Artists on the Future

The Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg Artist Conversation Series

Launching Winter 2019

Stanford University is the home of interdisciplinary thinking that catalyzes innovation. Artists on the Future is a new conversation series that will pair world-famous artists with thought leaders from various fields to talk about issues vital to our society. These public events will bring those working at the highest levels of human expression, creative thinking, and aesthetic impact into our deepest national conversations.

In 2019, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts at Stanford University will bring three artists to campus for one conversation per academic quarter. The program will be free and open to both members of the Stanford community and the public.

This program is generously supported by Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg.


Artist Dana Schutz in conversation with Hamza Walker, Director of LAXART

Monday, March 4th

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Oshman Hall, McMurty Building

SCH Portrait


(b. 1976, Livonia, Michigan) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Schutz’s paintings depict darkly humorous narratives, hypothetical situations and impossible physical feats, such as swimming while smoking and crying or a manically refracted self- exam. Vibrant and tactile, Schutz's oddly compelling images simultaneously engage the unique capabilities of the medium while conjuring a world both urgent and harrowing.

Schutz has had numerous solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, and her work has been included in many acclaimed group exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial and the Venice Bienniale. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Institute of Contemporary Art Boston; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; among many others.

She is represented by Petzel Gallery, New York, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin and Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Photo courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York.

Monday, March 4th

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Oshman Hall, McMurty Building



is the Director of LAXART, an independent nonprofit art space in Los Angeles. From 1994–2016, he was the Director of Education and Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art. He recently curated the group exhibition Sperm Cult and Sol LeWitt: Page-works 1967-2007 both in 2018.


To Be Announced