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September 2017

Last Thursdays at the Anderson: Film Screening: Herb & Dorothy

September 28 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. They proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists including Sol LeWitt,…

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Gallery Talk: Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

September 28 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Please join Jennifer Carty, Assistant Curator at Cantor Arts Center, for a Gallery Talk in Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser. Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser explores several major bodies of work by celebrated Stanford-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian including video, photography, sculpture, and sound art. Katchadourian’s work reveals the creative potential, to use the artist’s words, that “lurks within the mundane.” Using ingenuity and humor, her practice encourages us to reinvigorate our own sense of curiosity and creativity, and to see our everyday surroundings as a…

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Film Screening: “Reza Abdoh: Theatre Visionary”

September 28 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Directed by Adam Soch, Reza Abdoh: Theatre Visionary (2015, 104 minutes) covers the extraordinary life of Iranian-born American theatrical maverick Reza Abdoh (1963-1995). Soch is an award-winning filmmaker and producer. Throughout the 1990s, he collaborated closely with Reza Abdoh on many of his most acclaimed productions, including Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice, Bogeyman, Tight Right White, and Quotations from a Ruined City. In many ways, Reza Abdoh resembles the seminal Romantic composer Franz Schubert. Both of these prodigiously talented artists reflected in…

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October 2017

Lasting Impressions of Pedro de Lemos: The Centennial Exhibition

October 3 12:00 am

Celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Stanford Art Gallery, the Department of Art & Art History presents Lasting Impressions of Pedro de Lemos: The Centennial Exhibition, on view October 3-December 3, 2017 with a reception on Thursday, October 5, 5-7pm. Pedro Joseph de Lemos (1882-1954) was the last nationally recognized leader of the American Arts & Crafts Movement.  In 1917 he resigned the directorship of the San Francisco Art Institute to become head of the Stanford University Museum (today’s Cantor…

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Taking Charge of Your Education: Pathways for Humanities PhDs

October 4 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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Opening Reception | Lasting Impressions of Pedro de Lemos: The Centennial Exhibition

October 5 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Stanford Art Gallery, the Department of Art & Art History presents Lasting Impressions of Pedro de Lemos: The Centennial Exhibition, on view October 3-December 3, 2017 with a reception on Thursday, October 5, 5-7pm. Pedro Joseph de Lemos (1882-1954) was the last nationally recognized leader of the American Arts & Crafts Movement.  In 1917 he resigned the directorship of the San Francisco Art Institute to become head of the Stanford University Museum (today’s Cantor…

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An Evening with National Geographic Photographer Randy Olson

October 5 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

We are proud to invite you to an evening lecture and screening of photographs by Randy Olson, one of the most celebrated documentary photographers working today. This is the second in our series of appearances at Stanford by internationally award-winning photographers; last Fall we hosted David Burnett, and in Winter quarter this year Ed Kashi will join us.  Randy Olson’s work has appeared in numerous publications, but he is best known as a National Geographic photographer. He has traveled to over fifty…

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Workforce & Learning Pathways In A Period Of Dynamic Change

October 6 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

The pipelines for highly skilled talent are global. Around the world, organizations compete aggressively to recruit the best and the brightest minds to invent a digital transformation. There is a shortage of highly skilled talent for the digital transformation. Older workers are now falling out of the workforce because they lack means to upgrade to the digital mindset and technologies. The pipeline of young STEM-savvy talent is not sufficient. Access to global talent, once a panacea for Silicon Valley and…

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Graduate Students Workshop: “Buddhist Theories of Embodiment”

October 7 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Graduate Students Workshop: “Foul Wombs, Lacquered Devices, and the Ancient Tampon: Reading (Critically) for Female Agency in Indian Buddhist Texts” Abstract: Scholarly literature on the female body in Indian Buddhism has focused on the extreme negativity of its representations and usually posited its bad effects on women.  Vinaya scholarship on Buddhist monasticism has emphasized its paternalism, assuming the creation and implementation of vinaya to be elite, androcentric, and rigidly hierarchical. This paper reconsiders the question of the agentive female in…

