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September 2018

Case Studies: Damien Hirst’s The Void

September 24 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Focusing on one particular object on view, Case Studies is a series of public conversations between art historians and faculty from other disciplines. Case Studies is the first of several new programs designed to heighten the Cantor’s role as a campus hub for critical inquiry and cross-disciplinary discourse on the visual arts. Damien Hirst’s The VoidDuring fall quarter 2018, Case Studies will be devoted to Damien Hirst’s The Void. Filled with thousands of colorful pills fabricated by the artist, The Void resembles a gigantic, mirrored medicine…

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Videographic Frankenstein

September 26 12:00 am

An Exhibition of Creative and Scholarly VideoCurated by Shane Denson, Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818, Videographic Frankenstein reflects on the novel’s visual legacy across more than a century of adaptation in film, television, and other media. The exhibition foregrounds scholarly and creative work that utilizes digital video for a self-reflexive analysis of moving-image media. This self-reflexive methodology is particularly appropriate for the study of Frankenstein and its many cinematic adaptations: the cinema itself works by stitching together “dead” photographic traces of the past…

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Cien Años de Alegría: Celebrating Fernando Alegría’s Centennial

September 26 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fernando Alegría (1918-2005), Stanford Professor of Latin American Literature, award-winning novelist, poet, and literary critic, spent much of his life away from his native Chile, living and teaching in the United States. Special screening of Viva Chile M…! The film follows Alegria’s life through his poetry,with testimonials from those who knew him best. Followed by Q & A with the film producer Marcia Campos Free and open to the public but MUST reserve HERE.

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Art21: Art in the 21st Century Season 9 Premiere: Berlin

September 27 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The only series on television in the U.S. to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists, Art in the Twenty-First Century is a Peabody Award-winning biennial program that allows viewers to observe the artists at work, watch as they transform inspiration into art, and hear how they struggle with both the physical and visual challenges of achieving their visions.

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Contact Warhol: Photography Without End

September 29 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

See the first public display of images from the Cantor’s remarkable archive of Andy Warhol’s photographic contact sheets, along with other examples of the artist’s iconic work. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue are organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Office of the President, Stanford University. Please be advised that some images in this exhibition may not be appropriate for young viewers. IMAGE: Andy Warhol (U.S.A.,…

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October 2018

Presence: The 5th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

October 2 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents Presence, The 5th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, on view in the Stanford Art Gallery from October 2 through December 2, 2018, with a reception on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 5-7 PM. The extraordinary creativity found throughout the Stanford student body can be witnessed once again in our fifth annual juried exhibition. The works of art in this exhibit come from across campus, from students studying in a wide range of fields and from recent…

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Dürer’s Knots: A Wired Renaissance | Susan Dackerman, John & Jill Freidenrich Director, Cantor Arts Center

October 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Dürer’s Knots: A Wired Renaissance Around 1507, the German artist Albrecht Dürer created a set of six woodcut “knots,” ornamental images based on Islamic metalwork. The knots embody the entwined networks of early modern European and Islamic artisanal and industrial practices. These works also speak to the movement of natural resources and manufactured goods along trade routes within Europe and across the Mediterranean. The talk presents research for a forthcoming exhibition on Dürer and the Islamic world. Image: Susan Dackerman, John & Jill…

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Art21: Art in the 21st Century Season 9 Premiere: San Francisco Bay Area

October 4 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The only series on television in the U.S. to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists, Art in the Twenty-First Century is a Peabody Award-winning biennial program that allows viewers to observe the artists at work, watch as they transform inspiration into art, and hear how they struggle with both the physical and visual challenges of achieving their visions.

