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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.

Friday Film Series: Surrealist Cinema

Fridays in February and March

In conjunction with the exhibition The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism, join us Friday afternoons in February and March for a four-part film series exploring the rich tradition of Surrealist cinema, spanning from the movement’s origins in 1920s France through the 1980s and encompassing an eclectic mix of genres and styles including experimental narrative, found footage, essay films, animation, and collage. Featured artists include Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali, Luis Buñuel, Maya Deren, Jean Genet, Chris Marker, Samuel Beckett, and more.

 

Surrealism's Cinematic Afterlives (1963 - 1986)

Friday, March 31, 1:00pm, Cantor Auditorium

La Jetée (1963, Dir. Chris Marker, 29min)
Film (1965, Dir. Alan Schneider, 22min)
Street of Crocodiles (1986, Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 20mins)

Total runtime: 71 minutes


Free and open to the public. The films will continually screen in the order above starting at 1PM and ending at 4PM. Visitors are encouraged to drop in and out of the screening as their schedule allows.

Lecture: A Mushroom Perspective on Sacred Geography

Thursday, March 30, Cantor Auditorium

6:00pm - Reception • 6:45pm - Lecture

In East Asian cultures, the lingzhi mushroom was believed to be a spiritual organism that thrived only at sacred sites. Drawing from the Cantor’s rich collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art, A Mushroom Perspective on Sacred Geography brings together a wide variety of objects (painting, ceramic, jade, lacquer, and works on paper) to examine the dynamic interconnections between humans, natural organisms, and sacred landscapes.

Exhibition curator, Yu-chuan Phoenix Chen, Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Curatorial Research Assistant, and PhD candidate in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University, will discuss the exhibition which ultimately urges us to consider our own longstanding and ongoing relationship with nature. 

Please join Yu-chuan Phoenix Chen prior to his talk at a reception from 6 - 6:30pm on the Geballe Balcony (Second Floor) of the Cantor Arts Center. 
This program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Gallery Talk: Hope Gangloff Curates Portraiture

Thursday, April 6, 6:00pm, Halperin Gallery
Jennifer Carty, Assistant Curator, leads a gallery talk through Hope Gangloff Curates Portraiture.

Angles on Art: Richard Long, Georgia Granite Circle
Thursday, April 13, 5:30pm
Stanford graduate students Danny Smith (Art History), Amani Starnes (Theater and Performance Studies), and Ann Tartsinis (Art History and Design) discuss the Cantor's sculpture from their unique disciplinary perspectives.

Intersections: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Thursday, April 13, 7:00pm, CEMEX Auditorium

Nigerian-born, LA-based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s artwork tells elaborate and delicate stories of her life. Densely layered figurative compositions conjure the complexity of contemporary experience. She describes them as “contact zones, spaces where cultures come together and grapple with each other,” bringing viewers into a “weird in-between space.”

Akunyili Crosby will be in conversation with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art at Cantor Arts Center and Catherine Hale, Curator - Creative Campus Galleries at Sheridan (Toronto).

Lecture: The Master of the Two Left Feet
Thursday, April 20, 6:00pm, Cantor Auditorium
Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, presents a talk focusing on the obscure yet fascinating career of the folk artist Morris Hirshfield (1872-1946), a former tailor and slipper manufacturer who took up painting at the age of 65. Hirshfield's wildly stylized pictures of animals, landscapes, and female nudes attracted a great degree of attention in the 1940s, including a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943. Taking Hirshfield as case study, this talk considers the surprising dialogue between folk art and vanguard modernism at mid-century. Doors open at 5:30pm.

 

Art Practice Faculty Talk Series: Jenny Odell

Thursday, April 27, at 6:00pm, Cantor Auditorium

Jenny Odell combines research, aesthetics, and found online material in an effort to parse the infrastructural networks at the heart of the everyday. Her work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and YBCA in San Francisco, Les Rencontres d'Arles in France, East Wing in Dubai, Apexart in New York, and the Google headquarters. Odell has also been an artist in residence at Recology SF, YBCA, the Palo Alto Art Center, and Facebook.

