Exhibition “Hand and Eye” celebrates East Asian ceramic traditions

The exhibition "Hand and Eye: Contemporary Reflections of East Asian Ceramic Traditions," on view through Dec. 14 in the East Asia Library, features historic and contemporary works by Japanese, American and Stanford artists.

A new campus ceramics exhibition that displays many works produced in wood-burning kilns – including sculptures, jars and tea sets – shows that the ceramic traditions of East Asia are alive and evolving in contemporary Japan and United States – and at Stanford. A mere 1 percent (by weight) of iron oxide in an otherwise…

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Exploring art and design in Australia

After switching majors from mechanical engineering to product design, Kendal Burkins, ’19, spent the summer exploring art and design as an intern at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, an opportunity offered through the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program.

Last spring, mechanical engineering major Kendal Burkins, ’19, began rethinking his academic and professional trajectory. Wanting to pursue a more creative path while merging his interests and skills, he switched his major to product design and applied for a summer internship at the Art Galley of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, the country’s premier…

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Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries collaborate to make Warhol photography archives publicly available

Searchable databases allow researchers and Andy Warhol fans worldwide to examine over 130,000 photographs taken by the iconic artist.

For those who ever wondered about the exact design of John Lennon’s iconic glasses or what it would have been like to have had a front-row seat at Maria Shriver’s wedding to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the newly accessible archive of Andy Warhol’s photography provides a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the social…

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Stanford unveils new Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts and welcomes international guest artists

Guest artists from around the world bring vitality and variety to campus in the fall.

Artists from across the globe come to Stanford to perform, create and engage. The 80-plus guest artists visiting campus this fall are hosted by over 20 Stanford departments, centers and programs. Some of the artists will be at Stanford for a single public event and others will stay for an extended visit for deep engagement…

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Stanford course teaches students the science of art materials

Science informs art and vice versa in this class that aims to encourage students to look at art – and materials found elsewhere – with fresh eyes.

If you walked the first floor of the Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering at Stanford University in early September, you may have peered in on a lab full of students, decked out in lab coats, gloves, face masks and goggles. This would be no unusual sight in a chemistry lab, save for what the students…

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Unparalleled collection of Warhol’s photography at Stanford University includes images never exhibited before

In an interactive element of the photo exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center, visitors can zoom in on the artist’s contact sheets and create their own Warhol-inspired digital prints on screen.

Photographs by Andy Warhol that have never publicly been displayed are the heart of the new exhibition, Contact Warhol: Photography Without End, on view Sept. 29, 2018, through Jan. 6, 2019, at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. The show traces Warhol’s artistic process from the most fundamental level of a photo negative to its transformation…

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Sculpture installed at Stanford University’s Denning House anchors new art collection

The 17-foot bronze sculpture is by Ursula von Rydingsvard, who will visit campus next month for a formal dedication of the artwork and to speak with students.

When the inaugural cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars arrive to Stanford, they will be greeted by a new sculpture in front of Denning House, their program’s new home. The sculpture, MOCNA, by Ursula von Rydingsvard, was commissioned as the first piece in Denning House’s art collection, which plans to acquire one piece every year from emerging and established…

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New on the Shelf: Rare Books & Artists’ Books

A new exhibition in Stanford’s Green Library offers a window into recent acquisitions in Special Collections. Books—both manuscript and print—are the focus of the display on the second floor of the Bing Wing, on view September 4, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Cases in the Peterson Gallery, adjacent to the Special Collections Reading Room, feature…

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Silicon Valley tech culture has roots in Burning Man, Stanford scholar says

Communication Professor Fred Turner has been studying the role of art and countercultural movements – including the communal, participatory lifestyle celebrated at the annual Burning Man festival – that have had far-reaching influence in the workplace of tech firms.

Every August, fire-breathing dancers, costumed performers and free-thinking artists gather in the Nevada desert to celebrate Burning Man, a countercultural event devoted to communal living, radical art and self-expression. Amid the huge crowds attending the Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert are thousands of people taking a break from their Silicon Valley jobs. (Image…

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Stanford musicologist reflects on ‘multimusical’ Aretha Franklin

Charles Kronengold talks about Aretha Franklin as a singular figure in American music.

As family, friends and fans pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin, whose funeral is Aug. 31, Stanford musicologist Charles Kronengold discusses with Stanford Report the ways that Franklin defined her time. Aretha Franklin, shown in a 1968 publicity photo, was a major figure in American musical culture. She died Aug. 16 at age 76. (Image credit: Wikipedia…

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Three Stanford students win art awards, take part in San Francisco exhibition

Three Stanford graduate art and art history students received scholarships and presented their work as part of an annual exhibition dedicated to the future of the Bay Area visual arts. Livien Yin is one of three Stanford graduate art and art history students who received the 2018 Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarship. MIGUEL MONROY, SALLY…

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New exhibition at the Hoover Institution resurfaces a forgotten tabloid from the Vietnam War

A new exhibition at the Hoover Institution highlights Overseas Weekly, a civilian-run, women-led newspaper for American GIs abroad that defied top military brass and defended freedom of the press during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

For the past 40 years, a Stanford alumna’s journalistic legacy from the Korean and Vietnam wars has sat forgotten in musty boxes in a basement in Sweden. Overseeing Overseas Weekly’s Pacific edition was Ann Bryan, the only female editor in chief in Saigon. She successfully sued the Department of Defense to lift a ban that prohibited…

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Learning en plein air

At Stanford University, gardens beckon visitors to learn en plein air – about small-scale sustainable farming, about sun-loving desert plants, and about sculpture, ranging from works carved in wood and stone by village artists from Papua New Guinea to bronzes created by the renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The gardens are open to the people…

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Stanford museums are always free and are perfect places to visit on a summer day

Summer is the perfect time to explore exhibitions at the Anderson Collection and the Cantor Arts Center that highlight art in various mediums from around the country and the world. Two special exhibitions are in their final weeks, so plan to visit soon. Closing soon: Irene Chou 周綠雲 (China, 1924–2011), Untitled, 1995. Ink and color…

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Hernán Diaz and Robert Moor win Stanford Libraries’ 2018 Saroyan Prize for Writing

Hernán Diaz and Robert Moor are the 2018 winners of the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.  The prize, established in 2003 by Stanford Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, commemorates Saroyan’s life and legacy, and just as importantly, honors emerging authors who have found a distinctive creative voice. Diaz and Moor will each receive…

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