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Cantor Arts Center offers many opportunities for Stanford faculty and students and the public to engage with our exhibitions and collections through public programs. All programs are free and open to all. See the calendar for a full list, explore the links at left for information, or sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter. The museum is accessible to people with disabilities.

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PROGRAMS for Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

This exhibition explores several major bodies of work by celebrated Stanford-born artist Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968), including video, photography, sculpture, and sound installations. Katchadourian’s work reveals the creative potential, to use the artist’s words, that “lurks within the mundane”. Using ingenuity and humor, her practice encourages us to reinvigorate our own sense of curiosity and creativity, and to see our everyday surroundings as a site of discovery and possibility.


Talk: Nina Katchadourian
Thursday, October 19, 6:30–8 pm, CEMEX Auditorium

Nina Katchadourian discusses her artistic practice and the exhibition Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser. This program is free and open to the public. No tickets or registration required. First come, first seated. Doors open at 6 pm. CEMEX Auditorium is located at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Knight Management Center, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305.

 

Event: “The On Hold Music Dance Party"
Thursday, October 19, 9–10 pm, Cantor Auditorium

"The On Hold Music Dance Party," a concept invented by Katchadourian, is a dance party consisting of music and other sounds recorded entirely from phone calls where she was placed on hold. Collaborating with DJ Shakey (Julie Covello) and DJ Stylus (Gabriel Willow), Katchadourian (DJ Dusty) and her collaborators spin this raw material into a surprisingly dynamic and extremely danceable set. "The On Hold Music Dance Party" takes place from 9–10 pm. Come ready to dance!

 

This exhibition is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art. Generous support for the exhibition is provided by Suzanne Deal Booth; Eric Herschmann, Orly Genger, and family; and Jeanne and Michael Klein, with additional gifts from George and Nicole Jeffords, the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Jenny and Trey Laird, Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Christopher Loughlin, and Chris Mattsson and John McHale. Support also is provided by Lawrence Banka and Judith Gordon, Nick Debs, Deborah Green, Pamela and David Hornik, Martin Z. Margulies, Karen and Chip Oswalt, and the West Collection, Philadelphia. The accompanying catalogue is made possible by Nion McEvoy, with additional gifts from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, the Leanne Raesener Charitable Fund, and Judith Willcott and Laurence Miller and their families.

 

OCTOBER

Gallery Talk: The Crown under the Hammer
Thursday, October 19, 12 pm, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery

Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art speaks about the exhibition.

 

Gallery Talk: The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford
Saturday, October 21, 12 pm, Madeleine H. Russell Gallery

Please join Ellen Huang, Curatorial Fellow, Asian Art at Cantor Arts Center, Paul Harrison, George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University, and Michaela Mross, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University for a gallery talk in The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford.

 

Gallery Talk: Russia’s Crown under Armand HAMMER!
Saturday, October 21, 1 pm, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery
Edward Kasinec, visiting fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. This gallery talk examines master merchant Armand Hammer’s sale of Russian Imperial Art and rare books in 1930s America.

Gallery Talk: Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformations
Saturday, October 21, 2 pm, Madeleine H. Russell Gallery
Please join Ellen Huang, Curatorial Fellow, Asian Art at the Cantor Arts Center for a gallery talk about Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformations.This exhibition presents a focused look at caves and kilns, aka “earthly hollows,” as symbolic and physical passages of transformation. This program is free and open to the public. No tickets or registration required.

Gallery Talk: A Russian Artist Paints the Revolution

Wednesday, October 25, 2 pm, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery

Elena S. Danielson, archivist emirata, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. This gallery talk highlights the work of Ivan A. Vladimirov, a formally trained battle artist who was embedded in the Imperial Russian Army to record historic scenes in war time.

 

Gallery Talk: In Dialogue: African Arts

Thursday, October 26, 6 pm, Thomas K. Seligman Gallery
Amanda M. Maples, Curatorial Fellow for African and Indigenous American Art speaks about the exhibition.

 

SOLD OUT Lecture: The Russian Revolution Comes to Campus—Alexander Kerensky at Stanford
Thursday, October 26, 5–6:30 pm, Cantor Auditorium

Don't miss Bertrand M. Patenaude, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, speaking about Kerensky, the charismatic Russian leader who left a lasting impression on Stanford students and faculty. Dr. Patenaude is a co-curator of the exhibition The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution, which is co-sponsored by the Cantor Arts Center and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration is required. Visit Eventbrite to register.

 

NOVEMBER

Gallery Talk: Why Montage Fever?

Wednesday, November 1, 12 pm, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery

Pavle Levi, director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and associate professor, Film and Media Studies, Department of Art & Art History. This gallery talk focuses on the centrality of montage in early Soviet art and cinema. Emphasis will be placed on Constructivist theory and practice, as they flourished in the immediate post-revolutionary period. Montage Fever, the film-based installation on view in the Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery will also be discussed.

