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January 2019

Public Tour | Outdoor Sculpture Walk, Museum

January 20 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learn from a trained docent as you walk among the diverse collection of outdoor sculpture surrounding the Cantor Art Center. Meet at the entrance to the museum. Public Tours: Third Sunday of each month at 11:30 am, rain or shine

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Public Tour | Papua New Guinea Sculpture Walk

January 20 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Created on-site at Stanford by artists from Papua New Guinea, the garden contains wood and stone carvings of people, animals, and magical beings that illustrate clan stories and creation myths. Meet on the corner of Santa Teresa and Lomita Drive. Public Tours: Third Sunday of each month at 2 pm, rain or shine.

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Michael Richards: Winged

January 22 12:00 am

The Department of Art & Art History presents Michael Richards: Winged, a solo exhibition of sculpture and drawing dedicated to the late artist Michael Richards (1963–2001). The exhibition, curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin, is on view at the Stanford Art Gallery from January 22 through March 24, 2019, with a reception on Thursday, January 24, 5–7pm, and an academic symposium on Friday, February 8. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Michael Richards was working in his studio…

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Scholars Select: Special Collections in Action

January 22 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

An exhibition of rare books, manuscripts, and objects selected by faculty to celebrate the 2019 Green Library centennial.  

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Laetitia Sonami: Ideas & Machines

January 22 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Laetitia Sonami, composer, sound installation artist, and technologist, discusses her forty-year musical trajectories and encounters. Sonami has studied with Eliane Radigue, Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and Joel Chadabe. She moved from France to the U.S. in the late seventies to pursue her interest in electronic music, away from the more conservative French institutions of the time. After several years performing with home-made electronics and spoken words, she started developing the “lady’s glove” in 1991, an elegant elbow-length glove studded with…

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History, Images, and Politics in the PRC: An International Workshop

January 24 12:00 am

This two-day workshop brings a number of international scholars to Stanford to explore some of the different ways in which images and printed media have been used in contemporary politics within the People’s Republic of China.  Program: Thursday, January 24 9:00 – 9:10 Opening remarks, Ban Wang (EALC, Stanford) 9:10 – 10:45 Political Authority and Grassroots Activism Chair: Guobin Yang (Sociology & Communication, U Penn) Presenters:Elizabeth J. Perry (Harvard) and Xiaojun Yan (Politics and Public Administration, Univ. of Hong Kong).…

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Modern Chinese Political Posters

January 24 12:00 am

This exhibition, co-sponsored by the East Asia Library, the Hoover Institution, and the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center, features examples of Chinese political posters from the mid-twentieth century.  The opening of this exhibition will coincide with a two-day symposium on the role of art and media in Chinese politics, also held at the East Asia Library, entitled History, Images, and Politics in the PRC: An International Workshop.

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Art Meets Science at SLAC Lecture Series | Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime!

January 24 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Ge Wang will present the first talk in the Art Meets Science at SLAC Lecture Series, “Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime!” on Jan. 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Panofsky Auditorium at SLAC, to be followed by a reception. (This lecture will be streamed live on our Facebook page a few minutes before the start time.) Topic What is the nature of design, and the meaning it holds in human life? What does it mean to design well?…

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Odeya Nini: A Solo Voice

January 24 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Evolving over the last seven years, A Solo Voice, composed and performed by Odeya Nini, is an investigation of resonance, extended vocal techniques, performance, and pure expression, exploring the relationship between mind and body and the various landscapes it can yield. The work is a series of malleable compositions and improvisations that include field recordings and theatrical elements, aiming to dissociate the voice from its traditional attributes and create a new logic of song that is not only heard but seen through movement and action.…

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fff: improvisers/performers

January 26 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

fff features improvisers/performers Julie Zhu, Julie Herndon, Michele Cheng, Michiko Theurer, Barbara Nerness, and Stephanie Sherriff.

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Public Tour | Memorial Church

January 27 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stone carvings, mosaics, and stained glass make Stanford Memorial Church the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Meet at the church entrance in the Main Quad Public Tours: Fridays at 1 pm and last Sunday of the month at 11:30 am Request a private tour from Mon-Thurs 9 am-12 pm, 1 pm- 5 pm. Subject to availability.

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Documentary Film Screening: They Played for Their Lives

January 27 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Through intimate interviews and live performances, They Played for Their Lives artfully portrays how music saved the lives of young Jewish musicians through the nightmare years of the Holocaust. Playing music in the ghettos and concentration camps not only fostered spiritual strength within themselves and others but often proved a bargaining tool that spared their lives. The documentary follows the personal narratives of eight survivors. Chaim recounts how he saved his father from beatings by teaching an SS officer to play the…

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Hume Drop-in Writing Tutoring at El Centro Chicano y Latino

January 27 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Drop-in writing tutors are undergraduates who have been trained to help students at any stage of the writing process and can work with any piece of writing, from a Thinking Matters or PWR essay to a grant proposal or cover letter.

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Arts Hackathon 2019 Presentations

January 28 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Responding to a prompt co-created by our hackathon partners, teams  will explore new opportunities for audience engagement. Presented in partnership with San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and Stanford Live.

