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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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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.

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

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

Gallery Talk: Hope Gangloff Curates Portraiture
Halperin Gallery
Saturday, June 24 at 12:30pm

Jennifer Carty, Assistant Curator, leads a gallery talk through Hope Gangloff Curates Portraiture.

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: What did Aspen have to do with Corporate Design?

Saturday, July 8, 12:30pm, Pigott Gallery

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.

Workshop: Design Thinking Burst - SOLD OUT!
Cantor Auditorium
Thursday, July 27, 5-7pm

Join the for an introduction to the design thinking process.

Design Thinking Burst is a 2-hour interactive, crash course open to anyone who is curious about the design thinking process and wants an experience working on a quick design challenge.

This is a FREE public program offered in conjunction with the exhibition Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950 - 1975 on view April 26 through August 21, 2017.

Registration is required and space is limited. Participants must be 16 years of age or older.

Please note that each participant needs to register individually. A unique name and contact information is required for each registration.

To register, please see our EventBrite link here.

Design Talk: John Christakos, Blu Dot
Cantor Auditorium
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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."