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Second Sunday: Family Day

October 8 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SECOND SUNDAY is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Registration is not required and families can tailor their museum experience based on their schedule and the activities that interest them most. OCTOBER: GET CURIOUSERActivities, workshops and performances inspired by the exhibition Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser CANTOR & ANDERSON 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…

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FILM: Divino Inferno [Rodin and The Gates of Hell]

October 12 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Divino Inferno [Rodin and The Gates of Hell] (2017)A film by Bruno AveillanWritten by Zoé Balthus and Bruno AveillanRunning time: 60 minutes Screening followed by a Q&A with Bruno Aveillan, Zoé Balthus and Dr. Jean Baptiste Chantoiseau, Editor at Musée Rodin (Paris). Produced by ARTE, National French Museum Guild (RMN), NOIR, and Quad & Fix Studio, the 60-minute documentary is based around one of Auguste Rodin’s most emblematic works, The Gates of Hell. Divino Inferno reveals the little-known story behind The Gates of Hell – one of the most enigmatic masterpieces in…

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Those First Flowers of the Americas: Cafà, Bernini, and ‘Soft Sculpture’ at the Crossroads | Shawon Kinew

October 16 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents Those first flowers of the Americas: Cafà, Bernini, and ‘soft sculpture’ at the crossroads, a lecture by Shawon Kinew.  In 1670, a sculpture of Rose of Lima carved of Carrara marble —weighing approximately 1.6 tons— was shipped from Rome, traversing a sea, an ocean, an isthmus, and cruising along the Pacific coast, before finally landing in Lima, Peru. Carved by Melchiorre Cafà in the beautiful “soft style” of Roman Baroque art, the…

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InTransit: 4th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

October 17 12:00 am

The Stanford Department of Art & Art History presents InTransit, the 4th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, on view October 17 through December 3, 2017 with a reception on Thursday, October 19, from 4-6pm. This exhibition features a selection of artwork made by undergraduates, campus wide. “It is very refreshing to see the creativity and energy thriving among our undergraduates. InTransit is only a sample of a wider experience across disciplines that our students engage in throughout different departments. We tried…

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The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford

October 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This exhibition showcases Buddhist manuscripts and prints held at the Cantor and in Stanford libraries, ranging in dates from around the 11th century to the early 20th century, and coming from various parts of the traditional Buddhist world, from Sri Lanka to Japan. The Buddha’s Word highlights the written word not simply as the visual counterpart to speech but as a thing of beauty and sacredness in and of itself. IMAGE: Artist unknown (Nepal, 12th C.), Pages from a Manuscript of…

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The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution

October 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery, Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery at the Cantor Arts Center and the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 this exhibition examines the political, social, and cultural upheavals that transformed Russia in the final decades of the Romanov dynasty and the first years of Soviet Communism. Jointly organized by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and the Cantor Arts Center, this dual-site exhibition features a wide variety of art objects and…

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Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformations

October 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This exhibition presents a focused look at caves and kilns, aka “earthly hollows,” as symbolic and physical passages of transformation. Drawing from Cantor’s rich collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art, Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformations examines the dynamic ways in which caves, be they mountain grottoes or kilns, tunnel-like chambers made of earth and clay, interface mundane and mystical realms. This exhibition presents a focused look at caves and kilns, aka “earthly hollows,” as symbolic and physical passages of…

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The Destruction of Hood’s Ordnance Train: A Love Story | Professor Alex Nemerov

October 18 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents The Destruction of Hood’s Ordnance Train: A Love Story, a lecture by Professor Alexander Nemerov, Chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities.  How is something that is not there still present in a photograph?  What is the importance of seeing a photograph in this way? This lecture is free and open to the public with advance registration Image: George Barnard, Destruction of Hood’s Ordnance Train, 1864.…

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Opening Reception | InTransit: 4th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

October 19 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Stanford Department of Art & Art History presents InTransit, the 4th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, on view October 17 through December 3, 2017 with a reception on Thursday, October 19, from 4-6pm. This exhibition features a selection of artwork made by undergraduates, campus wide. “It is very refreshing to see the creativity and energy thriving among our undergraduates. InTransit is only a sample of a wider experience across disciplines that our students engage in throughout different departments. We tried…