This is part of a continuing series of Art Practice faculty talks at the Cantor to welcome the Department of Art and Art History to their new home in the McMurtry Building.


Gallery Talk: Corporate Identity and Logo Design

Thursday, May 11, 6:00pm, Pigott Gallery
Please join Wim de Wit, curator of Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950-1975, for a series of Gallery Talks.
- This talk explores the work of graphic designers who were hired by corporations to create unique visual identities as part of their efforts to stand out in the increasingly competitive environment of the post-World War II period.

Gallery Talk: Product Design for the Corporate World
Saturday, June 10, 12:30pm, Pigott Gallery
Please join Wim de Wit, curator of Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950-1975, for a series of Gallery Talks.
- This talk considers the intricate and sometimes fraught relationship between the industrial designer, corporate management, and those who actually manufacture a company’s products.

Gallery Talk: What did Aspen have to do with Corporate Design?
Saturday, July 8, 12:30pm, Pigott Gallery
Please join Wim de Wit, curator of Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950-1975, for a series of Gallery Talks.
- This talk examines the relationship between the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA) and the pre-war German Bauhaus, and tests the idea—promoted by both—of creating designs for mass production.

Friday Film Series: Good Design

Join us on select Fridays from May through August for a film series presented in conjunction with the exhibition Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950 – 1975. The series includes award-winning feature films and film shorts about design and design thinking made between 1958 – 2014. The film series takes its name from Dieter Rams' 10 Principles of Good Design.

May 19, Start time 1pm, Cantor Auditorium
Design is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli 

Directors: Kathy Brew and Robert Guerra 
Running time: 86 min, 2014 

Helvetica 
Director: Gary Hustwit 
Running time: 80 min, 2007 

May 26, Start time 1pm, Cantor Auditorium
Powers of Ten 

Directors: Charles and Ray Eames 
Running time: 10 min , 1977 

The Information Machine 
Directors: Charles and Ray Eames 
Running time: 10 min, 1957 

Eames: The Architect & the Painter 
Directors: Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey 
Running time: 85 min, 2011

June 23, Start time 1pm, Cantor Auditorium 
Faces and Fortunes 

Director: Morton Goldsholl 
Running time: 13 min, 1959 

American Look 
Directors: W.F. Banes and John Thiele 
Running time: 29 min, 1958 

Bauhaus: Face of the 20th Century 
Director: Frank Whitford 
Running time: 50 min, 1994 

Icons of 20th Century Design 
Directors: Didier Baussy-Oulianoff and Reiner E. Moritz 
Running time: 60 min, 1993 

July 14, Start time 1pm, Cantor Auditorium
Design the New Business 

Filmmakers: Erik van Bergen, Esra Gokgoz, Gunjan Singh, Juan David Martin, Marta Ferreira de Sá, and Miguel Melgarejo 
Running time: 40 min, 2011

Objectified 
Director: Gary Hustwit 
Running time: 96 min, 2009

August 4, Start time 1pm, Cantor Auditorium 
Design and Thinking 
Filmmakers: Yuhsiu Yang and Melissa Huang for Muris Media 
Running time: 75 min, 2012 

Inge Druckrey: Teaching to See 
Director: Andrei Severny 
Running time: 37 min, 2012

Lecture: Environmental Exposure: Photography and Ecology after 1970
Thursday, June 1, Cantor Auditorium
6:00pm - Lecture • 7:00pm - Reception

Environmental Exposure: Photography and Ecology after 1970 draws on photographic prints and slides from the 1970s to explore a transformative moment in the visual culture of American environmentalism. Rejecting romantic myths of the unspoiled wilderness, photographers such as Lewis Baltz and Frank Gohlke presented depersonalized images of a “man-altered” American landscape, exploring tensions between nature, development and decay.

Exhibition curator, Michael Metzger, Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Curatorial Research Assistant and PhD candidate in the Department of Art & Art History, will discuss how a variety of American photographers sought new visual languages to address the urgent questions of energy use, waste and pollution, reflecting the changes in our environment and in our understanding of our place within it.

Please join Michael Metzger after his talk at a reception from 7 - 7:30pm on the Geballe Balcony (Second Floor) of the Cantor Arts Center.

This program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.