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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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Alexander Nemerov on Pollock and de Kooning: Two poems

January 23 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Alexander Nemerov, Department Chair of Art & Art History and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, as he explores the museum’s newest acquisitions through poetry. The conversation will take place in the galleries in front of Jackson Pollock’s Totem Lesson I and Willem de Kooning’s Gansevoort Street. No registration required. Seating is limited.

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Selma

January 25 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Film with Live Score: Jason Moran & Marvin Sewell  The 2014 Oscar-winning movie—starring Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and Tessa Thompson—tells the story of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Protesting segregationist repression and led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and now-U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA.), it helped lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year. Jazz pianist Jason Moran joins the Wordless Music Orchestra to provide the film with a live score.

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Film Screening: The Burnt City

January 28 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The documentary feature film “The Burnt City” (Shahre Sukhte), produced and directed by Nasser Pooyesh, explores one of the historic wonders of Iran, indeed of the world. The Burnt City, located in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, began to be inhabited more than 3,000 years B.C.E. The discovery is considered an archeological finding for the ages, and the film offers rare insight into its discovery and the civilization that inhabited it. *Film is in Persian/Farsi with English subtitles. Screening will be followed…

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Visiting Artist Lecture: Slavs & Tatars

January 29 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Transliterative Tease, 2013-present Through the lens of phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, Transliterative Tease explores the potential for transliteration – the conversion of scripts – as a strategy equally of resistance and research into notions such as identity politics, colonialism, and faith. The lecture-performance focuses on the Turkic languages of the former Soviet Union, as well as the eastern and western frontiers of the Turkic sphere, namely Anatolia and Xinjiang/Uighuristan. Lenin believed that the revolution of the east begins with…

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Film: Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present

January 30 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1946, Marina Abramović has had a long career of pushing the boundaries and concepts of the medium of performance as a visual art form.  In 2010 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Abramović engaged in an extended performance called, The Artist Is Present. Seated silently at a wooden table across from an empty chair, she waited as people took turns sitting in the chair and locking eyes with her. Over the course of nearly three…

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Film Screening: “Becoming Who I Was”

January 30 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Film Screening: “Becoming Who I Was” (2016) Directors: Moon Chang-yong, Jeon Jin Professor James Gentry will introduce the film and take questions after the showing. “After being identified as the reincarnation of a venerated Buddhist master, young Padma Angdu makes an arduous journey with his aging guardian from Northern India to Tibet to find his rightful place in the world.” Co-Sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford This event belongs to the following series: Tibetan Studies Initiative

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February 2020

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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Bali Sahota – “The Little Clay Cart on the Way to Epic Theater”

February 6 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

If, as one of his contemporaries claims, the classic Sanskrit play The Little Clay Cart planted the seed for what would evolve as Bertolt Brecht’s hallmark epic theater, one might ask what it was about the play that suggests alternatives to Western models? What were the implications of these alternatives in the revolutionary tumult of the Weimar Republic in which Brecht encountered and espoused Marxism as his primary political outlook?  Apart from attempting to answer these questions, this presentation will also look…

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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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Left of Center: Student Curator Talks

February 15 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Left of Center: Five Years of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University is the first fully student-curated exhibition created for the museum. Join one of the graduate students from Stanford Department of Art and Art History for an informative talk in the galleries in which they share their reflections on the exhibit, the artworks, and the artists.

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Weintz Art Lecture Series: Rosalyn Deutsche

February 20 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History’s J. Fred Weintz and Rosemary Weintz Art Lecture Series presents “Christopher D’Arcangelo’s Elliptical Interruptions,” a lecture by Rosalyn Deutsche, professor of art history at Barnard College. In 1975, a very young artist named Christopher D’Arcangelo chained himself to the main doors of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art. That same year, he staged related guerilla performances at the city’s other major art museums. These actions, occupations, or demonstration/questions, as D’Arcangelo variously called…

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Rite of Spring

February 21 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Yang Liping  Chinese dance legend and renowned choreographer Yang Liping—a 2018 judge on So You Think You Can Dance: China—brings her stunning reimagining of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to Stanford. A product of her native Chinese culture intermingled with the Tibetan concept of nature and life, Liping’s Rite of Spring spins an abstract legend of the path of salvation embodied by the sacrificial peacock. Through spectacular set design and exquisite costumes, the production creates a distinctive universe where time, space, and life coexist in endless…

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Gallery Talk | Medium is the Message: Art since 1950

February 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the Cantor’s assistant curator of American art, Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, as she discusses the current exhibition The Medium Is the Message: Art since 1950. Featuring a wide range of work from the Cantor’s collection, the show explores the relationship between subject, content, and the materials that informed each object’s production. Viewed collectively, these works suggest that an exploration of medium is one way of challenging dominant discourses around art, culture, and history. IMAGE: Titus Kaphar (U.S.A., b. 1976), Page 4 of…

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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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Author Talk: Jenny Odell

February 27 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Author Jenny Odell is an multi-disciplinary artist and writer based in Oakland, California. Her work generally involves acts of close observation, whether it’s birdwatching, collecting screen shots, or trying to parse bizarre forms of e-commerce. Her visual work has been exhibited at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, the New York Public Library, Ever Gold Projects, the Marjorie Barrick Museum (Las Vegas), Les Rencontres D’Arles, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, Fotomuseum Winterthur, La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), the Lishui Photography Festival (China), the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, apexart (NY), East Wing (Dubai),…

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March 2020

“Court Music and Dances from Japan: A Gagaku Performance by The Hideaki Bunno Gagaku Ensemble”

March 3 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Maestro Hideaki Bunno, former Director of the Gagaku Orchestra at the Tokyo Imperial Palace and living national treasure of Japan, brings to California his new Gagaku ensemble, composed of former directors of the Imperial Palace Orchestra as lead instrumentalists as well as major Gagaku musicians from all over Japan. Maestro Bunno is the 36th generation of a family that has transmitted the art of the shō (a type of mouth organ, an instrument unique to Gagaku) for more than 1300…

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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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Christensen Distinguished Lecture: Jacqueline Stewart

March 12 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art and Art History’s Christensen Distinguished Lecture presents “Then a Negro, Now a Black, Still a Brother: William Greaves and the Temporalities of Black Documentary,” a lecture by Jacqueline Stewart, professor of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago. In 1968, prolific documentary filmmaker William Greaves produced Still A Brother: Inside the Negro Middle Class (1968) for National Educational Television (NET). The film offers complex historical and psychological analysis of the transition from “Negro” to “Black”…

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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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Left of Center: Student Curator Talks

March 21 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Left of Center: Five Years of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University is the first fully student-curated exhibition created for the museum. Join one of the graduate students from Stanford Department of Art and Art History for an informative talk in the galleries in which they share their reflections on the exhibit, the artworks, and the artists.

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April 2020

Paper Chase: Ten Years of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Cantor

April 3 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Experience over 100 acquisitions to the Cantor’s collection that investigate issues of identity, social justice, and humanity’s changing relationship with nature. IMAGE: Ambreen Butt (Pakistan, b. 1969), Untitled, 2008. Hard ground and soft ground etching, aquatint, spitbite aquatint, drypoint, and chine collé, with hand-coloring. Palmer Gross Ducommun Fund, 2011.38.5 Admission Info Cantor Arts Center: Open Wed-Mon, 11am – 5pm, Thurs until 8pm. CLOSED TUES

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