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Artist Talk: Nina Katchadourian

October 19 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Brooklyn-based artist, Nina Katchadourian, discusses her artistic practice and the exhibition Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser on view in Pigott Family Gallery at Cantor Arts Center from September 15, 2017 – January 7, 2018. This program is free and open to the public. No tickets or registration is required. Doors open at 6pm. Katchadourian: Curiouser explores several major bodies of work by celebrated Stanford-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968), including video, photography, sculpture, and sound art. Katchadourian’s work reveals the creative…

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Performance: The On Hold Music Dance Party

October 19 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for dancing after hours at Cantor Arts Center. The On Hold Music Dance Party, a concept invented by artist Nina Katchadourian, is a dance party consisting of music and other sounds recorded entirely from phone calls where she was placed on hold. Collaborating with DJ Shakey (Julie Covello) and DJ Stylus (Gabriel Willow), Katchadourian (DJ Dusty) spins this raw material into a surprisingly dynamic and extremely danceable set. The On Hold Music Dance Party  will be performed from 9…

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Gallery Talk: The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford

October 21 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Please join Ellen Huang, Curatorial Fellow, Asian Art at Cantor Arts Center, Paul Harrison, George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University, and Michaela Mross, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University for a gallery talk in The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford. The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford showcases Buddhist manuscripts and prints held at the Cantor and in Stanford libraries, ranging in dates from around the 11th century to the early 20th century, and coming from various parts of…

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Gallery Talk: Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformation

October 21 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join Ellen Huang, Curatorial Fellow, Asian Art at Cantor Arts Center for a gallery talk in Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformation. Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformation presents a focused look at caves and kilns, aka “earthly hollows,” as symbolic and physical passages of transformation. Drawing from Cantor’s rich collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art, Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformation examines the dynamic ways in which caves, be they mountain grottoes or kilns, tunnel-like chambers made…

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Between Information Aesthetics and Design Amplification | Professor Claus Pias

October 23 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Media, Architecture, and Computing (ca. 1970) Around the year 1970, “technocratic” themes such as planning theory, semiotics, mathematics, cybernetics, and designs based on algorithms and set theory became widespread aspects of architecture. A juxtaposition of the “Stuttgart School” and the “Architecture Machine Group” will reveal the fundamental differences between the reception of cybernetics in Germany and the United States. Whereas in Germany the discussion centered on scientific aesthetics, a computer-based critique of art, and the promises of quantification and objectivity,…

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DLCL Fall Film Series Screening: Rivers and Tides (2001) Thomas Riedelsheimer

October 25 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Riedelsheimer’s documentary Rivers and Tides offers a rare glimpse of the creations of British environmentalist artist Andy Goldsworthy.  Goldsworthy’s works, created in natural settings from local materials including rocks, leaves, icicles, and mud, challenge notions of the proper setting, audience, and purpose of art, even as arguably some of the most natural artworks one might create.  The film Rivers and Tides allows these uniquely fleeting works to be preserved on screen as it dives deeply into the creative process of…

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The Russian Revolution Comes to Stanford: Alexander Kerensky on Campus

October 26 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Speaker: Bertrand M. Patenaude, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution Alexander Kerensky was the charismatic leader of the Provisional Government that held a tenuous grip on power in Russia between the fall of the Romanovs in February 1917 and the storming to power of the Bolsheviks in the October Revolution. Kerensky first visited Stanford in 1955 and spent much of the next ten years on campus, conducting research in the Hoover Library & Archives, teaching seminars, giving guest lectures, and appearing on…

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The Destruction of Hood’s Ordnance Train: A Love Story | Professor Alex Nemerov

October 26 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents The Destruction of Hood’s Ordnance Train: A Love Story, a lecture by Professor Alexander Nemerov, Chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities.  How is something that is not there still present in a photograph?  What is the importance of seeing a photograph in this way? This lecture is free and open to the public with advance registration (opens early September) Image: George Barnard, Destruction of Hood’s…

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Gallery Talk: In Dialogue: African Arts