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Gallery Talk: Roger Steffens “Vietnam, Psyops, & Born on the Fourth of July”

October 5 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

About the Speakers Roger Steffens (b. 1942) is a Brooklyn, New York born actor, author, lecturer, reggae archivist, photographer and producer. Steffens began photographing while serving in Vietnam. His work in the Psychological Operations (Psyops) Unit lead him to found a refugee campaign for which he was awarded a Bronze Star. During the final 26 months of the 1960s, Steffens witnessed the Tet Offensive and worked from the DMZ to the Mekong Delta with a wide variety of other nationalities…

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Taking Charge of Your Education: Pathways for Humanities PhDs

October 9 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the School of Humanities & Sciences for wine and cheese and a chance to meet fellow grads in other humanities and arts departments, as well as a variety of campus leaders. Lanier Anderson (Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts) and Matthew Tiews (Associate Vice President for the Arts) will speak briefly about how you can take advantage of Stanford’s resources to plan broadly for your future. We will also distribute a guide to key professional development opportunities for…

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Exhibit Reception – “East Asia at Hoover” & “Hand and Eye”

October 10 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please RSVP here. Join us for a reception to celebrate two exhibits and two anniversaries.  The reception will begin at Hoover Tower with a viewing of the “East Asia at Hoover: Collections of War, Revolution, & Peace” exhibit, in celebration of Hoover Institution’s 100th anniversary this year.  Then we will walk to the East Asia Library (approximately 5-7 minutes) to view the “Hand and Eye: Contemporary Reflections of East Asian Ceramic Traditions” exhibit, in celebration of the Center for East Asian…

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Videographic Deformations: How (and Why) to Break Your Favorite Films | Jason Mittell

October 10 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Deformative criticism has emerged as an innovative site of critical practice within media studies and digital humanities, revealing new insights into media texts by “breaking” them in controlled or chaotic ways. Media scholars are particularly well situated to such experimentation, as many of our objects of study exist in digital forms that lend themselves to wide-ranging manipulation. Building on Jason Mittell’s experiments with Singin’ in the Rain and his “Frankenstein’s Television” video (included in Stanford’s Videographic Frankenstein exhibit), this presentation discusses a…

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OPENING RECEPTION | Presence: The 5th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

October 11 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents Presence, The 5th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, on view in the Stanford Art Gallery from October 2 through December 2, 2018, with a reception on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 5-7 PM. The extraordinary creativity found throughout the Stanford student body can be witnessed once again in our fifth annual juried exhibition. The works of art in this exhibit come from across campus, from students studying in a wide range of fields and from recent…

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Screening and Discussion: Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray

October 11 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray is an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking artist Elizabeth Murray who broke convention and made an indelible imprint on contemporary art. The film will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director and producer, Kristi Zea and Elizabeth Murray’s daughter, Daisy Murray Holman.  The film explores the relationship between Murray’s family life and career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. Verité footage, home videos and excerpts from her journals, voiced by Meryl Streep, tell of Murray’s…

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Lecture: Blackboard

October 11 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Curator Yinshi Lerman-Tan, PhD candidate in the Department of Art and Art History, speaks about the exhibition Blackboard, which brings together works that imitate, resemble, or feature a blackboard, to consider the relationship between art and education. The “blackboards” on view interrogate schooling, authority, literacy, form, and color. Blackboard will be a part of the 50 State Initiative organized by For Freedoms, a platform for artists and museums to encourage civic engagement. IMAGE: Claes Oldenburg (U.S.A., b. Sweden, b. 1929), M.…

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Fall IDA Open House

October 12 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We welcome our beloved community to gather and share in music, food, artmaking, and performances. Whether you are a regular fixture in the Harmony House or hearing about us for the first time, we invite you to kick it with us and find out more about who we are!

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The 2018 Ruth K. Franklin Lecture on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas: El Anatsui in Conversation

October 17 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Internationally acclaimed artist, El Anatsui will be in conversation with Sylvester Ogbechie, professor of art history, UC Santa Barbara. The work Uwa by the artist is in the Cantor’s permanent collection and is currently on view in the Thomas K. Seligman gallery. Anatsui is known for large-scale sculptures, composed of resources typically discarded, that draw connections between consumption, waste, and the environment. We gratefully acknowledge support from the Ruth K. Franklin Lecture and Symposium Fund. IMAGE: ©El Anatsui. Courtesy of the…

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Case Studies: Damien Hirst’s The Void

