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February 2018

On Intimacy

February 23 12:00 am

As an assignment for Digital Photography II (ARTSTUDI 275), students were asked to collectively develop a theme for an exhibition and to create artworks based on their creative and conceptual interpretations. Bringing together a group of nine photographers, this exhibition considers expressions of intimacy as a central subject matter for visual engagement. Through their work, more questions than answers arise: how can intimacy be defined? How can it be artistically manifested, perceived, or translated though photography in ways that its…

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Curator Tour of The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution

February 23 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

We invite you to join Hoover Institution research fellow and exhibition co-curator Bertrand M. Patenaude for a tour of the exhibition The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution at the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion. Click here for more information about the exhibition.

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Information Session 2: 2018 Summer Community-based Research (CBR) Fellowships

February 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Come learn more about Summer 2018 Community-based Research (CBR) Fellowships offered through the Haas Center for Public Service and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE).  CBR is a justice-oriented approach to research that emphasizes collaboration with community organizations and focuses on important social change and community development issues in the US or abroad. We will discuss how to prepare and apply for the CSRE and Haas Center CBR Fellowship programs. Both programs provide mentorship and financial…

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Lunchtime Conversation: Photography, Immigration Debates, and Surveillance Strategies

February 23 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us for a lunchtime conversation with Amy Sara Carroll and Ricardo Dominguez touching on the intersection of photography, immigration debates, and surveillance strategies. Please bring your lunch; complimentary beverages will be provided.  Please join us for an additional program with Amy Sara Carroll and Ricardo Dominguez on February 24 at 11:30am, where they will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  These programs accompany the exhibition The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,…

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Astronomical Society Stargazing Night

February 23 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Stargazing Event open to the public. The Stanford Astronomical Society will have several telescopes available for public viewing of the moon, star clusters, double stars, and more! There may also be an astrophotography demonstration depending on interest.

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

February 24 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Ricardo Dominguez, a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), and Amy Sara Carroll, a 2017-2018 fellow at Cornell University’s Society, will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include:…

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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

February 24 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Brave New World of Soviet Political Posters  This gallery talk, with Bertrand Patenaude, research fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, highlights how the new Soviet regime pioneered the political propaganda poster and examines recurring themes, symbols, and messages.  MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center OCTOBER 21, 1PM, Russia’s Crown under Armand HAMMER!  with Edward…

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Women Who Transformed Art in the West

February 24 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This program will examine the rise of accomplished western women artists during the 20th century who shaped the concept of modern art: e.g., Georgia O’Keeffe, Dorothea Lange, Ruth Asawa, Jay DeFeo, and Kara Walker. Building on this rich legacy, it will explore how the intergenerational roles of women have changed and influenced contemporary female artists active in today’s Western American-based art scene. This symposium will scrutinize the march for gender parity in the art world and the movement to increase…

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Art Focus Lecture | Intimacy and the Art of Visual Storytelling

February 28 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

In the digital age, we are deluged with visual information and an overabundance of images. What distinguishes Ed Kashi’s work is the intimacy and complexity of his storytelling. This lecture will span a range of stories, issues, and approaches that represent the frontiers of visual storytelling, from smartphone photography to short documentary films. The lecture will touch on such diverse issues as Syrian refugees and the impact of oil in the Niger Delta to stories closer to home about immigration and…

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March 2018

Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

March 1 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Jodi Roberts (Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday,…

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Talk: Yve-Alain Bois on Ellsworth Kelly

March 1 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Introduction by Nancy Troy, Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art, Department of Art & Art History. Yve-Alain Bois is Professor of Art History in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has written extensively on 20th century art, from Matisse and Picasso, Mondrian and Lissitzky to post-war American art. A collection of his essays, Painting as Model, has been published by M.I.T. Press in 1990. With Benjamin Buchloh, Hal Foster, and Rosalind…

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Intimacy and the Art of Visual Storytelling: An Evening with Photojournalist Ed Kashi

March 1 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist and filmmaker dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. In the digital age, we are deluged with visual information and an overabundance of images. What distinguishes Kashi’s work is the intimacy and complexity of his storytelling. This lecture will span a range of stories, issues, and approaches that represents the frontiers of visual storytelling, from smartphone photography to short documentary films. Kashi will discuss his work with Syrian refugees and…