October 26 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Amanda M. Maples, Curatorial Fellow for African and Indigenous American Art, discusses In Dialogue: African Arts. In Dialogue represents the vibrant and dynamic arts of the continent and its diasporas. Drawing primarily from the Cantor’s own collection, it considers the arts of Africa to be rooted in a deep and rich history that is locally, as much as globally, connected. The exhibition will prompt the viewer, both new to and familiar with African arts, to wonder — who, where, when, why and even…

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November 2017

2017 Contemplation by Design Summit: Nov 1 – Nov 9

November 1 12:00 am

SAVE THE DATES Free events will be offered Nov. 1-9, 2017 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 2017 Summit schedule is posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit.php

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About Face: Intimacy and Abstraction in Photographic Portraits

November 1 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This exhibition considers the voyeuristic intimacy of the close-up portrait in thirteen photographs by celebrated photographers Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, John Gutmann, Barbara Morgan, and Edward Weston. Dating from the 1920s to the early 1940s, each striking photograph captures a likeness and the mood set by the subject’s personality. Taken in close proximity  or  cropped  in the darkroom,  they present  their  subjects  in great detail but also allow passages of abstraction  to emerge from  the  clean  geometry of  the compositions.IMAGE:…

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In Search of Miki: Hayakawa, a “Forgotten” American/Japanese/Woman Artist in Pre-WWII California | ShiPu Wang

November 1 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

THE OTHER AMERICAN MODERNS: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda Hayakawa ShiPu Wang, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Merced, recounts his circuitous pursuit of the “lost” paintings of Hayakawa (ミキ早川, 1899-1953), a critically-acclaimed California artist who is largely unknown today. Through piecing together scattered details of Hayakawa’s enigmatic life, Wang recovers an Exclusion-era history of a vibrant, multi-racial/cultural artistic community in which the artist and her compatriots defiantly thrived. This talk is drawn from Wang’s new book, The…

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Whose city? Reclaiming public space as a step towards municipal approach to politics in Belgrade

November 2 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Photographer Luka Knežević-Strika will deliver a lecture on the topic: “Whose city? Reclaiming public space as a step towards municipal approach to politics in Belgrade.” More details to be announced.

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In Conversation: Jed Perl with Alexander S. C. Rower

November 2 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jed Perl, art critic and writer, discusses his new book Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898 – 1940 with Alexander S. C. Rower, President of the Calder Foundation. Perl’s book is the first ever biography of Alexander Calder, the acclaimed twentieth-century sculptor. This program is presented in collaboration with PACE Palo Alto. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the program. This program is free and open to the public, but seating…

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Jenny Q Chai

November 2 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for an evening of multimedia works for piano, electronics, and video with Jenny Q Chai. An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With radical joie de vivre and razor-sharp intention, Chai creates layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, fashion, and art. “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” – New…

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CBD 2017: Tea Ceremony: An experiential contemplative practice

November 5 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Enjoy the tranquility of the tea-brewing process and appreciate the history of Chinese tea ceremonies in this culturally rooted contemplative practice. Attendees will learn about the origins and related cultural activities of the Chinese tea ceremony, then participate in a ceremony themselves alongside a host. Learn how the simple act of making tea can become an experience of shared presence, relaxation, and honoring of tradition. The ceremony will also feature a contemplative performance from the Stanford Chinese Music Ensemble. Chairs…

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CBD 2017: Walking Meditation and Contemplation of Memorial Church Inscriptions

November 7 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Join us in the awe-inspiring tranquility of Memorial Church for a walking meditation. The event will be centered on the inscriptions carved in the sandstone interior walls of this beautiful sacred space. Assembled by Jane Stanford, these inscriptions represent a collection of instructive and inspirational quotes to nourish the soul and spirit. Facilitators: The Rev. Joanne Sanders, D.Min, Associate Dean for Religious Life at Stanford, preaches and presides regularly at services in Memorial Church. She has brought contemplative practices such…

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Gallery Talk: In Dialogue: African Arts

