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
First Wednesday of the month, October to May, starting at noon.
Graduate students in the Department of Art & Art History give free gallery talks on objects in our collection. For the 2014–2015 academic year, talks will occur on the dates listed below. Check back soon for speakers and topics!

• May 6, 2015: Caroline Culp on Asher B. Durand's Summer Landscape


Jacob Lawrence Teachers' Workshop

Thursday, April 16, 6 pm to 8 pm

OR Saturday, April 18, 10 am to noon

Cantor auditorium

Limited capacity; RSVP at http://bit.ly/teachlawrence

Local K-8 teachers are invited to tour Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor with a docent who will offer ideas on how to incorporate its content into school curricula, learn Art in Action methods for enriching students with visual literacy skills, and create an art project based on the exhibition that can be replicated in the classroom. Please click here to download the flyer.


Faculty Panel: Jacob Lawrence and the Harlem Renaissance

Thursday, April 23, 5:30 pm

Cantor auditorium

Stanford faculty members discuss selected works from Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor, illuminating the social and political contexts for Jacob Lawrence's iconography and exploring the artist's significance to American art. The panelists are:

  • Michele Elam, Professor of English and Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Department of English
  • James T. Campbell, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History, Department of History


Multimedia Presentation: Reframe Iran

Thursday, April 30, 5:30 pm

Cantor auditorium

Members of the Brown Institute, a team of journalists, film-makers, and engineers from Columbia University and Stanford University, present the stories and work of 40 Iranian artists through high-res photographs and immersive, virtual-reality video. Co-sponsored by the Brown Institute


Lecture: "Pool Parlors and Beat Cops: The Colorful Noise of a Jacob Lawrence Street Scene"

Thursday, May 7, 6:30 pm

Cantor auditorium

Nate Sloan, Geballe Dissertation Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, will discuss jazz music and the sounds and rhythms of the street in the context of the Harlem Renaissance. His talk will draw connections to Jacob Lawrence's street and subway scenes from Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor.


Figure Drawing Workshop

Saturday, June 20, 1:30 pm - 4 pm

Cantor auditorium

Ages 15 and up

Limited capacity; please click here to RSVP.

Larry Lippold, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and former Cantor preparator, teachers techniques employed in works from 500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum. Participants work from a live model and use materials provided by the Cantor.


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