President Tatertot-Lasagna saves Gaieties from the evil Oski

Surprise cameo appearances by university administrators have come to be a tradition for Gaieties, the annual student-written, musical extravaganza that makes fun of all things Cal. The Gaieties performance, produced by Ram’s Head, takes place in the week leading up to Big Game and is one of many events meant to rouse school spirit. Last week,…

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New exhibition at Hoover Institution and Cantor Arts Center marks centenary of 1917 Russian Revolution

Drafts of the last Russian czar’s abdication letter, painted portraits of Russian rulers from the 18th and 19th centuries, photographs of massive street demonstrations in Petrograd and Moscow in 1917, and early Soviet-era propaganda posters – these are just some of the artifacts on display at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and the Cantor Arts Center as part…

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What happened when Shelley Correll interviewed Samantha Bee

There was a full house in Memorial Auditorium when sociologist SHELLEY CORRELL interviewed America’s “first lady of late night,” SAMANTHA BEE. The Nov. 10 event, part of STANFORD LIVE’s 2017-18 season, was also a celebratory nod to Canada’s 150th anniversary. Bee, a Canadian who recently became an American citizen, offered her perspective on American politics and culture under the questioning of…

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Stanford’s innovative program advancing the arts of the American West returns

Encouraged by standing-room-only attendance at last year’s ArtsWest public programs, the Bill Lane Center for the American West is continuing its series that celebrates and explores the rich cultural legacy of the region. This hand-colored portrait shows an actress in traditional Chinese theater costume. (Image credit: May’s Photo Studio, Stanford Department of Special Collections and University…

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Keepers of the Flame

Tradition has been defined as “the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction.” Stanford Live is presenting two ensembles, Jason Moran and his Big Bandwagon and the Sachal Ensemble, that deal with their specific cultural traditions in ways that on the surface sound…

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Taylor Mac brings students behind the scenes and thrusts them into performance

Research the cultural history of the United States. Select costume materials at a fabric shop in San Francisco. Inflate 2,000 pink balloons. So went a typical day in the life of an Arts Intensive student involved in Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, an elaborate work of performance art that was a finalist for…

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Guest artist series to expose Stanford students to innovative performance art

Branislav Jakovljevic, associate professor and chair of the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), believes that artists of all levels – up-and-comers, mid-career and masters – all have something to teach Stanford students. Branislav Jakovljevic is chair of the Department of Theater and Performance Studies.(Image credit: L.A. Cicero) Enter Vital Signs, a guest performance artist series, curated by acclaimed…

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20.8% of the 2017 MacArthur Fellows were Stanford guest artists within the last year

Stanford congratulates the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winners who recently spent time on campus engaging with students, faculty and the public. Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY, whose work tells elaborate and delicate stories of her life, was in conversation with Jodi Roberts, the Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and…

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Fall quarter guest artists

One of the ways that Stanford is creating opportunities for meaningful engagement with the arts for students and the university community is by inviting over 100 artists each year to campus to create, perform and discuss their work. This fall quarter the roster of guest artists includes comedian and political commentator Samantha Bee in conversation…

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Stanford in New York students are welcomed in a creative way

Located on the 18th floor in the Flatiron District, with wraparound windows providing spectacular views of the city, the Stanford in New York Center still needed something to kick off the fall quarter. “The center’s walls were crying out for artwork,” said Rosina S. Miller, founding director of Stanford in New York. Artist Elliot Luscombe, ’09, discusses…

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Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center offers a fresh look at Rodin – the modern man

If ingenuity is the lifeblood of Silicon Valley, then it’s entirely fitting that French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is so closely associated with the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, which is marking the centenary of Rodin’s death with a new presentation of his sculptures. Rodin: The Shock of the Modern Body spans three galleries and features nearly 100 Rodin sculptures…

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Stanford Honors in the Arts capstone program evolves with a new Mellon grant

Stanford University has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to support the development of a new undergraduate, interdisciplinary program in the arts to be administered by Stanford Arts Institute. Honors in the Arts students present Bacchae, an immersive theatrical experience utilizing locations across the Stanford campus. (Image credit: Kristen Stipanov) The $400,000 grant provides support for…

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Stanford celebrates the lasting impression of artist and educator Pedro de Lemos

Pedro Joseph de Lemos (1882-1954) was a visionary and guardian of art at Stanford. As the first director and curator of the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery (now the Stanford Art Gallery), de Lemos transformed the exhibition space into one of the most important artistic venues in California. He also served as director of the Stanford University Museum…

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Solo exhibition by celebrated artist Nina Katchadourian at the Cantor

The playful and perceptive work of Brooklyn- and Berlin-based artist Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968), is coming to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University this fall. Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser, a mid-career survey, will explore several major bodies of work in a variety of media including video, photography, sculpture, sound installations, and a live performance. Organized by the…

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