The Cantor Arts Center offers myriad opportunities for Stanford faculty and students and the public at large to participate in programs, classes, and art-related events. Most of the programs are free. See the calendar for a full list, explore the links at left for information, or sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter. The Center is fully 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.


The Cinematic Origins of Surrealism (1924 - 1928)

Friday, February 10 and March 10, 1PM, Cantor Auditorium

Entr'acte (1924, Dir. René Clair, 22min)
Anemic Cinema (1926, Dir. Marcel Duchamp, 6min)

Emak Bakia (1926, Dir. Man Ray, 16min)

L’Etoile de Mer (1928, Dir. Man Ray, 16min)

The Seashell the Clergyman (1928, Dir. Germaine Dulac, 32min)

Total runtime: 92 min. 


Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali, Luis Buñuel
Friday, February 17 and March 17, 1PM, Cantor Auditorium

The Blood of a Poet (1930, Dir. Jean Cocteau, 55min)

L'Age d'Or (1930, Dir. Luis Buñuel, 63min)

Total runtime: 118 minutes


Experiments in Surrealist Cinema (1943 - 1950)
Friday, February 24 and March 24, 1PM, Cantor Auditorium

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, Dir. Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid, 14min)

Un Chant D’Amour (1950, Dir. Jean Genet, 26min)

Total runtime: 40 minutes


Surrealism's Cinematic Afterlives (1963 - 1986)

Friday, March 3 and March 31, 1PM, 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.

New Perspectives on the Legacy of Surrealism
Thursday, February 23, 6pm, Cantor Auditorium
In conjunction with the exhibition The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism, panelists will discuss Surrealism from their unique disciplinary perspectives. Panelists include Heather Christle (noted author and poet), Marci Kwon (Assistant Professor Art History, Stanford University), Sean O'Hanlan (PhD Candidate Art History, Stanford University), and Sandra Zalman (Associate Professor of Art History, University of Houston). The panel will be moderated by Jodi Roberts (Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center).

Following the panel, visitors are encouraged to visit The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism which will be on view until 8pm. The exhibition will be on view through April 3, 2017.

Gallery Talk with Elizabeth Mitchell - The Wonder of Everyday Life: Dutch Golden Age Prints

Saturday, February 25, 12:30pm, Halperin Gallery

Elizabeth Mitchell, Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Drawings, Prints and Photographs, leads a gallery talk through The Wonder of Everyday Life: Dutch Golden Age PrintsWhile the Dutch republic experienced unprecedented economic prosperity in the 17th century, printmakers were exceptionally sensitive - and sometimes obsessive - when rendering the details of everyday life. Their style introduced visual realism to the dramatic and dynamic compositions characteristic of the Baroque. A  hallmark of Dutch prints created during this Golden Age is their depiction of the grit, dark corners and textures present in the mundane objects featured in domestic scenes, landscapes, portraits, and even compositions interpreting literature or religious texts.

Gallery Talk: The Conjured Life, The Legacy of Surrealism
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:30pm, Pigott Gallery

Jodi Roberts, Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, and Lynne Warren, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, discuss The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism.

Ms. Warren is Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago where she has organized over 30 solo exhibitions of artists ranging from Robert Heinecken: Photographist (1999) and Dan Peterman: Plastic Economies (2004) to Jim Nutt: Coming Into Character (2011). Major exhibitions include Alexander Calder: Form, Balance, Joy (2010), the H.C. Westermann exhibition and catalogue raisonné projects (2001), both of which traveled nationally, and  Art in Chicago, 1945-1995 (1997) which produced the first comprehensive book of Chicago’s unique art history. Most recently she mounted the well-received exhibition Surrealism: The Conjured Life from the MCA’s extensive surrealist holdings.

Lecture: A Mushroom Perspective on Sacred Geography

Thursday, March 30, 6:45pm, Cantor Auditorium

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, a PhD candidate in the Department of Art & Art history, will discuss the exhibition which ultimately urges us to consider our own longstanding and ongoing relationship with nature. 


Please join us for a reception at 6PM on the Geballe Family Balcony. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served ahead of the lecture at 6:45PM in Cantor Auditorium.

Intersections: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Thursday, April 13, 7pm, CEMEX Auditorium

Drawing on art historical, political and personal references, Njideka Akunyili Crosby creates densely layered figurative compositions that, precise in style, nonetheless conjure the complexity of contemporary experience. Akunyili Crosby was born in Nigeria, where she lived until the age of sixteen. In 1999 she moved to the United States, where she has remained since that time. Her cultural identity combines strong attachments to the country of her birth and to her adopted home, a hybrid identity that is reflected in her work. 

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).

Art Practice Faculty Talk Series: Jenny Odell

Thursday, April 27, at 6pm, 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.

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