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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.
Select a program to learn more:
- Gallery Talk: Hope Gangloff Curates Portraiture
- Art Practice Faculty Talk Series: Jenny Odell
- Gallery Talks with Curator Wim de Witt
- Friday Film Series: Good Design
- Lecture: Environmental Exposure: Photography and Ecology after 1970
Gallery Talk: Hope Gangloff Curates Portraiture
Thursday, May 25 at 1pm
Saturday, June 24 at 12:30pm
Art Practice Faculty Talk Series: Jenny Odell Thursday, April 27, 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.
Gallery Talks with Curator Wim de Wit
Please join Wim de Wit, curator of Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950-1975, for a series of Gallery Talks.
Gallery Talk: Corporate Identity and Logo DesignThursday, May 11, 6:00pm, Pigott Gallery
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
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
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
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.