November 8 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Amanda M. Maples, Curatorial Fellow for African and Indigenous American Art, discusses In Dialogue: African Arts. In Dialogue represents the vibrant and dynamic arts of the continent and its diasporas. Drawing primarily from the Cantor’s own collection, it considers the arts of Africa to be rooted in a deep and rich history that is locally, as much as globally, connected. The exhibition will prompt the viewer, both new to and familiar with African arts, to wonder — who, where, when, why and even…

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“Daihannya Tendoku-e” Performed by Karyōbinga Shōmyō Kenkyūkai

November 10 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kashōken, an internationally renowned ensemble of Japanese Shingon priests, will perform a Daihannya Tendoku, a “rolling reading” of the Great Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom (Mahāprajñāpāramitā sūtra) at the Memorial Church of Stanford University. The Daihannya Tendoku is one of the most important rituals of Japanese Buddhism. It features the Great Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom, one of the central texts of Mahayana Buddhism, and with 600 fascicles also the longest text in the Buddhist canon. Since the…

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Ani Choying Drolma: “Buddhist Chants and Songs”

November 11 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Choying Drolma was born in Kathmandu, Nepal to Tibetan refugee parents in 1971. Her education and spiritual training were supervised by the renowned meditation master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. She was well-trained in Buddhist meditation, chants, rituals and ceremonies performance, and was quickly advanced to the position of chanting master in the nunnery. Her singing talent was first discovered by the famous American guitarist Steve Tibbetts, during his visit to Nagi Gompa. Thanks to Steve Tibbett’s effort, Ani Choying Drolma’s first…

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Second Sunday: Family Day

November 12 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SECOND SUNDAY is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Registration is not required and families can tailor their museum experience based on their schedule and the activities that interest them most. CANTOR & ANDERSON 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…

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Gallery Talk: In Dialogue: African Arts

November 15 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Amanda M. Maples, Curatorial Fellow for African and Indigenous American Art, discusses Uwa by El Anatsui. In Dialogue represents the vibrant and dynamic arts of the continent and its diasporas. Drawing primarily from the Cantor’s own collection, it considers the arts of Africa to be rooted in a deep and rich history that is locally, as much as globally, connected. The exhibition will prompt the viewer, both new to and familiar with African arts, to wonder — who, where, when, why and even what is…

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Studio Lecture Series: Nicola López

November 16 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Human-built Structures: Giants, Hybrids and Unnatural Systems Born in Santa Fe, NM, Nicola López lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Columbia University in New York City.  Through her work in installation, drawing and printmaking, López describes and reconfigures our contemporary—primarily urban—landscape.  Her focus on describing ‘place’ stems from an interest in urban planning, architecture and anthropology and it has been fueled by time spent working and traveling in different landscapes.  López has received support for her work through…

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December 2017

Face/Interface: Type Design and Human-Computer Interaction Beyond the Western World

December 1 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

In connection with the 2017-18 Stanford University Libraries exhibition, “Facing the World: Type Design in Global Perspective,” this international conference brings together scholars, designers, engineers, and technologists to explore Non-Latin type design, book design, interface design, and human-computer interaction beyond the Latin alphabetic world. CONFIRMED SPEAKERS Aaron BellBruce RosenblumC. Ryan PerkinsChuck BigelowCraig EliasonFiona RossGerry LeonidasJo De BaerdemaekerJohn BerryJohn HudsonJuan BruceKen LundeKris HolmesLara CaptanLiron Lavi TurkenichLiu ZhaoNeil PatelNeil TrujilloRamsey NasserScott KlemmerThomas Huot-MarchandThomas S. MullaneyZachary Scheuren REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/faceinterface-type-design-and-hci-beyond-the-western-world-tickets-37745774628

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Gallery Talk: Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

December 2 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join Jennifer Carty, Associate Curator at Cantor Arts Center, for a Gallery Talk in Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser. Katchadourian: Curiouser explores several major bodies of work by celebrated Stanford-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968), including video, photography, sculpture, and sound art. Katchadourian’s work reveals the creative potential, to use the artist’s words, that “lurks within the mundane”. Using ingenuity and humor, her practice encourages us to reinvigorate our own sense of curiosity and creativity, and to see our everyday…

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Gallery Talk: Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