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February 2019

Adrienne Mayor (Stanford), “Gods and Robots: Ancient Dreams of Technology”

February 1 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Long before technology made robots possible, Greek mythology envisioned ideas about creating artificial life—and grappled with ethical concerns about technology. As early as Homer, Greeks imagined robotic servants, animated statues, and even ancient versions of artificial intelligence. Many sophisticated robotic devices were actually built in antiquity, reaching a climax with the creation of a host of self-moving devices and automatons in the ancient city of learning, Alexandria, the original Silicon Valley. Join Adrienne Mayor as she explores how some of today’s most advanced innovations in robotics and AI were foreshadowed in ancient myth. Adrienne Mayor is a…

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First Friday: For Stanford Students

February 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. Inspired by the artist Auguste Rodin This program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center and made possible through the generoussupport of the Joan and John Jay Corley Fund for Performance, the Kenneth D. BrennerFamily Fund for Student Outreach, and the Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Fund for Education.

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Artists on the Future, The Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg Artist Conversation Series

February 4 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us to hear from artist Dana Schutz in conversation with Hamza Walker, Director of LAXART. Read Dana and Hamza’s biographies here.  ABOUT ARITIST ON THE FUTUREThe Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg Artist Conversation Series Stanford University is the home of interdisciplinary thinking that catalyzes innovation. Artists on the Future is a new conversation series that will pair world-famous artists with thought leaders from various fields to talk about issues vital to our society. These public events will bring those working at…

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Easy to Love: The Annual First-Year MFA Exhibition

February 5 12:00 am

Five dynamic artists from Stanford’s MFA program in Art Practice join forces for the first time to present an exhibition of their latest work. Brett Amory, Mad Luellen, Stuart Robertson, Hannah Subotnick, and Shirin Towfiq comb the near and far shores of an ocean laden with metaphor. Their works hug the line between the difficult and the lighthearted and tackle themes environmental and urban, intergenerational and intercultural, of everyday processes gone awry and the sheer joy of making it happen.…

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Richard Serra’s Sequence Returns

February 6 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sometimes a work of art leaves both metaphorical and physical marks, causing us to consider the physical space it occupied, as well as its impact, long after it’s gone. Such is the case with Richard Serra’s massive steel sculpture Sequence (2006), one of the distinguished artist’s greatest achievements. On loan and housed from 2011 to 2015 outdoors, near the Cantor’s North Lawn, Sequence literally left behind its footprint, reminding visitors where all 235 tons of it once stood. And now, after being indoors at SFMOMA for the past several years, Sequence is returning to the Cantor…

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Art Focus Lectures | Stanford University: Founding Visions & Turning Points

February 6 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

The Stanford University campus fosters a dynamic culture that supports high academic and research standards and nurtures well-rounded students—all in a setting that leverages the juxtaposition of the serious and the irreverent. This is also evident in the contrast of the central campus and the open space of the foothills. This presentation explores how Stanford continues to reinvent and translate the original vision of the founders in its planning and architecture. Specifically, this lecture will highlight the transformation of the arts district, and recently completed projects including the…

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An Evening with Critic Roberta Smith and Curator Jason Andrew: About Elizabeth Murray With An Eye on Art Today

February 6 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Roberta Smith is the co-chief art critic of The New York Times. Roberta reviewed Elizabeth Murray’s work in May 1975 issue of Artforum, wrote a major essay for Murray’s mid-career retrospective in 1987, and in Murray’s obituary, Smith called her a “New York painter who reshaped Modernist abstraction.” Jason Andrew is an independent curator and producer, archivist and writer. He the founding partner at Artist Estate Studio, which manages the Estate of Elizabeth Murray.  This event coincides with Spotlight on Elizabeth Murray at the Anderson Collection, on view…

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Oskar von Hinüber: “The Buddha and History”

February 7 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Earlier this year David Drewes published an article entitled „The Idea of the historical Bud-dha,“ in which he reviewed the opinions of selected western Buddhologists on whether or not the Buddha was a historical person and, in conclusion, denied the existence of the Bud-dha. As D. Drewes exclusively draws on secondary literature to demonstrate his point, it seems worthwhile to go back to the sources in order to evaluate their age and to trace pos-sibly early fragments containing information…

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The Canticle of the Birds: Part II

February 7 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

**Please note this is a two-part lecture** The Iranian mystic `Attâr’s magnificent early 13th-century Persian-language Sufi epic in verse, the Manteq-ot-Tayr or “Canticle of the Birds”, tells of the quest of all the world’s birds, symbolizing human souls, to find the mythical Sun-Bird (Sîmorgh) to be their ruler. In 1487, Sultan Husayn Mîrzâ of Herât (in what is now Afghanistan) commissioned the world’s most beautiful manuscript of the poem illustrated by the finest artists in his kingdom including the renowned Master…

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Flight, Diaspora, Identity, & Afterlife: A Symposium on the Art of Michael Richards

February 8 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

Presented by the Department of Art & Art History in conjunction with the exhibition Michael Richards: Winged, on view at the Stanford Art Gallery from January 22 through March 24, 2019, this symposium brings together a preeminent group of artists and Stanford scholars to explore and discuss themes Richards addressed throughout his life and artistic practice, including flight, diaspora, identity, and afterlife, specifically in the context of historic and ongoing social injustice and racial inequity. Free and open to the…

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Second Sunday: Family Day

February 10 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

CANTOR ARTS CENTER & THE ANDERSON COLLECTION Drop-in Studio: Experiment with art materials and new techniques by participating in a hands-on art making experience. All visitors, regardless of age, ability, or familiarity with the creative process, are encouraged to participate.Art Packs: Check out an Art Pack that includes themed activities for visitors of all ages and supplies for sketching while visiting the galleries. Cantor Events:Sunday Spotlight: 15-minute gallery talk for all ages. Talks start at 11:30am and continue throughout the day on the half hour…

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