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May 2019

Public Tour | Memorial Church

May 26 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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The Cantor Arts Center is open Memorial Day, May 27!

May 27 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spend the day visiting special exhibitions on view, plus new works and acquisitions recently installed in our galleries. Don’t miss out on free parking available at certain lots around campus.  IMAGE: Artist unknown, U.S.A., Small United States Flag. Fabric and beads. Stanford Family Collections, JLS.17874. On view in the Stanford Family Room Admission Info Cantor Arts Center: Open Wed-Mon, 11am – 5pm, Thurs until 8pm.Always free. CLOSED TUES

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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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Outdoor Film Screening: Kerry Tribe’s “Exquisite Corpse”

May 28 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Bring your friends, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy this special event! The screening marks the first day of the installation at the museum of Kerry Tribe’s film, Exquisite Corpse (2016), with the film running in the Wisch Family Gallery through July 29. The artist will be introducing her film before the screening. Exquisite Corpse traces the fifty-one-mile Los Angeles River from its origin in the San Fernando Valley to its terminus at the Pacific Ocean, over the course of fifty-one minutes. Throughout the…

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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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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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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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Film Screening: Vija Celmins: 4 Decades

May 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Vija Celmins is one of the most important artists of the postwar generation. She is best known for her drawings of the ocean and the galaxies of the night sky. These brilliant works were mostly realized during a seventeen year period when she stopped painting altogether in order to explore drawing. In her forty year retrospective at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles she recalls her beginnings in abstraction, her choices of subject matter after she freed herself of the New…

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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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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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Traversing China’s Multiethnic Passage: Jingui Zhang’s Solo Art

June 6 12:00 am

In the vast multiethnic land of southwest China, there reside many minority groups. The renowned Chinese sociologist Fei Xiaotong called the intersections between Sichuan, Yunnan, and Tibet China’s “ethnic passage,” which is home to a multitude of non-Han groups such as the Qiang, Yi, and the Tibetans. Mr. Jingui Zhang, a graduate of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, also a native of Sichuan, has devoted over thirty years in studying and artistically depicting the multiethnic cultural heritages of this unique…

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Exhibit Opening: Traversing China’s Multiethnic Passage –Jingui Zhang’s Solo Art

June 6 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us in room 224 of the East Asia Library for a reception to commemorate the opening of our new exhibition, entitled “Traversing China’s Multiethnic Passage: Jingui Zhang’s Solo Art.”  The curator, Dr. Yanshuo Zhang, will give some brief remarks introducing the exhibition.  Light refreshments will be served.

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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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First Friday: For Stanford Students

June 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. Study Hall: Celebrate the beginning of exams at the Cantor: quiet study spaces in the galleries, artmaking bar, and free coffee and donuts. 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…

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2019: A SLOrk Odyssey — A Concert of New Frontiers

June 8 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) will present new works for the full ensemble — music made at the intersection of humans, computers, hemispherical speaker arrays, new instruments, and novel musical spaces. This year, SLOrk will explore a number of new frontiers, including computer-mediated paper puppetry, SLOrk musical lanterns (“slanterns”), a computer music assimilation of Star Trek, a musical journey in VR, a sonic contemplation of plastic in our world, soundscapes in feedback, the very first laptop opera (“laptopera”), and more.…

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Public Tour | Memorial Church

June 30 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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July 2019

Public Tour | Memorial Church

July 28 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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August 2019

Public Tour | Memorial Church

August 25 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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September 2019

The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford

September 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

When Leland Stanford Jr. died unexpectedly just before his 16th birthday, he had already established himself as a dedicated collector who showed extraordinary curiosity about the world. The museum, founded 125 years ago in conjunction with the opening of the university that bears his name, was to provide education and serve as a reminder of young Leland’s enthusiasm for collecting.  To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the Cantor Arts Center has invited Mark Dion, known for his work on the history…

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Museums by Moonlight

September 28 12:00 am

The Stanford art museums’ re-imagined gala, Museums by Moonlight, is set for September 28, 2019. This signature fundraising event benefits access to visual art at the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, with a celebratory night under the stars. The first part of the evening, Dinner in the Garden, offers an artful cocktail hour and a uniquely designed dining experience. This is followed by The After Party, which brings together guests for a night of live…

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Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

September 29 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is the first solo museum show for Harlem-based artist Jordan Casteel. Featuring paintings made in the last five years, Casteel’s large-scale portraits of Harlem community members are intimate portrayals of often overlooked members of society. In her own words, “I’ve always had an inclination toward seeing people who might be easily unseen.” Casteel’s deeply empathetic approach to portraiture makes her one of the most important emerging artists working today.Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is organized…

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October 2019

Contemplation By Design Summit

October 29 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Free events will be offered Oct. 29 – Nov. 7, 2019 to further balance, tranquility, resilience, and creative excellence. CBD Summit participants will have the opportunity to take a break from their high-level output of productivity and innovation in order to rest and renew the mind-body-spirit. The full 2019 Summit schedule will be posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit.php. Registration will open on September 10, 2019. All events are FREE. Contemplation By Design is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, campus-wide program cultivating resileince, well-being and…

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January 2020

Selma

January 25, 2020 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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February 2020

Rite of Spring

February 21, 2020 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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