Exhibition Schedule

August 9 – November 26, 2006
Chasing History: Art and Provenance
Over the past two years, the Cantor Arts Center has undertaken an extensive review of its collection of European art and sculpture, focusing specifically on the history of ownership, or provenance, of the works in its care. This exhibition, organized by curatorial assistant Judy Dennis and chief curator Bernard Barryte, highlights the research conducted on several paintings, including Palma Giovane’s Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness and Sir Joshua Reynolds’s Portrait of Elizabeth Turner, illustrating methods and revealing results of the investigations.

September 20, 2006 – December 31, 2006
The Virgin, Saints, and Angels: South American Paintings 1600 - 1825 from the Thoma Collection
This exhibition examines the pictorial arts that developed within the vast Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru, which encompassed much of present day Peru, Bolivia, Columbia, and Ecuador. Although the Cuzco School is the best known, other regional styles evolved in this territory. Including examples by Italian, Flemish, Spanish, Creole, mestizo, and Indian artists, the 53 paintings in the Thoma collection offer a compelling survey of these diverse schools, illustrating as well the range of religious and secular subject matter favored in the region. Catalog available. Organized by the Cantor Arts Center and traveling to other institutions after viewing at Stanford.
Media preview: Wednesday, September 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Opening October 28, 2006
From the Collection:
19th-Century European and American Art

The new installation of the Robert Mondavi Family Gallery presents the Center's 19th-century European and American collections reconfigured to clarify the relationships between the various works and to introduce connections through international trade and travel. Two small gallery areas are established within the larger gallery: one where smaller paintings are grouped as they might have been in the salon of a collector; the other brings together changing selections of works on paper. Organized by the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

November 15, 2006 – March 4, 2007
Visions of Dharma: Thai Contemporary Art

This exhibition highlights the work of two of Thailand's greatest living artists, Kamol Tassanachalee and Thawan Duchanee. Both have exhibited internationally and have been awarded the title of "National Artist," an honor that the Thai government gives to just one artist, poet, or author a year. While deeply rooted in Buddhism and traditional Thai culture, their works are extremely contemporary and explore a wide range of subjects and styles, ranging from the human subconscious' struggles to control its innermost passions and violent desires, to the devastation of the recent tsunami and ecological issues. Organized by the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

February 14 – May 6, 2007
In the American West: Photographs by Richard Avedon

Assertive, controversial, and graphically striking, the works in the exhibition In the American West: Photographs by Richard Avedon attracted overflow crowds and widespread media acclaim when they were first shown in 1985. Avedon's oversize images of working-class Westerners continue to generate heated debate and are classics in the history of photography. This national touring show, presented on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the initial exhibition, provides the opportunity to reexamine this compelling group of photographs and to explore the realities and myths of the American West. Catalogue available. Organized by the Amon Carter Museum.
Media preview: Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

March 21 – July 1, 2007
Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks

Born in 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas, Gordon Parks documented crime and poverty, as well as its opposite — glamour. An African American photographer, filmmaker, and author who began working professionally in the 1940s and contributed to magazines such as Life, Parks tackled the harsh truth and dignity of the black urban and rural poor in the United States. The exhibition, which comes from the collection of the Capital Group, is comprised of 73 photographs that were selected by the artist as some of the finest examples of his work. Catalogue available. After viewing at Stanford, the exhibition travels to other venues.

May 30 – September 2, 2007
Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World

This exhibition focuses on silver jewelry, leather bags, and other items crafted by the nomadic Tuareg people of Niger, Mali, and Algeria. Art of Being Tuareg contrasts historic objects, which reflect Tuareg life in the Sahara, with modern objects created within urban contexts for Tuareg and non-Tuareg people. Catalogue available. Co-organized by the Cantor Arts Center and UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. The exhibition opens at UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, then goes on view at Stanford. After viewing at Stanford, the exhibition travels to the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Media preview: Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

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