October 18 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Focusing on one particular object on view, Case Studies is a series of public conversations between art historians and faculty from other disciplines. Case Studies is the first of several new programs designed to heighten the Cantor’s role as a campus hub for critical inquiry and cross-disciplinary discourse on the visual arts. Damien Hirst’s The VoidDuring fall quarter 2018, Case Studies will be devoted to Damien Hirst’s The Void. Filled with thousands of colorful pills fabricated by the artist, The Void resembles a gigantic, mirrored medicine…

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Curator Talk: Queer Warhol

October 21 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The program examines Andy Warhol’s wide-ranging participation in the gay culture of the 1970s, from photographs of drag queens to sexually explicit imagery. A presentation by exhibition co-curator Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, will be followed by spotlight tours in the galleries. In the exhibition Contact Warhol, see the first public display of images from the Cantor’s remarkable archive of Andy Warhol’s photographic contact sheets, along with other examples of the artist’s iconic work. This…

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Wherein Waters Rise, Drought Advances and Migration of Species Becomes Inevitable

October 23 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Stanford Department of Art and Art History presents Wherein Waters Rise, Drought Advances and Migration of Species Becomes Inevitable. Artists Helen and Newton Harrison respond to climate change at three scales: The Bays at San Francisco, Green House Britain, and Peninsula Europe IV. Helen and Newton Harrison, whose archives were recently acquired by Stanford University, have been addressing the changing climate and its powerful impacts on culture since the early 1970s. Their artwork is speculative in nature, but grounded in their collaborations with scientists, architects, engineers, and politicians.…

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OPENING RECEPTION | Wherein Waters Rise, Drought Advances and Migration of Species Becomes Inevitable

October 23 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Stanford Department of Art and Art History presents Wherein Waters Rise, Drought Advances and Migration of Species Becomes Inevitable. Artists Helen and Newton Harrison respond to climate change at three scales: The Bays at San Francisco, Green House Britain, and Peninsula Europe IV. Helen and Newton Harrison, whose archives were recently acquired by Stanford University, have been addressing the changing climate and its powerful impacts on culture since the early 1970s. Their artwork is speculative in nature, but grounded in their collaborations with scientists, architects, engineers, and politicians.…

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Donna Zuckerberg (Eidolon), “‘How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes’: The Alt-Right’s Infatuation With Stoic Philosophy”

October 26 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Stoicism and the Alt-Right may seem to be an unlikely pairing: the far-right internet is motivated by irrational hatred and rage, traits that are fundamentally incompatible with Stoic thought. In this lecture, Donna Zuckerberg will explore the Red Pill community’s odd fascination with this ancient philosophy and the role classical antiquity plays in far-right online discourse. Donna Zuckerberg received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2014 and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eidolon, a prize-winning online Classics publication (www.eidolon.pub).…

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Gallery Talk Series: Painting Nature in the American Gilded Age

October 26 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Curator Melissa Yuen, curatorial fellow for American and European art to 1900, discusses the exhibition, which considers how nature was depicted by American artists from the 1880s to 1910, an era of unprecedented industrialization and urban development. Through landscapes, portraits, and still lifes, the exhibition highlights the importance of nature for artists and the public, both of whom increasingly were affected by machines, cities, and crowds. TALKS IN THIS SERIES: Friday, September 14, 12:30 PMFriday, October 26, 12:30 PM IMAGE: William…

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Film Screening | The Voice of Hagia Sophia

October 26 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Documentary film, 24 minutes, 2018 An acoustic and visual exploration of the 1500-year-old Hagia Sophia in Istabul (Turkey), built by emperor Justinian in the sixth century and recognized as the largest domed interior in the Mediterranean before the Renaissance rebuilding of St. Peter’s. For centuries, resonant voice and bounded light worked together in this magnificent interior to evoke the divine. Today as a museum, the function of the space has changed and no singing is allowed inside. Stanford’s interdisciplinary project…

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Photography, Archives, and Apophenia: Lukas Felzmann on the Intersection of Nature and Culture

October 29 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This lecture will trace Lukas Felzmann’s work across time and the western landscapes as seen through the lens of contemporary photography. From New Mexico and Nevada across California and all the way out to the Farallon Islands, Felzmann will talk about building archives and how this led him to book making, presenting work from all six of his monographs, focusing on and ending with Apophenia his most recent publication. Apophenia is the human tendency to perceive meaningful patterns with random…

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