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Early Modern Intermediality International Conference

March 2 12:00 am

Organized by Fabio Barry (Stanford) and Evonne Levy (Toronto)Stanford University, 2-3 March 2018 This conference addresses the theme of “intermediality” in early modern art (c. 1400-1650). From the fifteenth century on, the diversification of media and growing dialectic between modalities of art making catalyzed the theorization of media. Successive themes included disegno vs. colore, the paragone, the bel composto, and others. Central to these theorizations was the role of disegno (“drawing”/”design”). By the mid-sixteenth century, Italian theorists upheld disegno as…

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CCRMA Open House 2018

March 2 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) would like to invite you to our annual Open House. Please join us for demonstrations, lectures, performances, and posters that present some of our latest research projects. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by visiting Artist/Scholar Yann Orlarey, scientific director of our French sister institution GRAME and leading developer of the FAUST (Functional Audio Stream) programming language. Throughout the day, there will be a range of hands-on exhibits…

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First Friday

March 2 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

On the First Friday of every month during the academic year, the Cantor is open late for art-making, music, and more. Friday, March 2: See the new exhbition The Matter of Photography in the Americas. Friday, April 6: Celebrate National Poetry Month. Friday, May 4: Party with Leland Jr. for his 150th birthday. Friday, June 1: Relax at the end of the year at the annual Arts District Picnic.

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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

March 3 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Hidden in Plain Sight Learn behind the scenes stories of some of the objects on view in the exhibition with Marissa Schleicher Rhee, project archivist for exhibitions, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center OCTOBER 21, 1PM, Russia’s Crown under Armand HAMMER!  with Edward Kasinec, visiting fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives  …

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

March 3 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Hannah Shor (Cantor Guide, Cantor Arts Center) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center Thursday, February 22,…

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

March 4 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Samantha Wassmer (Cantor Guide, Cantor Arts Center) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center Thursday, February…

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

March 7 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Tabitha Walker (Cantor Guide, Cantor Arts Center) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center Thursday, February…

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Art Focus Lecture | The Art of Oriental Rugs and Their Representation in Western Art

March 7 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Oriental rugs represent a cross between art and crafts. During the Renaissance, images of oriental rugs became prevalent in western paintings. In some instances, the name of the artist came to identify the rug. And long after these original rugs had disappeared, their images survived in the works of art. In the first part of the presentation, we will discuss rugs as an art form focusing mostly on Anatolian carpets, which usually appear in western art. The second half of…

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Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies Lecture with Dr. Harmony Bench

March 7 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies is excited to present: “Kinesthetic and Cinesthetic Affectivity: Moving and Being Moved by Dance Onscreen” A lecture by Dr. Harmony Bench, Associate Professor of Dance, Ohio State University Discussant: Jennifer DeVere Brody, Professor of Theater & Performance Studies and Chair of CCSRE, Stanford University In this presentation, Dr. Bench focuses on the short video Color of Reality (2016) directed by Jon Boogz with visual art by Alexa Meade and dancing by Boogz and Lil Buck. The video…

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International Women’s Day Celebration

March 8 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Bechtel International Center, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research & Camera As Witness present  International Women’s Day Celebration on March 8, 2018 Assembly Room, Bechtel International Center 10:30AM – 11:15AM Main challenges of women’s rights in Latin America: Talk by Nadejda Marques, PhD 11:15AM – 12:00PM Press for Progress – Discuss, Explore, Create! 12:00 – 2:00PM CAW/UNAFF Screening & Discussion: MANKILLER (74 min) US Light lunch at 11:45AM, free and open to public.    

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Angles on Art: Wayne Thiebaud’s Lunch Table

March 9 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Stanford graduate students Caroline Culp (Art History), Sabrina Papazian (Anthropology), and Kathryn Winner (English) discuss the Cantor’s object through their unique disciplinary perspectives. IMAGE: Wayne Thiebaud (U.S.A., b. 1920), Lunch Table, 1964. Oil on canvas. Committee for Art Acquisitions Fund. Conservation supported by the Lois Clumeck Fund, 1964.119

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

March 10 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Jennie Waldow (Stanford University) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center Thursday, February 22, 12pm, with…

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Dialogues in Art

March 10 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

An afternoon of focused gallery talks by Stanford students at the Anderson Collection. Art makers and art historians join together in pairs to present their views, observations, and thoughts on specific works in the collection. Come for one or for all! 

