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Layer Cake: First Year MFA Exhibition at the Coulter Art Gallery

February 4 to March 15, 2020.

The Department of Art and Art History presents Layer Cake, an exhibition of works by five first-year MFA students in art practice: Amy Elkins, Gabriella Grill, Joshua Moreno, Miguel Novelo, and Gregory Rick. This is a very accomplished and diverse group in terms of their media and content, including drawing, digital art, painting, video, installation, and sculpture.…

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How two Stanford students turned mental health struggles into art

A psychotic break inspired Stanford students Zack Burton and Elisa Hofmeister to create a stage play in an effort to destigmatize mental illness.

One night in the spring of 2017, geology PhD student Zack Burton’s graduate career was derailed after a series of delusions led him to the top of a campus parking garage, where he seriously considered hurting himself. PhD student Zack Burton and Elisa Hofmeister, ’18, are the creators of The Manic Monologues. (Image credit: Dr. Matthew Malkowski)…

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Announcing the Lyric McHenry Community Arts Fellowship

New fund gives Stanford undergraduates the opportunity to spend a summer working full time in the arts with a focus on racial/social justice issues.

It is with great pride that we announce the Lyric McHenry Community Arts Fellowship, at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. This program is named and funded in honor of Lyric McHenry Stanford class of 2014. While at Stanford, Lyric interned at IDA, majored in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity,…

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Professor emerita Kristine Samuelson earns Oscar nomination

KRISTINE SAMUELSON, the Edward Clark Crossett Emerita Professor of Humanistic Studies, and Stanford alumnus JOHN HAPTAS have earned an Oscar nomination for best documentary short for their film Life Overtakes Me. The film, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and is now streaming on Netflix, examines a mysterious illness, Resignation Syndrome, that causes traumatized refugee children…

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Winter quarter 2020 guest artists

The roster of winter quarter guest artists includes talent from around the globe. Melbourne Australia’s Choir of Trinity College performs with the Stanford Chamber Chorale; Chinese dance legend and renowned choreographer Yang Liping presents her reimagined production of Rite of Spring to Memorial Auditorium; Maqueque, a collective of female artists from Cuba led by Canadian Jane Bunnett,…

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Saying hello to OY/YO at Cantor Arts Center

Deborah Kass’ bold sculpture welcomes guests from its new home at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center.

Cantor Arts Center hopes its newest sculpture, OY/YO by artist Deborah Kass, acts as an extension of the museum’s new vision to present art and ideas in contemporary and inclusive ways. The piece was installed Dec. 20 and is now on view to the public. Deborah Kass (U.S.A., b. 1952), OY/YO, 2019. Aluminum, polymer and clear coat, 96 x 194.5…

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Art plays a part

Works of art and views of nature promote healing at the new hospital.

When artist Jinnie Seo arrived at the new Stanford Hospital this May to begin painting a mural for the interfaith chapel, the project reflected a culmination of five years of ruminating on a theme she calls Rays of Hope. (Image: Air Cube by artist Ned Kahn installed in the third-floor garden. Photo by Timothy Archibald.)

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The many makerspaces of the Stanford campus

Dozens of spaces at Stanford help students and faculty – and, in some cases, staff and community members – explore their inner maker while also supporting those who are experienced creators.

Whether a person’s dreams involve DNA synthesizers or dresses with pockets, almost any idea can come to life in one of the dozens of makerspaces dotting the Stanford University campus. These spaces offer all manner of mentorship, materials and equipment – easels, lathes, 3D printers, recording studios, sewing machines, microscopes, spectrometers and even a forge…

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Light-based works of Jim Campbell flicker and ebb at the Anderson Collection

Campbell’s electrified works prompt visitors to see the surrounding permanent collection in a new light.

A temporary exhibition of light-based works by Jim Campbell is on view at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University through Aug. 3, 2020. Eleven of the artist’s large- and small-scale works are installed throughout the permanent collection of post-war American art on both floors of the museum. Guests at the Anderson Collection’s fifth-anniversary celebration view “Rhythm Studies…

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Artwork installed at Stanford Redwood City

Workspace is infused with hundreds of works of art.

One of the final steps in transforming Stanford Redwood City from a state-of-the-art campus into a vibrant workplace is the recently completed installation of more than 300 works of art, including paintings, murals and artist posters throughout the campus. The artworks were chosen to complement the contemporary look of the interior architecture and speak to…

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Stanford students challenge perspectives through art

Stanford student-artists showcase original artwork that challenges perspectives in the Sixth Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, on display at the Stanford Art Gallery through Dec. 7.

Stanford student-artists are challenging perspectives of everything from class to culture to environments in an exhibit called Reversals: Sixth Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. Presented by the Department of Art and Art History in the School of Humanities and Sciences, the exhibition features original works by student-artists from an array of academic backgrounds. The show premiered…

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The devil in the McMurtry Building

Hanging on the walls of a long hallway in the basement of the McMurtry Building are the demonic creations of Stanford art students. The artworks offer various interpretations of Satan himself, in all his ghoulish and nefarious glory. They are part of an exhibition called El Chamuco, the Devil Is Around, presented by the Department…

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Anderson Collection at Stanford University announces the acquisition of two major works by Pollock, de Kooning

The donation by the late Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson comes as the museum commemorates its fifth anniversary and launches a new fundraising effort.

To mark its fifth anniversary, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University was gifted two major works of art, Jackson Pollock’s 1944 Totem Lesson 1 and Willem de Kooning’s c. 1949 Gansevoort Street, by its eponymous supporter Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson. Anderson donated the works in advance of her death on Oct. 22 in anticipation of the launch of a tandem effort to raise $10…

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Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson, art collector and generous friend of Stanford University, dies at 92

Local resident Moo Anderson and her family gifted Stanford a celebrated collection of postwar and contemporary American art and her prized collection of art books and catalogs.

Stanford donor Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson died Oct. 22 at her Bay Area Peninsula home surrounded by her family. She was 92. In 2011, Moo, her late husband, Harry “Hunk” Anderson, and their daughter, Mary Patricia “Putter” Anderson Pence, pledged the core of the family’s 20th-century American art collection to Stanford University. The original collection…

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Stanford’s Coulter Art Gallery hosts Enrique Chagoya exhibition

Through his work – now on exhibit in the Coulter Art Gallery – Stanford professor of art and art history Enrique Chagoya explores issues of ethnicity, immigration and borders.

An exhibition of the recent work of Enrique Chagoya, professor of art and art history, is on view at the Coulter Art Gallery in the McMurtry Building through Dec. 6. The survey of paintings, drawings and prints, titled Detention at the Border of Language, spans two decades in Chagoya’s career and is presented by the Department of Art and…

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Stanford student band records at historic San Francisco studio

Pass By Catastrophe’s recently released debut Extended Play album was recorded at Hyde Street Studios, which has hosted some of the world’s biggest musical acts, including Kanye West and Green Day.

Over the last year and a half, indie rock band Pass By Catastrophe has made a name for itself in the Stanford music scene with live performances across campus. Now the group is expanding the reach beyond the Farm with the recently released, self-titled debut EP, which was recorded at one of the Bay Area’s most historic…

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