December 2 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join Jennifer Carty, Assistant Curator at Cantor Arts Center, for a Gallery Talk in Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser. Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser explores several major bodies of work by celebrated Stanford-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian including video, photography, sculpture, and sound art. Katchadourian’s work reveals the creative potential, to use the artist’s words, that “lurks within the mundane.” Using ingenuity and humor, her practice encourages us to reinvigorate our own sense of curiosity and creativity, and to see our everyday surroundings as a…

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Open Studios: Fall | 2017

December 8 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Open Studios is a self-guided art tour of our undergraduate student showcase from the Fall 2017 Art Practice courses: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Digital Art, Sculpture, Film and more..! This is a rare opportunity to see student artwork in the studios in which it was created. Previous, Open Studio, photos can be viewed here VISITOR INFORMATION:The McMurtry Building is located on Stanford’s campus, at 355 Roth Way. The Stanford Art Gallery, room AG110 is located at the rear of the Art Gallery…

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Second Sunday: Family Day

December 10 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SECOND SUNDAY is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Registration is not required and families can tailor their museum experience based on their schedule and the activities that interest them most. CANTOR & ANDERSON 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…

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February 2018

The Matter of Photography in the Americas

February 7, 2018 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Featuring artists from twelve different countries, this exhibition presents a wide range of creative responses to photography as an artistic medium and a communicative tool uniquely suited to modern media landscapes and globalized economies. The artists in this exhibition resist the impulse to “document” or “photograph anew” the world immediately around them. Instead, they employ a wide range of materials — from prints and drawings to photocopies and audio installations — to highlight the ways in which photography shapes our…

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Phillip E. Bloom: “Born in the Latter Days of the Dharma: Ecology and Eternity in a Song-Dynasty Buddhist Monastery”

February 8, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: What are the spatial and temporal environments of a Chinese Buddhist monastery? What place does nature hold therein? To answer these questions, this talk will examine Shizhuanshan (Dazu County, Chongqing Municipality), a hilltop sanctuary in southwestern China constructed by a wealthy layman in the late eleventh century. It will argue that at Shizhuanshan, architecture, image, and text work together to transform the natural environment itself into a site for the eternal performance of Buddhist ritual. Bio: Phillip E. Bloom…

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Heather Blair: “What Counts? Buddhism, Picturebooks, and Japanese Culture”

February 22, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Jokes about hell, fake sutras that, though specious, exert miraculous effects, and stories about a bodhisattva who is as well loved for his failures as for his assistance. These and other playful engagements with Buddhist ideas and imagery pervade picturebooks from Japan’s secular mainstream. But do they count as Buddhist? Focusing on picturebooks published for children from the 1960s to the present, this talk asks what it might mean to be culturally—without necessarily being confessionally—Buddhist. It presents an argument…

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April 2018

Health Humanities Consortium Conference

April 20, 2018 12:00 am

A three-day celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through an exploration of medically-based ethical dilemmas and an examination of the relevance of Frankenstein in moral imagination today.

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May 2018

Rupert Gethin: “On Death and Rebirth, and What Happens in Between: Two Buddhist Accounts of Why it Matters”

May 17, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Ancient Indian Buddhist thinkers for the most part took it as given that death was followed by rebirth, but they disagreed on whether death was followed immediately by rebirth or by an in between state (antarābhava). The lecture will consider two accounts of death and rebirth, both from the fourth to fifth centuries CE but representing the traditions of two different schools: (1) the account found in Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośa, which presents the traditions of the Sarvāstivāda school and advocates an in between state, and (2) the account found in the…

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Oliver Freiberger: “Lines in Water? On Drawing Buddhism’s Boundaries in Ancient India”

May 24, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: This talk explores the ways in which religious agents – and modern scholars – distinguish religions. Illustrated by examples from ancient India, it will problematize the popular notion of blurred boundaries and suggest a multilayered approach for analyzing religious boundary-making. The paper argues that scholars should be prepared to find, even within one religious community, numerous and possibly conflicting ways of drawing a boundary between “us” and “them.” Bio: Dr. Oliver Freiberger is associate professor of Asian Studies and…

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