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The Power of Photography for Social Change

March 13 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

REZA is an acclaimed photojournalist whose work has been featured in National Geographic, Time Magazine, Stern, Newsweek, El País, Paris Match, as well as a series of books, exhibitions and documentaries made for the National Geographic Channel. He discusses the importance of using images to serve social change, by training younger generations to become the actors of the future. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

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Art Focus Lecture | The Art of Dante’s Divine Comedy

March 14 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

The Divine Comedy is one of the greatest works of western literature, and its narrative and dramatic elements have lent themselves for pictorial representation. This is particularly true for the Purgatory, whose seven stages correspond to the Seven Cardinal Sins. The first part of the presentation will introduce The Divine Comedy as a literary work and discuss its three parts: Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. In the second part, we will move on to the illustrations in the work of Hieronymus…

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

March 15 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Clara Galperin (Cantor Guide, Cantor Arts Center) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas. Please note: this talk will be given in Spanish. The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with…

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Lecture: Working Metal in 20th-Century Sculpture

March 15 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

5:30pm Lecture, Cantor Arts Center, Auditorium6:30pm Reception, Cantor Arts Center, 2nd Floor, Geballe Balcony Working Metal in 20th-Century Sculpture is an intimate look at the expressive potential of metal worked directly by the artist’s hand using techniques and tools developed for industrial use. The artists featured in this exhibition, including Ruth Asawa, Harry Bertoia, and Melvin Edwards, exploited metal’s deep material and cultural resonances to create forms with extraordinary visual, tactile, and even sonic appeal. Exhibition curator, Sydney Skelton Simon,…

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Open Studios: Winter | 2018

March 16 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Open Studios is a self-guided art tour of our undergraduate student showcase from the Winter 2018 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. VISITOR INFORMATION:The McMurtry Building is located on Stanford’s campus, at 355 Roth Way. The Stanford Art Gallery, is located off Palm Drive at 419 Lasuen Mall. Visitor parking is free all day on the weekend and after…

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Meet the Makers Winter Student Showcase 2018

March 21 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Product Realization Lab students transform big ideas into pathbreaking products. See innovations in sports equipment, consumer goods, education and health devices, agricultural tools, and MORE! Come get a glimpse of the future!

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The Dancing Sowei: Performing Beauty in Sierra Leone

March 21 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This exhibition focuses on one spectacular work in the Cantor’s collection—a sowei mask, used by the women–only Sande Society that is unique to Sierra Leone. Used in dance by senior women of the society, the sowei mask symbolizes knowledge of feminine grace and is part of a young girl’s initiation into adulthood. Thus, for many women of the region, beauty is literally performed into existence through ndoli jowei (the dancing sowei or the sowei mask in performance). IMAGE: Gola or Mende…

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

March 21 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Michelle Azout (Public Programs Coordinator, Cantor Arts Center) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center Thursday,…

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Art Focus Lecture | From Judy Chicago to Cindy Sherman and Beyond: Transformations in Art and Feminism from the 70’s to Now

March 21 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

In the 1970s, Feminist Art garnered the attention of the art world and beyond. By the following generation, however, many young female artists had eschewed the imagery and strategies of their predecessors. For some viewers familiar with established practices, this new art appeared to possess little to no feminist content. But many of these young artists were simply shifting the terms by which an art by, for, and of women could be interpreted and understood. This lecture focuses on the…

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Intersections: Oscar Muñoz

March 22 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Oscar Muñoz in conversation with Natalia Brizuela, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Film and Media, University of California, Berkeley, and Elena Shtromberg, Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Utah. Oscar Muñoz is a visual artist born in 1951 in Popayán, Colombia. He is known as one of the most significant contemporary visual artists in his country, and his work has also gained international recognition. Most of his art is concerned…

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

March 28 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Jessica Ventura (Curatorial Assistant, Cantor Arts Center) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center Thursday, February 22,…

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Art Focus Lecture | The Advantages of Obscurity: San Francisco Women Abstract Expressionists

