Imagining the Universe: Cosmology in Art and Science series launches with words

Spotlight on the book: Cosmicomics, Life on Mars, A Place Among the Stars

OCT. 27 – Out of this world: Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics Author Italo Calvino’s whimsical view of the universe will be explored at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Stanford Humanities Center as part of Stanford’s “Another Look” book club and in conjunction with the series Imagining the Universe. Acclaimed author Robert Pogue Harrison, professor of…

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Stanford Dance Division breaks new ground with ‘Construction Site’

Guides calling themselves the "construction crew" lead a traveling audience to site-specific dances built around five campus locations.

Wear sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight, prepare to step lively, bikes and skateboards optional. Not the usual set of instructions for attending a dance production, but the arts at Stanford aren’t always predictable. In a year that saw choreographer Jérôme Bel enlist untrained members of the Stanford community to perform in The Show Must Go…

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With the end of the 2013-2014 academic year fast approaching, this month is all about our graduating Stanford seniors.

On April 23 the senior class put on the second annual Senior Arts Gala in Bing Concert Hall. This new Stanford tradition is a great occasion. The students get a chance to celebrate their time at Stanford, take a step into the next phase of their lives (with a very sophisticated cocktail party)—and enjoy the…

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For a group of Stanford students last week, spring break meant plunging into the arts—in New York City.

Eighteen lucky students went to museums, galleries and performances. They danced with members of the Mark Morris Dance Group, met with art experts at Christie’s, attended a rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic—and much, much more. Throughout the week, students gathered their thoughts and impressions about the trip on tumblr. The students were participating in…

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Tig Notaro: Using comedy to deal with cancer was a ‘Godsend’

Stand-up comic TIG NOTARO brought her unique brand of comedy to Stanford earlier this week, and she didn’t disappoint the standing-room-only audience of students, faculty, staff and community members gathered on campus. Notaro, a fairly successful stand-up comic before 2012, exploded on the national scene when she greeted an audience at the Largo in Los…

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Emerging Creatives

Last month, Stanford hosted the first ever “Emerging Creatives” conference, organized by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities. During this three-day intensive experience, one hundred students from twenty-five universities across the country explored connections among the arts, design, technology, and business while learning from pioneers and leaders in interdisciplinary collaboration. The students participated…

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Student Initiative

A couple of stories this month demonstrate the initiative and drive that Stanford students bring to their creative projects.

Camille Brown’s experience volunteering with Camp Kesem at Stanford, a summer camp for the children of cancer patients, inspired her to write and produce a one-woman play, “Seeing the Spectrum.” Brown received a Spark! grant from the Stanford Arts Institute to realize her vision for this artistic tribute to a community she came to know and appreciate deeply. Her project…

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Stanford Arts: Breadth and Depth

Breadth—because we are integrating the arts and creativity across the university. And depth—in the excellence and resonance of our individual programs.

Welcome to 2014! It’s an exciting time in the arts at Stanford. Last year brought us the opening of Bing Concert Hall, and this fall we will see the opening of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. We are eagerly anticipating the arrival on campus of this magnificent collection of postwar and contemporary American art. Keep an…

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New maps showcase public art treasures on Stanford campus

Stanford has created two new maps – the interactive online Stanford Arts Map and the sturdy paper Campus Arts Map – to help art lovers find their way to one or all of the university's 87 works of public art, including murals, sculptures and installations, located outdoors and in the lobbies of new buildings.

While the Burghers of Calais is a favorite stop for visitors who pose for photos with Auguste Rodin’s larger-than-life bronze statues in Memorial Court, there are dozens of other public art treasures all over the Stanford campus awaiting visits from art lovers. Strolling across campus, students, faculty, staff and visitors can encounter art at almost…

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Groundbreakers in fashion industry share insights at Stanford

Stanford Arts Institute hosts "Fashion at Stanford," four conversations between fashion critic Cathy Horyn and forward-thinking industry insiders. Speakers include Ron Johnson, Annie Leibovitz, Pascal Dangin, Antoine Arnault and Alexander Wang.

Fall fashion at Stanford is not just cardinal-red hoodies and bike-friendly skinny jeans. On Dec. 2, “fall fashion” at Stanford may very well refer to the first of four conversations surrounding the fashion industry with New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn and a collection of forward thinking-insiders: Ron Johnson, Annie Leibovitz, Pascal Dangin, Antoine…

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Introducing the Interdisciplinary Honors in the Arts Program

Twelve inaugural students add a creative dimension to their Stanford education.

The Stanford Arts Institute is bringing to Stanford’s campus a program unlike any other. Meet the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, Honors in the Arts, which provides an opportunity for students of any major to complete a capstone project that brings a student’s experience in another discipline together with artistic endeavor. Conceived by Executive Director of Arts…

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Stanford Arts Institute to pilot new interdisciplinary honors program

The Stanford Arts Institute will pilot a new interdisciplinary honors program in the arts during the 2013-14 academic year, an initiative intended to appeal to arts and non-arts majors alike. Students admitted to the program will participate in small workshops throughout their senior year while working towards the completion of a capstone project that reflects…

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The Golden Gate is returning to Stanford May 30

Stanford celebrates a remarkable collaboration: Vikram Seth's sonnets become sound in Conrad Cummings' opera, which has been called one of the best of the new century. Seth's novel-in-verse was born at Stanford in the 1980s.

(Additional but limited seating just added. Line up for admission by 7:30 on Thursday, May 30. People with tickets held at 'will call' in Bing Box Office must pick them up by 7:45, when unfilled seats will be released.)

The homecoming is long overdue: The Golden Gate, Vikram Seth’s 1986 novel-in-verse, was born among Stanford’s sandstone buildings and palm trees. Now the Bay Area will have a chance to hear highlights of composer Conrad Cummings’ opera of the novel. A multimedia presentation at the new Bing Concert Hall Studio at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, will include readings of…

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Wit and Wordplay Take Center Stage in StanShakes’ Love’s Labour’s Lost

Spring (quarter!) is in the air…

The Stanford Shakespeare Company’s twenty-first show is staged where many Stanford undergraduates might find themselves on a good weekend: the front porch of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house.

Performing the show at an actual fraternity house aligns with StanShakes’ history of presenting high-quality, free Shakespeare shows in uniquely Stanford locations. Past locations have included the old Terman fountain, the Cantor Arts Center, and the oak tree amphitheater outside Huang Engineering. This week only, through the generous support of ASSU Special Fees and a…

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Stanford visiting artist Ann Carlson creates a performance piece made entirely of gestures

Students, faculty and staff participate in a movement-based orchestral work titled 'The Symphonic Body: Stanford.'

Ann Carlson has been animating the Stanford campus, sometimes with silence, sometimes with stillness, for over a year as a visiting artist in dance and performance with the Department of Theater and Performance Studies. Carlson’s work mines the ephemeral and the commonplace toward extraordinary results. Her upcoming project, commissioned by the Stanford Arts Institute, is…

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Captivated by Sea Creatures

Daniel Wong's new work Cephalo-Pod reflects his passions for art and biology.

When he was in first grade, Daniel Wong was obsessed with cephalopods, a class of marine animals that includes squids and octopuses. He would fill pages of his writing journal with an enormous list of all the animals he knew according to the oceanic zone they occupy. Wong, now a senior majoring in studio art…

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