Stanford Arts Institute

Rare Haydn materials in the Stanford Libraries

Over the past several months, I have been blogging about rare Haydn materials held in the Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library of Music, including one autograph manuscript, one important letter, and nine first or early score editions. Each item was digitized for deep storage in the Stanford Digital Repository, and high-quality, downloadable images have…

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Happy 2015!

Welcome to the new year!

We are looking forward to everything 2015 will bring in the arts at Stanford – new exhibitions at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford Live performances at Bing Concert Hall and beyond, engagement with the Anderson Collection at Stanford University – and of course the enormous variety of performances, events, exhibitions and programs put on by…

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Stanford and Warner make music – leaders

A new collaboration between Stanford and the music industry will cultivate the next generation of leaders in the music world.

Innovation and entrepreneurial thinking are key factors that make the music business a shapeshifting industry. They are also part of the learning ethos at Stanford – and will drive the Stanford/Warner Music Group Leadership Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to identify and develop a new generation of undergraduate Stanford students from across various…

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November State of the Arts – Imagining the Universe

The universe has always been a platform for life’s big questions. Who are we? Where did we come from? It’s a way to explore and deepen our understanding of the universe while we learn about ourselves.

“Imagining the Universe” is a collaborative campus-wide program bringing together a broad array of partners on campus and in the Bay Area.* The cosmos has long inspired our imaginations – fueling research, reflection, and creative response. There’s a lot to be learned from this vast topic. That’s why the series will host exhibitions, performances, public…

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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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