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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.

 

Gallery Talk: Jennifer Carty on Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

Join Jennifer Carty, Assistant Curator at the Cantor Arts Center, for a lively and informative talk in the gallery.

Thursday, September 28, 6 pm, Pigott Family Gallery

Saturday, December 2, 2 pm, Pigott Family Gallery


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.

 

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

Film: Divino Inferno [Rodin and The Gates of Hell] (2017)
Thursday, October 12, 6 pm, Oshman Hall/McMurtry Building
Screening followed by a Q&A with Bruno Aveillan, Zoé Balthus, and Dr. Jean Baptiste Chantoiseau, Editor at Musée Rodin (Paris). This program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets and advanced registration is not required. First come, first seated. Run time: 60 minutes.

A film by Bruno Aveillan, written by Zoé Balthus and Bruno Aveillan—Divino Inferno reveals the little-known story behind The Gates of Hell - one of the most enigmatic masterpieces in the history of art, and the key to the sculptor Auguste Rodin's oeuvre as a whole. Through the thrilling story of this door’s creation, the visual artist, photographer and filmmaker Bruno Aveillan draws a fascinating portrait of the sculptor in which Aveillan and co-writer Zoé Balthus explore all aspects of the creation of this unique monument and show just how visionary Rodin was as an artist. Working with contemporary dancers and artists such as Mircea Cantor (2011 Marcel Duchamp Award), Aveillan presents a film that combines visual art, music and literature and takes a totally fresh look at the work of one of the greatest creative artists of all time.

 

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: 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: In Dialogue: African Arts

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

 

Lecture: The Russian Revolution Comes to Stanford—Alexander Kerensky on Campus
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

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 and a book signing will follow the program.

 

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

Thursday, November 8, 2 pm, Thomas K. Seligman Gallery
Amanda 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: 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: 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: 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.

 

FEBRUARY

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.