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October 2019

Celebration of Mind

October 19 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Martin Gardner was considered one of the preeminent magicians of the 20th century, an expert on Lewis Carroll, a champion puzzler, and the creator of recreational mathematics. Every year, mathematicians, magicians, and artists gather from around the country for Celebration of Mind to play, perform, and provoke the pleasures of mathematics, perception, and illusion—all in the spirit of Gardner. The Celebration of Mind at Stanford includes an artist, a magician, and a mathematician, who will lead an aesthetically and delightfully…

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Enrique Chagoya: Detention at the Border of Language

October 22

The Department of Art and Art History presents Detention at the Border of Language, a survey of paintings, drawings, prints, and multiples by Enrique Chagoya, on view October 22–December 6, 2019, at the Coulter Art Gallery. Join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4-6 pm. I believe that everybody is an alien. I think that we all come from somewhere else. Nobody is pure ethnically. Those times are gone. Maybe there was never any purity in human…

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“And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?” Book Presentation by Lawrence Weschler

October 22 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Long-time New Yorker writer and noted non-fiction author Lawrence Weschler comes to the Cantor to present his most recent book, And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks. Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks (author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) in the early 1980s when he set out to profile the neurologist for The New Yorker. Over the ensuing four years, the two men worked closely together until, for personal reasons, Sacks asked Weschler…

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Artists on the Future: The Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg Artist Conversation Series

October 22 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening with visual artist Lynda Benglis and Kimberly Drew, writer, curator, and activist.  ABOUT THE PROGRAM Artists on the Future provides renowned international artists and cultural thought leaders with a platform to catalyze alternative perspectives on urgent socio-political questions and create dialogue between different communities in Silicon Valley and beyond. Best known for her wax paintings and poured latex sculptures, Lynda Benglis came to prominence at the height of the second-wave feminist movement in the 1960s. Since then, the renowned…

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Opening Reception: Enrique Chagoya: Detention at the Border of Language

October 23 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Department of Art and Art History presents Detention at the Border of Language, a survey of paintings, drawings, prints, and multiples by Enrique Chagoya, on view October 22–December 6, 2019, at the Coulter Art Gallery in the McMurtry Building. Join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4-6 pm. I believe that everybody is an alien. I think that we all come from somewhere else. Nobody is pure ethnically. Those times are gone. Maybe there was never any…

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Seeing the World from Above: An Evening with Aerial Photographer George Steinmetz

October 23 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For more than thirty years, George Steinmetz has been flying through the air like a bird, capturing breathtaking photographs of remote deserts, obscure cultures, and the mysteries of science and technology. His powerful work has been featured in The New York Times and in more than forty National Geographic photo essays. With a restless curiosity for the unknown, he has explored subjects ranging from the remotest stretches of Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter (Rub’ al Khali desert) to the virtually unknown tree people…

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Alumni Oral Histories at Reunion Weekend

October 24 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Stanford Historical Society (SHS) wants to hear about the Stanford alumni’s experiences of their class. At each Reunion Homecoming Weekend, SHS Oral History Program staff and volunteers conduct interviews for the Stanford Alumni Stories collection. During 2019 Reunion Homecoming Weekend, the Society will focus especially on the experiences of the classes of 1959, 1969, 1994 and 1999, but all alumni are welcome! Interviews will last about 30 minutes. Interview topics include life at student residences, student groups and communities,…

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Open House: Newly acquired medieval and early modern books and manuscripts

October 25 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

On Friday, October 25th, 2019, there will be an Open House featuring newly-acquired manuscripts and rare books in the Barchas Room of the Special Collections Department of Green Library from 11:00am-2:00pm. A particular focus of this event will be a selection of Ottoman manuscripts in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian with Islamic Studies and South Asian Studies curator Ryan Perkins on hand to discuss the strong manuscript traditions in the Islamicate world and the relatively late adoption of print.  In addition,…

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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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Linking the Past, Forging the Future: A Symposium on Chained Bindings in Forms Old and New

October 29 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On October 29th, 2019, the David Rumsey Map Center will host a half-day symposium on chained bindings. This symposium will explore the materials and techniques used in chained bindings for medieval books, as well as the work of conserving and of reconstructing them in the modern era. This event provides us with the opportunity to engage with broader questions. For example, what does it mean to create a model of a chained binding in the modern world of digital materials,…

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The 2019 Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Distinguised Lecture

October 29 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Following over a year of investigation and collaboration with Stanford students and researchers, artist Mark Dion revealed The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death and Mourning at Stanford at the Cantor Arts Center. The installation presents over 700 objects associated with the Stanford family assembled in cabinets reminiscent of the great cabinets of curiosities in art history and of Victorian mourning cabinets. In this presentation, Dion discusses his Stanford project, its relationship to installations he has created at other universities, and many…

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Gallery Talk | West x Southwest: Edward Weston and Ansel Adams

October 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Capital Group Foundation’s gift of 1,000 photographs to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University includes works by American photographic masters Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, Gordon Parks, and Edward Weston.  IMAGE: Edward Weston (U.S.A., 1886–1958), Guadalupe Marín de Rivera, Mexico, 1923. Gelatin silver print. © Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents. The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University, 2019.48.13