March 28 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Among the essential features of Abstract Expressionism in San Francisco was its lack of patronage—yet there were great advantages to this situation for women. Unlike their counterparts in the East, women artists in San Francisco never had to contend with what Alfonso Ossorio called the “doctrinaire powerhouses” that excluded them, leaving them free to pursue their own artistic inclinations. This presentation will discuss the women who benefited from working in a far less chauvinistic environment—artists like Jay DeFeo and Sonia…

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Film Screening: Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher/Artist

March 29 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Narrated by Robert De Niro, this documentary is both an explanation of modern art and the story of an artist and teacher of thousands, some of whom are today’s leading artists. A first-generation Abstract Expressionist, Hofmann was friend to Picasso and Pollock alike. Hofmann never intended to teach, but necessity forced him to, and he became extremely influential. Of the thousands of artists, writers, and dancers who studied with Hofmann at one time, one place or another, twenty-four are included…

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April 2018

Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of Frankenstein

April 4 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Cantor’s contribution to the campus-wide celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s horror novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus reveals ways artists have represented the body, life, and death, as well as the boundary separating humanity from technology. IMAGE: Beth Van Hoesen (U.S.A., 1926–2010), Stanford (Arnautoff Class), 1945. Graphite and ink on paper. Gift of the Estate of Beth Van Hoesen

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

April 5 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Clara Galperin (Cantor Guide, Cantor Arts Center) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center Thursday, February 22,…

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First Friday

April 6 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

On the First Friday of every month during the academic year, the Cantor is open late for art-making, music, and more. Friday, April 6: Celebrate National Poetry Month. Friday, May 4: Party with Leland Jr. for his 150th birthday. Friday, June 1: Relax at the end of the year at the annual Arts District Picnic.

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Art Focus Lecture | Joan Mitchell: Painting as Cathedral

April 11 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Joan Mitchell (1925–1992) came of age as an artist in the 1950s New York of the Cedar Tavern and the Artists’ Club. The physicality of her mark making—her commitment to abstraction, and her love of oil paint itself, not to mention her toughness—identify Mitchell as a New York School artist. Yet she spent more years in France than New York. While she continued down the path laid out by Abstract Expressionism, her work kept evolving and was, in the end, unclassifiable.…

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

April 12 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Amelia Leland (Cantor Guide, Cantor Arts Center) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center Thursday, February 22,…

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Panel: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

April 12 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Moderator: Natalia Brizuela, Associate Professor, Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Film and Media, University of California, Berkeley Panelists: – Monica Mayer, Mexican artist, activist, and art critic– Joiri Minaya, Dominican-American artist– Peggy Phalen, Ann O’Day Maples Chair in the Arts and Professor of Theater & Performance Studies and English, Stanford University IMAGE: Fernando Velázquez (Uruguay, b. 1970), #302 from the series Mindscapes, 2014. Photographic print mounted on Plexiglas. Courtesy of the artist

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

April 13 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A-lan Holt (Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center…

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

April 14 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Feddi Roth (Cantor Guide, Cantor Arts Center) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center Thursday, February 22,…

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Jewish Museums in Europe: Cabinets of Curiosities or Theatres of History with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

April 17 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

What comes first? The collection or the story? What is the story the collection tells, and can the story the museum wants to tell be told through the collection? Given the politics of history and historical policies in Europe today, Jewish museums have a special role to play. Prague, Budapest, London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Moscow, Vienna – Jewish museums in these and other European cities have taken different approaches. Their strategies reflect not only the history of the institution and…

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Is AI the New Frankenstein? with Ken Goldberg

April 17 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Is AI the New Frankenstein? (Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley with Fred Turner, Stanford) In 1919, a year before the word “robot” was coined, Sigmund Freud published an influential essay, Das Unheimliche, later translated into English as “The Uncanny”.  The essay and the concept of the Uncanny are familiar to literary theorists and art historians, who have charted its the literary and theatrical origins of the concept through the classic Jewish tale of the Golem through works by ETA Hoffman, Mary Shelley, Karel Capek, and Isaac Asimov, its…

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Hidden Beneath Diebenkorn’s “Window”

