Cantor Arts Center Features Contemporary Art This Fall
Paul De Marinis: "The Messenger"

"Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa"
"Men at Work: Paintings by Kristina Branch"

Contact: Anna Koster, Public Relations Manager, 650-725-4657

STANFORD, CA, 18 August 2001—The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University presents a wide range of contemporary art this fall with three special exhibitions, all free to the public:

Paul De Marinis: The Messenger
August 15, 2001 - January 27, 2002
Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery

De Marinis, a Stanford art professor, is fascinated with the manipulation of sound and language. He probes the form and nature of speech, transmission of language and relationships between communications technology, art and language. For this installation, the artist links modern electronics to hand-built contraptions: illuminated glass jars with electrodes; plastic skeletons with electrical mechanisms; enameled bowls with electronic controls and internet connection. This assemblage explores the forgotten past of the telegraph and the timeless, non-verbal aspects of communication: pauses, silence, noise, ambiguity, and misunderstanding. De Marinis will give a free lecture, Distant Voices: The Letters of Francesc Salvà i Campillo, at the Center on Thursday, November 29, at 5:30 p.m.

Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa
October 10, 2001 - January 6, 2002
Pigott Family Gallery

This exhibition presents nearly 60 works made by 13 ethnically diverse artists since apartheid's end in 1994. Liberated Voices begins with Resistance Art—the politically inspired movement that flourished during apartheid—then explores major trends in contemporary artistic practice in South African art that followed the change in government. The art communicates universal themes: the struggle against oppression, the quest for self-determination, individual and collective responsibility for silence in the face of injustice, the power of grassroots expression to effect social change and the maintenance of dignity despite overwhelming odds.

  • Docents give free tours of Liberated Voices Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 3:15 p.m. throughout the exhibition. Tours do not require a reservation for groups of 10 or fewer; call 650-723-3469 to request tours for larger groups.
  • The Center presents a symposium Friday, October 26, 1-4 pm, free, in conjunction with Liberated Voices. South African artists and scholars will address art trends in South Africa and art as a "voice" of post-apartheid expression.

    Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from south Africa was organized by Museum for African Art, and has been curated by Frank Herreman and assisted by Mark D'Amato. It is made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Major funding has been provided by grants from the Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa; the LEF Foundation; Jason H. Wright; and Jerome and Ellen Stern.

Men at Work: Paintings by Kristina Branch
October 31, 2001-February 10, 2002
Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery

Kristina Branch's recent oil sketches of construction sites continue her interest in painting landscapes in which such vehicles as trucks, cars and boats are focal points. She was attracted to construction sites by their "vast, noisy, dusty" character and by the fact that "they were unfamiliar territory, almost exclusively male, with signs posted reading Keep Out." At the sites, she observed "cement being poured, scaffolding going up and pipes being unloaded" and the tools and lunch pails that populated the sites. Her small, vibrant sketches convey a sense of the process of construction, but also the "mutual respect and humor" of the workers. Branch is a Stanford University professor of art.