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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:

Cantor Scholars Showcase
Thursday, May 18, 4:30-5:30pm

Meet and celebrate the work of the 2016-17 Cantor Scholars as they share their projects with the public for the first time. Ranging from poetry to photographs to an exhibition, their work presents a new lens on the Cantor's collection. Stay for Bad Acting at 6:30pm, a fusion of contemporary dance and drag performance, which was conceived of as part of the Cantor Scholars program.

Bad Acting
Thursday, May 18, 6:30-7:30pm

Fusing drag performance and contemporary dance, Bad Acting is an original performance by Eric Eich responding to the Cantor's collection of unpublished Andy Warhol photographs and contact sheets. Explore the beauty of bad acting and acting badly.

Gallery Talk: Hope Gangloff Curates Portraiture
Halperin Gallery
Thursday, May 25 at 1pm
Saturday, June 24 at 12:30pm

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

Voices in the Gallery
Thursday, May 25, 7:00-8:00pm

Come to the museum for an evening of poetry, creative prose, and scholarly essays as the finalists for the 2017 Geballe Prize read excerpts from their work in front of the objects that inspired them.

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

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

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.

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: 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

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
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. Registration will open on June 1. Participants must be 16 years of age or older.