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!

• April 1, 2015: Lexi Johnson on George Segal's Gay Liberation (Meet in front of Memorial Church)

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

She Who Tells a Story Faculty Panel

Thursday, April 9, 4:30 pm - NOTE EARLIER START TIME

Cantor classroom (next to Cool Cafe)

Three leading scholars discuss the intersection of poetry and photography as they relate to the Cantor's special exhibition She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.

  • Attiya Ahmad, Stanford Humanities Center Fellow and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the George Washington University, "Refracted Images: The Ordinariness of Middle Eastern Gendered Photography in Socio-Historical Context"
  • Dominic Brookshaw, Senior Research Fellow in Persian and Associate Professor of Persian Literature at the University of Oxford, "Telling Stories: The Female Voice in 19th and 20th Century Persian Poetry"
  • Nasrin Rahimieh, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, "Women Writing Ordinary Lives"


Co-sponsored by the Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford Global Studies, Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and Stanford Humanities Center


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 Iranaian 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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