 

In Conversation: Jed Perl with Alexander S. C. Rower on Alexander Calder
Thursday, November 2, 6 pm, Cantor Auditorium
Jed Perl, art critic and writer, discusses his new book Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898–1940 with Alexander S. C. Rower, President of the Calder Foundation. Perl's book is the first ever biography of Alexander Calder, the acclaimed 20th-century sculptor. Presented in collaboration with PACE Palo Alto. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration is required. Visit Eventbrite to register. Books will be available for purchase.

 

Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body
Wednesday, November 8, 12 pm, Susan and John Diekman Gallery
Melissa A. Yuen, Curatorial Fellow for American and European Art to 1900 speaks about the exhibition.

 

Gallery Talk: In Dialogue: African Arts

Wednesday, November 8, 2 pm, Thomas K. Seligman Gallery
Amanda M. Maples, Curatorial Fellow for African and Indigenous American Art speaks about the exhibition.

 

Spotlight Talk: In Dialogue: African Arts
Wednesday, November 15, 12 pm, Thomas K. Seligman Gallery
Amanda M. Maples, Curatorial Fellow for African and Indigenous American Art speaks about Uwa by El Antasui in the exhibition.

 

Gallery Talk: The Crown under the Hammer

Thursday, November 16, 12 pm, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery

Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art speaks about the exhibition.

 

Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body
Thursday, November 16, 2 pm, Susan and John Diekman Gallery
Melissa A. Yuen, Curatorial Fellow for American and European Art to 1900 speaks about the exhibition.

 

DECEMBER

Gallery Talk: The Brave New World of Soviet Political Posters

Saturday, December 2, 12 pm, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery

Bertrand Patenaude, research fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. This gallery talk highlights how the new Soviet regime pioneered the political propaganda poster and examines recurring themes, symbols, and messages.

 

Gallery Talk: Hidden in Plain Sight

Wednesday, December 6, 12 pm, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery

Marissa Schleicher Rhee, project archivist for exhibitions, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. Learn behind the scenes stories of some of the objects on view in the exhibition. Cameos Revealed: A look at what happens when an object is misidentified and what we can learn when corrections are made. Felix & Irena: Introducing the Yusupov couple through their wedding gift. A Rose by any Other Name - Countess/Princess Voronstova: Understanding the nature of painting subject identification and its challenges.

 

Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body
Saturday, December 9, 12 pm, Susan and John Diekman Gallery
Melissa A. Yuen, Curatorial Fellow for American and European Art to 1900 talks about Rodin's working process in the exhibition.

 

JANUARY

Gallery Talk: Russia's Crown Reprised

Saturday, January 13, 12:30 pm, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery

Edward Kasinec, visiting fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. Lascelle Meserve and Nicolas de Basily collected and cherished old Russia and its art. This gallery talk highlights their gifts to the Hoover Institution Library & Archives which make up part of the institution’s impressive holdings on the Russian Revolution and Imperial Russia.

 

Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body
Thursday, January 18, 12 pm, Susan and John Diekman Gallery
Melissa A. Yuen, Curatorial Fellow for American and European Art to 1900 speaks about The Monuments: The Burghers of Calais and Monument to Balzac in the exhibition.

 

Film Series: Classics of Soviet Cinema – October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

Thursday, January 25, 6 pm, Cantor Auditorium

 

FEBRUARY

Film Series: Classics of Soviet Cinema – The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

Thursday, February 1, 6 pm, Cantor Auditorium

 

Film Series: Classics of Soviet Cinema – Man with a Movie Camera

Thursday, February 8, 6 pm, Cantor Auditorium

 

Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body
Wednesday, February 14, 12 pm, Susan and John Diekman Gallery
Melissa A. Yuen, Curatorial Fellow for American and European Art to 1900 speaks about The Monuments: The Gates of Hell in the exhibition.

 

Gallery Talk: Love & Revolution
Wednesday, February 14, 2 pm, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery
Samira Bozorgi, assistant archivist for exhibitions, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. This Valentine’s Day talk focuses on some of the couples who appear in the exhibition including Catherine the Great and Peter III, Nicolas and Lascelle de Basily, and Soviet avant-garde artist couple Valentina Kulagina and Gustav Klutsis.

Film Series: Classics of Soviet Cinema – Lenin in October

Thursday, February 15, 6 pm, Cantor Auditorium

 

Gallery Talk: The Brave New World of Soviet Political Posters

Saturday, February 24, 2 pm, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery

Bertrand Patenaude, research fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. This gallery talk highlights how the new Soviet regime pioneered the political propaganda poster and examines recurring themes, symbols, and messages.

 

MARCH

Gallery Talk: Hidden in Plain Sight

Saturday, March 3, 12 pm, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery

Marissa Schleicher Rhee, project archivist for exhibitions, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. Learn behind the scenes stories of some of the objects on view in the exhibition. The Flipside of Vladimirov: Discover the artist’s endeavors to portray himself as the faithful patriot while also depicting the realities that came with the revolution and Soviet rule. The Red Army ABCs: View pages from this colorful book and explore the symbolism in the images and the lessons they were intended to teach. Russian Girl Power On Display: Discuss the limited role of women in the exhibition, womens’ role in the revolution, and the irony that more powerful women are displayed from Imperial times.