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.


Joint Faculty Lecture: Alexander Nemerov & Scott Sagan on Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 pm, auditorium

Alexander Nemerov and Scott Sagan offer interdisciplinary perspectives on the Cantor's special exhibition Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Nemerov is the Chair of the Department of Art & Art History and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities. Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, the Mimi and Peter Haas University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and Senior Fellow at the Center for the International Security and Cooperation and at the Freeman Spogli Institute. Enter through Diekman (Rodin) Rotunda or main lobby. Doors open at 5:15 pm

Heritage Bureaucracies: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

Thursday, February 18 & Friday, February 19, Stanford Archaeology Center Building 500, 488 Escondido Mall (map)

This conference aims to further our understanding of the institutional cultures, funding schemes and power structures underlying transnational institutions, with a particular focus on heritage bureaucracies. We bring together scholars working at the intersection of archaeology, anthropology, sociology and law to offer a broader understanding of the intricacies of multilateral institutions and global civic society in shaping contemporary heritage governance. Speakers will provide ethnographic perspectives on the study of international organizations, such as the UN and EU, in an effort to show the entanglement of political and technical decision-making.
Co-sponsored by the Stanford Archaeology Center, Center for Russian, East European, and Euroasian Studies, Stanford Humanities Center, The Europe Center, France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Mediterranean Studies Forum

Faculty Panel: Richard Meyer, Ivan Lupic, and Terry Castle, "Queer Mannerism"

Wednesday, February 24, 5:30 pm, auditorium

Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History; Terry, Castle, the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities; and Ivan Lupic, assistant professor in the Department of English, discuss queer visuality in Mannerist prints. This panel highlights works in the Cantor's special exhibition, Myth, Allegory, and Faith: The Kirk Edward Long Collection of Mannerist Prints.

Enter through Diekman (Rodin) Rotunda or main lobby. Doors open at 5:15 pm

Ethics of Democracy Lecture: Greg Edwards

Thursday, March 10, 5:30 pm, auditorium

Oakland artist Gregory Edwards will be in conversation with Alexander Nemerov, Chair of the Department of Art & Art History, about the artist's work on race and democracy. The event is part of "The Ethics of Democracy" series.
Co-sponsored by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society

Faculty Lecture: Janice Ross, Faculty Director of ITALIC and Professor of the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University, will discuss the radical modernist Russian choreographer, Leonid Yakobson, and his deployment of  ballets based on images and themes from Rodin’s sculptures as a means of challenging Soviet authorities. 

Ross, is the author of an important book on Yakobson published earlier this year by Yale University Press. Wendy Van Dyck,  former principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program Assistant, has performed Rodin and restaged them on the San Francisco Ballet School Trainees for this event.

  •  5:30 pm - Lecture by Janice Ross, Cantor auditorium6 pm - Performances by San Francisco Ballet Trainees, North Lawn6:30 pm - Q&A with Janice Ross & Wendy Van Dyck
  • Till 8 pm - Museum will be open late for viewing of Rodin galleries


Dance Performance: “Rodin, Ballet, and Danger"
Thursday, April 14, 5:30 pm
Cantor auditorium, Rodin galleries, and North Lawn

Limited capacity. RSVP required. Please check back soon for how to RSVP.


Faculty Lecture: Alexander Nemerov, "Two Americas, One Place: Grandma Moses and Shirley Jackson"

Thursday, April 21, 5:30 pm, auditorium

Anna Mary Robertson Moses (a.k.a. Grandma Moses) and Shirley Jackson do not seem to go together. The maker of quaint childlike American scenes and the writer of the infamous short story "The Lottery" give vastly different views of America. Yet Moses and Jackson created their versions of American life within a few miles of one another, in and around the town of Bennington, Vermont, and they reached their greatest fame at the same time (around the year 1950). Alexander Nemerov, himself a native of Bennington, explores the relation between these two American masters. Professor Nemerov is the Chair of the Department of Art & Art History and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities.

Faculty Lecture: Gail Wight

Thursday, May 5, 5:30 pm, auditorium

Gail Wight, Associate Professor of Art Practice in Stanford's Department of Art & Art History, discusses the role of process in her work. This is part of a series of studio art faculty talks at the Cantor to welcome the Department of Art & Art History to their new home, the McMurtry Building.

Faculty Lecture: Alexander Nemerov, "Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine"

Thursday, June 2, 5:30 pm, auditorium

One hundred years ago the American photographer Lewis Hine took some of the most memorable pictures of child workers ever made. Traveling around the United States while working for the National Child Labor Committee, he photographed children in textile mills, coal mines, and factories from Vermont to Georgia. In this lecture, given in tandem with the Cantor's exhibition Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine, Alexander Nemerov tells the story of some of Hine's most poignant photographs. Professor Nemerov is the Chair of the Department of Art & Art History and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities.

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