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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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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Susan Dackerman appointed director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University

Scholar, curator and educator Susan Dackerman has been appointed the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, one of the most visited university museums in the country. She will join the staff on Sept. 18. Susan Dackerman(Image credit: Rebecca Zamora) Dackerman’s contributions to art scholarship and museology are numerous. In addition…

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On writing and identity: an interview with author and professor Chang-rae Lee

In the fall of 2016, acclaimed author Chang-rae Lee joined Stanford as the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the English Department and Creative Writing Program. He was previously at Princeton University as a creative writing professor and director of their Program in Creative Writing. Lee moved with his family from South Korea…

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New conductor appointed for Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia

Paul Phillips has been named the new director of orchestral studies at Stanford and will take over the baton as music director and conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia. Phillips is currently director of orchestras and chamber music and distinguished senior lecturer in music at Brown University. “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome…

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Pioneering Stanford professor emerita in art history continues to break new ground

Wanda Corn, who has been a pioneer in the art world for more than 30 years, isn’t slowing down. The renowned art historian and former Stanford educator has a new project, this one the artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Corn’s ties to Stanford are long. When she joined Stanford in 1981, it was a momentous occasion for…

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Stanford’s St. Lawrence String Quartet brings Beethoven to the San Francisco County Jail

Music lives and thrives in all sorts of unexpected places: theaters and living rooms, dingy warehouses and brightly lit stadiums. It blasts through car stereos and provides quiet comfort in moments of solitude. Stanford’s ensemble-in-residence, the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ), brought live music to an unexpected place, far removed from the concert hall. They…

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Alexander Nemerov to deliver Mellon Lectures on the Fine Arts

For six weeks this spring, ALEXANDER NEMEROV will be spending Sundays at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where he will give the 66th annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts. The topic of his lectures, The Forest: America in the 1830s, is the first ever in the history of the…

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Stanford alum earns Oscar nomination for “Hidden Figures”

And the Oscar goes to … well, maybe to ALLISON SCHROEDER, ’01, for co-writing with Theodore Melfi the adapted screenplay for Hidden Figures. This is the first Academy Award nomination for Schroeder and she is the lone woman on Oscar’s 2017 screenwriter lists, according to the Los Angeles Times. The story behind Hidden Figures, a…

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Stanford arts leadership capitalizes on Arts Initiative momentum

When Harry J. Elam Jr. began his career at Stanford 26 years ago in the Department of Drama, as it was known then, the Dance Division had not yet joined the department, Roble Gymnasium was still an athletics facility and the arts district was years away from conception. His office in Memorial Auditorium was literally…

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Stanford alum’s debut novel gets National Book Critics recognition

The reaction on YAA GYASI‘s Facebook page to the news that her debut novel Homegoing  was the 2016 recipient of the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard Prize was swift: 379 likes; 22 comments; and 19 shares. And that was before dawn. The John Leonard Prize was established to recognize outstanding first books in any…

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Harry Elam appointed vice president for the arts and senior vice provost for education

Harry Elam, vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford since 2010, has been appointed to two additional key leadership roles in the Office of the President and Provost. He will now oversee the non-departmental arts programs as well as direct and coordinate critical efforts in education, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost-designate Persis Drell announced Monday.…

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Stanford is shedding light on career paths in the arts

“Show me the way.” That is what Stanford offers students interested in pursuing careers in the arts. Because arts organizations, by the nature of their work, recruit in non-traditional formats, the university is bringing art paths into the light in other ways. Among them are arts internships, hands-on arts courses, grants and a program called…

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Nick Cave exhibition at Stanford challenges artistic conventions

A new exhibition at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University blends the visual arts with performance. Nick Cave’s Soundsuits are part sculpture, part costume. Made of a myriad of discarded and disused materials, they are designed to be worn and moved in, concealing the wearer’s race, gender and age. The exhibition runs through Aug. 14,…

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Lightning-Bolt Laureate

JUAN FELIPE HERRERA sits in a vacant suite of offices at California State University in Fresno. Around him, the bland, sand-colored furniture, circa 1990s, has been stripped of phones and computers—it’s the business equivalent of a ghost town. But not for long. Herrera, an emeritus professor here and at UC-Riverside, is also the U.S. poet…

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Forum explores art, culture at the Stanford Center at Peking University

In early July, the Center for East Asian Studies explored contemporary arts development in China in a major event at the Stanford Center at Peking University. The China Arts Forum featured two visual artists, one performing artist, and one art market executive, all of whom were women. JINDONG CAI, associate professor in the Center for…

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