All lectures and symposia are held in the Cantor Arts Center auditorium and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Also see the Art Focus Lecture Series, which offers visitors an opportunity to expand their knowledge of art through lectures, seminars, and workshops with faculty, curators, art experts, and artists.

Spotlight on Art
Graduate students in the Department of Art & Art History give free gallery talks on the second Friday of most months at 2 pm unless otherwise noted during the academic year.
- May 9, Oliver Shultz, PhD candidate in art and art history, discusses Richard Stella's Sequence on the North Lawn.

Voices in the Gallery
Thursday, April 24, 7 pm

Student finalists for the 2014 Geballe Prize for Writing read excerpts of their entries. Pick up a schedule with locations at a lobby information desk that evening.


Wet Plate Demo: The Watkins Way with Rayko's Carlos Arrieta

Saturday, April 26, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm

Join Carlos Arrieta of San Francisco's Rayko Photo Center in a detailed, step-by-step demonstration of the wet plate process that Carleton Watkins used to produce the photographs featured in Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums. Participants will witness the process of coating, sensitizing, exposing, and developing a photo and will also go home with their very own wet plate portrait! Limit 10 participants per session. (NOTE: All sessions currently full. You can add your name to the waitlist here.)


Student Roundtable with Artist Gu Wenda
Thursday, May 1, 4 pm, Cantor Scholtz meeting room
Join an intimate conversation on developments in contemporary Chinese art with leading Chinese conceptual artist Gu Wenda. Light refreshments provided. Stanford students only. RSVP by noon on Friday, April 25 to michelleho@stanford.edu.


The J. Sanford and Vinie Miller Distinguished Lecture in Asian Art
Thursday, May 1, 7 pm, Cantor auditorium
Leading Chinese conceptual artist Gu Wenda uses his art and experiences to discuss developments in contemporary Chinese art.


Artist Lecture: Andrea Fraser
“Art, Equity, and Inequity: A Talk by Andrea Fraser with Response by Shannon Jackson” 
Thursday, May 8, 5:30 pm, Annenberg Auditorium
Noted performance artist Andrea Fraser explores the motivations—everything from prestige to financial investment to personal fulfillment—that drive artists, collectors, art dealers, and corporate sponsors. Shannon Jackson, professor of rhetoric and of theater, dance, and performance studies at the University of California, Berkeley, joins Fraser in conversation.

Panel Discussion
"Photography, Yosemite, and Stanford: The Legacy of Carleton Watkins"
Thursday, May 15, 5:30 pm, Cantor auditorium
Distinguished Stanford faculty, scholars, and curators discuss the enduring impact of Carleton Watkins's photographs. The panelists are: Alex Nemerov, Richard White, Erik Steiner, and Elizabeth Mitchell.


Interactive Demo: Student App-Developers Present Watkins Exhibition Technologies
Thursday, May 22, 5:30 pm, Cantor auditorium
Meet Ash Ngu (Computer Science/Art ‘15) and Davis Wertheimer (Symbolic Systems ‘16), the Stanford students behind the three Cartographic Digital Visualization apps in Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums. Ngu and Wertheimer will demonstrate the exhibition technologies that allow you to contrast Watkins’ photographs with present-day views of the Pacific Coast, to virtually travel throughout the Yosemite Valley through its earliest images by Watkins, and to visualize the progression of Watkins’ travel down the Columbia River.

Faculty Lecture: Dr. James Chang
"Inside Rodin's Hands: Teaching Surgery through Anatomy and Art"
Thursday, May 29, 6:30 pm, Cantor auditorium
Dr. Chang, hand surgeon and professor of plastic surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine, discusses his part in the fascinating collaboration between four Stanford groups that resulted in the unique Cantor exhibition Inside Rodin's Hands: Art, Technology, and Surgery.

Workshop: Landscape Photography at Jasper Ridge

Saturday, June 21, time and fee TBD

Join photographer Burke Griggs on a day-long excursion to the Stanford-owned Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve inspired by Carleton Watkins’ landscape photographs. With its 1200 acres of hilly mass, this natural preserve and biological research station is a treasure trove for aspiring landscape photographers. Limit 15 participants. Register here by noon on Friday, June 13.



Arbor Tour: Explore the Beloved Trees on Stanford's Campus

Saturday, July 26, 10 am and 11:30 am, meet at Gates of Hell
Join our campus arborist, Michael Burdzinksi, as he leads you on a tour of Stanford’s beloved trees in the arboretum and on campus. Stanford scholar Julie Cain will then lead a discussion of the relationship between the environment and art in Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums, a special exhibition at the Cantor that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant. Tours last one hour. Bring sunscreen, a hat, and water. Limit 20 participants per tour. Register here by noon on Friday, July 18.

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