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Tarika Lovegarden

October 31 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Rejuvenate from your life source and inner being by discovering how to become centered in the moment—Here-Now— using your senses as a doorway. Learn to set your worries aside, unplug from non-stop thinking and enjoy a peaceful, clear mind. Instructor: Tarika Lovegarden, is an author, founder and meditation teacher at Lovegarden Meditations, and an instructor at the Health Improvement Program. About the program: As part of the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit, Guided Meditation sessions are offered in the mornings…

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“Answers from the Great Beyond”: Halloween Open House in Green Library

October 31 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This Halloween event looks at seances and other means of communication between the dead and the living. What does it mean to communicate with the dead? Under what conditions is contact between the living and the dead possible? What messages do the most well-known ghosts and spirits seek to convey? The idea of contacting or communing with the dead has been present, in various forms, for all of human history. Belief in ghosts and spirits is based on the concept…

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Timothy Weaver: HYLAEA ReSpoken

October 31 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Timothy Weaver‘s HYLAEA ReSpoken is a collection of live cinema (sound/moving image) movements that seeks to reanimate the residues of lost ecological memory. The project enriches the transcoding of bio- and ecoinformatic data to soundscape thru the re-witnessing of endangered and extinct habitats and uncertain biodiversity.  The compendium of works interlaces lifecycles to the afterlife, through sonic and visual immersion, to recollect the complex imagined distance between genomic and ecoacoustic expression. HYLAEA ReSpoken folds and refolds the digital/visual residues from emergent extremophiles into…

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November 2019

First Friday: For Stanford Students

November 1 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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CBD 2019: Contemplative Technologies Exhibit and Exploratorium

November 2 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

With Jeffery A. Martin, PhD and Nichol Bradford, MBA Drop in and explore the cutting edge of technology for contemplation from around the world. Science and technology are pushing the boundaries of what contemplation means. Fifty years ago, the revolution began with brainwave and heart-based biofeedback. Today, the latest sensor technologies are not only more ubiquitous and accurate, but have been further turbocharged by AI and emboldened by the cloud. They not only provide windows and advice into how to…

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Artist Talk: Jim Campbell

November 6 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Contemporary artist Jim Campbell uses technology to filter images of daily life, mediating the audience’s encounter with his subjects and amplifying the flow of time and memory. While many of Campbell’s public projects have been physically sweeping in scale, such as Day for Night (2018) atop the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, this exhibition focuses on his more intimate works, placing them in dialogue with the permanent collection of the Anderson Collection to create new visual and sensory experiences. First come, first…

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Gallery Talk | Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

November 7 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Cantor’s Assistant Curator of American Art, Aleesa Alexander, in Freidenrich Family Gallery to discuss Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze. 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…

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Sangita Gopal- Fugitive Infrastructures: Women’s filmmaking and Video in India

November 8 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Building on exciting work on documentary in India as well as studies of media infrastructures in the global south, Dr. Gopal lectures to how the affordances of video aligned with feminist radical politics in India in the 1980s. This decade witnessed the beginnings of alternative media practices in India and anchoring this new media revolution was a pioneering embrace of video technology by the women’s movement. Unlike radio and television that were state-owned and controlled, the state had little interest…

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Gallery Talk | West x Southwest: Edward Weston and Ansel Adams

November 14 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Capital Group Foundation’s gift of 1,000 photographs to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University includes works by American photographic masters Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, Gordon Parks, and Edward Weston.  IMAGE: Edward Weston (U.S.A., 1886–1958), Guadalupe Marín de Rivera, Mexico, 1923. Gelatin silver print. © Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents. The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University, 2019.48.13

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REVIVAL: Millennial Remembering in the Afro NOW

November 14 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

REVIVAL: Millennial Remembering in the Afro NOW  By Amara Tabor-Smith, IDA Artist-in-Residence An Afro Futurist, devised dance theater work, inspired by the founding of the Committee on Black Performing Arts (CBPA), which marks its 50th anniversary this year. Utilizing the stories and characteristics of the Yoruba deities known as Orisha, REVIVAL is a multimedia and multi site experience exploring the people and events that have catalyzed movements for social change through time. A non- linear narrative, REVIVAL is driven by…

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Ellen Phan and Nisa Karnsomport

November 14 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This collaborative audiovisual performance by video artist Nisa Karnsomport and sound experimentalist Ellen Phan will feature live manipulation of sounds and images. | Cycling ’74: Interview and video with Nisa Karnsomport and Ellen Phan

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CANCELED – Symphony for Nature: The Story of an Extraordinary Collaboration at Crater Lake

November 15 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Symphony for Nature is an acclaimed documentary film that tells the behind-the-scenes story of how classical musicians joined indigenous drummers for a stunning performance of Natural History, a new composition by Michael Gordon inspired by Oregon’s breathtaking Crater Lake. The film features the Britt Orchestra and the Klamath Tribe drum group Steiger Butte Singers in a spectacular setting considered sacred by the Klamath Tribe. This program features a screening of Symphony for Nature and a special ceremonial performance by the Steiger Butte Singers. They…

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Aleesa Alexander on Black Codes: The Art of Post-Civil Rights Alabama

November 18 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art and Art History presents Aleesa Alexander, Assistant Curator of American Art at the Cantor Arts Center, who will speak on “Black Codes: The Art of Post-Civil Rights Alabama.” Within the discipline of art history, the terms “outsider,” “folk,” or “self-taught” have been historically applied to artists who have worked outside of prevailing institutional structures. Such classifications have often marginalized the artistic production of untrained, working-class African American artists in the twentieth century, particularly in the Southern…

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