanford Students

June 5 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

June 14 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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July 2020

Second Sunday Family Day

July 12 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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August 2020

Second Sunday Family Day

August 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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September 2020

Second Sunday Family Day

September 13 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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October 2020

First Friday: For Stanford Students

October 2 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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