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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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Design Talk: John Christakos, Blu Dot
Thursday, August 17, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Cantor Auditorium

John Christakos, Founder and CEO of Minneapolis-based Blu Dot, will share work from the company's initial collection to its most current designs, highlighting both successes and failures, as well as the journey of starting a business with three partners and $50,000 of their own savings and growing it into the global enterprise it is today.

The story of Blu Dot provides an interesting contemporary counterpoint to the exhibition Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950 – 1975 which examines the relationship between designers and their corporate patrons. The three Blu Dot founders, all designers themselves, endeavored to start a company as a means to "feed their habit" rather than rely on corporate sponsors to produce their work. As a result of living with the consequences of their own design decisions, the work of the Blu Dot studio over the last twenty years is imbued with a deep sense of pragmatism. In an age of "disruptors" and "unicorns", the Blu Dot founders joke that they are more of a "mule."


Conversation: Nina Katchadourian with Veronica Roberts

Saturday, September 16, 2 pm, Cantor Auditorium


This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration is required.

Please join Nina Katchadourian and Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, for a conversation about Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser.

Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser explores several major bodies of work by celebrated Stanford-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968), including video, photography, sculpture, and sound art. 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.

Please mark your calendars for an upcoming Talk by Nina Katchadourian on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm at CEMEX Auditorium. This program is free and open to the public. No registration required.

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.