April 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Two hidden compositions lie below the surface of Window by painter and Stanford graduate Richard Diebenkorn, BA ’49. These hidden compositions were unknown to the art community except as barely visible reworkings, or pentimenti, until brought to light by Stanford student Katherine Van Kirk, ’19, during her fellowship in the Cantor’s Art+Science Lab. This installation shows the multiple layers uncovered through infrared reflectography as evidence—in a single painting—of the transition Diebenkorn was making in his art from figurative to still…

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Todd Lewis: “Reconfiguration and Revival: Newar Buddhist Traditions in the Kathmandu Valley (and Beyond)”

April 18 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Bio: Todd Lewis, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA Abstract: Beginning with Sylvain Lévi, most scholars for the past century who have assessed the state of Newar Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley have described the tradition as “decadent,” “corrupted by Hinduism,” and so in serious decline. Many predicted its withering away, most often due to competition from the reformist Theravādins, a movement that arrived in Nepal a century ago. The predations of the modern Nepalese state with its staunchly Hindu…

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

April 19 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Marci Kwon (Assistant Professor Art History, Stanford University) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas.  The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center Thursday, February…

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Health Humanities Consortium Conference

April 20 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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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

April 25 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with Jodi Roberts, Cantor Arts Center Thursday, February 22, 12pm, with Clara Galperin, Cantor Arts Center Saturday, February 24, 11:30am, with Amy Sara Carroll and Ricardo Dominguez, Cornell…

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Art Focus Lecture | The Art of Making Space Public

April 25 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Artists working in the public realm can accomplish far more than placing a beautiful artwork on a pedestal or in a plaza. Their work can transform space, stimulate human interaction, and help define community. This lecture will explore trends in public art over the last 30 years, from artists on the design team, to environmental art, new technologies, and art that promotes social justice. Barbara Goldstein is an independent consultant focusing on creative placemaking and public art planning. She is…

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Gallery Talk: The Matter of Photography in the Americas

April 26 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Clara Galperin (Cantor Guide, Cantor Arts Center) will lead a gallery talk in The Matter of Photography in the Americas. Please note: this talk will be given in Spanish. The Matter of Photography in the Americas (February 7-April 30,2018) highlights groundbreaking works by artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States who cast a critical eye on photography as both an artistic medium and as a means of communication. Gallery talks in this series include: Thursday, February 8, 12pm, with…

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“Denial”, History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving with Deborah Lipstadt

April 30 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory College Deborah received her B.A. from City College of New York (1969) and her M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1976) from Brandeis University. Professor Lipstadt is frequently called upon by the media to comment on a variety of matters. She has appeared Good Morning America, NPR’s Fresh Air, the BBC, Charlie Rose Show, and is a frequent contributor to and is widely quoted in a variety of newspapers…

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May 2018

First Friday

May 4 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

On the First Friday of every month during the academic year, the Cantor is open late for art-making, music, and more. Friday, May 4: Party with Leland Jr. for his 150th birthday. Friday, June 1: Relax at the end of the year at the annual Arts District Picnic.

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

May 17 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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墨境 Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang

May 23 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ink Worlds considers ink painting from the 1960s through the present, examining salient visual features and international connections, as well as the ongoing impact of historical techniques, materials, and themes. In so doing, the exhibition addresses not only the capacity of ink painting to evolve but also the contemporary nature of ink painting as a distinct genre whose achievements can already be documented. Caption: Irene Zhou (China, 1924–2011), Untitled, 1995. Ink on paper. Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang

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

May 24 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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Robert Daniel DeCaroli: “Snakes and the Rain: Nāga Imagery, Water Management, and Buddhist Rainmaking Rituals in Early South Asia”

May 31 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: When considering the water-related challenges that confronted the monks and architects involved with rock-cut monasteries, it becomes apparent that the veneration of nāgas complimented methods of hydraulic engineering designed to regulate the flow of water at the sites. The highly visible nature of this arrangement helps to explain the emergence of ritual texts, primarily dating to after the fourth century CE, in which Buddhist ritualists adopt the role of rainmakers. The ritualists invariably invoke a special relationship with the…

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June 2018

First Friday

June 1 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

On the First Friday of every month during the academic year, the Cantor is open late for art-making, music, and more. Friday, June 1: Relax at the end of the year at the annual Arts District Picnic.

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