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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Stanford Repertory Theater brings legendary women of ancient Greece to the stage

In "Hecuba/Helen," Stanford Repertory Theater brings together two iconic heroines for the first time. The play opens Thursday, July 26, in Roble Studio Theater. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, through Aug. 19.

In a new adaptation of two plays by Euripides, the Stanford Repertory Theater presents the stories of women on opposite sides of the Trojan War – Hecuba of Troy, a fallen queen facing a life of slavery, and Helen of Sparta, a renowned beauty plotting a reunion with her long-lost husband. Video by Kurt Hickman Stanford Repertory…

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Student filmmakers go Hollywood

Stanford students were recently invited to a movie studio near Los Angeles to bring their screenplay to life.

Students Juliana Chang, ’19, and Da Eun Kim, BS ’17, MS ’18, knew little about making movies when they accepted an invitation to self-produce their short film at Warner Bros. Studios near Los Angeles last month. The students teamed up with Matt Shimura, ’19, for a two-day whirlwind film production that brought to life their…

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” Image—Script” on view at the Art Gallery July 17 – August 26

The Department of Art & Art History in conjunction with the Guangdong Museum of Art, presents, Image—Script, on view July 17 – August 26, 2018 with a reception on Thursday, July 19, 5-7pm, and gallery talk by the curator at 6pm. This exhibiton, including project faculty director Xiaoze Xie, and curator Lu Zihua, features selected…

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Primetime Emmy nominees include Stanford alumni

Stanford alums and television royalty STERLING K. BROWN, ’98, and ISSA RAE, ’07, have earned Emmy nominations for their roles in three hit television series. Brown, who earned Emmys in 2016 and ’17, is up for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Randall Pearson on This Is Us (nominated for…

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Knight Fellow’s project leads to a new collection at Stanford Libraries

A new archive at the Stanford University Libraries chronicles the work of successful multiracial designer and diversity advocate Cheryl D. Miller.

When Stanford John S. Knight Journalism Fellow Michael Grant was researching the lack of diversity in journalism, he stumbled upon a 1987 article online, titled “Black Designers: Missing in Action.” The piece, written by successful multiracial designer and diversity advocate Cheryl D. Miller, captivated Grant, the creative director of the San Francisco Business Times and a 2017–18 participant in Stanford’s John…

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Adelante Comunidad: New exhibit showcases four decades of graphic arts by the Stanford Chicanx & Latinx community

Adelante Comunidad opens this week in the South Lobby of the East Wing of Green Library. The exhibit, which draws on posters and other materials from the collections of the Stanford University Archives, celebrates over four decades of graphic arts produced by the Stanford Chicanx and Latinx community. Many of the posters were transferred from El…

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The Stanford griffins return to public view

Two majestic griffins have been sitting in storage since 2005, when they last guarded the entrance to a now-demolished men’s gymnasium. After a few nips and tucks, they are being returned to campus to help oversee the pathway leading to the Stanford Mausoleum.

A pair of statues of majestic griffins are coming out of storage to oversee the entrance to the path that leads to the mausoleum where the university’s founding family is interred. “We think this will be a fun and whimsical surprise for people,” said Laura Jones, director of heritage services and university archaeologist. “These are…

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