Skip to main content
Stanford University
The Cantor Arts Center introduces Artist at Work 2017: Hope Gangloff as part of the Diekman Contemporary Commissions Program, a recurring opportunity for artists to create new work

The Cantor Arts Center introduces Artist at Work 2017: Hope Gangloff as part of the Diekman Contemporary Commissions Program, a recurring opportunity for artists to create new work

Hope in studio

Artist Hope Gangloff, Photograph by Don Stahl, NYC 

The Cantor Arts Center

Artist at Work 2017: Hope Gangloff

May 19, 2017–February 12, 2018

Stanford, California—The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is pleased to announce that Hope Gangloff has accepted the invitation to be the first Diekman Contemporary Commissions Program artist. For the inaugural presentation of the program—Artist at Work 2017: Hope Gangloff—she has painted several portraits to hang along the light-filled Atrium Balcony. The artist will be working on-site in the museum’s grand 1894 Atrium, painting her friend, and our own team member, Tammy Fortin. The completed paintings will be on view through February 2018.
"This project allows contemporary artists to use the Cantor Arts Center as a laboratory of sorts as they respond to the architectural space and create new and unexpected works,” said Alison Gass, Associate Director for Collections, Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs. “This is a rare and exciting opportunity for the museum, since this type of boundary-pushing project can activate the experience of the visitor by altering otherwise familiar museum spaces and conceptually trigger a new engagement with the artistic ideas of our world. We are thrilled Hope Gangloff accepted our invitation to transform our Atrium into a space for contemporary creation and dialogue, and delighted that the public will be able to witness the artist’s process.”
As an extension of the contemporary commissioning program, Gangloff will mine the museum’s permanent collection and select key historical works to hang alongside her own contemporary paintings in the exhibition Hope Gangloff Curates Portraiture. Using the format of artist as curator, this exhibition will contextualize contemporary art within the language of art history and investigate the traditional genre of portraiture. It will also invite viewers to experience the Cantor’s rich historical collection through the eyes of a celebrated artist working today. The exhibition will be on view April 5–September 24, 2017.
Related Programs
Gallery Talks
Assistant Curator Jennifer Carty will give gallery talks about Hope Gangloff Curates Portraiture and Artist and Work 2017: Hope Gangloff on Thursday, April 6 at 6 p.m, Thursday, May 25 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, June 24 at 12:30 p.m.
Second Sunday: Featuring Faces
On Sunday, April 9, the Cantor’s monthly, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making and gallery adventures will focus on Hope Gangloff and portraits from the Cantor Collection. Programming includes a drop-in studio, spotlight talks, art-making activities in the Oshman Family Gallery and storytime. All Second Sunday offerings are free for visitors of all ages.

About Hope Gangloff
Hope Gangloff’s paintings of Brooklyn bohemians, primarily her friends caught seemingly unaware in moments of leisure, are reminiscent of both the subject matter and lush, colorful brushwork of late 19th- and early 20th-century expressionists such as Van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Suzanne Valadon. Based in New York, Gangloff insists that she will only paint people she knows, calling the act of portrait-painting a “personal exchange” between the subject and the artist. She invites her sitters to wear whatever they feel most comfortable in and paints them with their own furniture or favorite environments as backgrounds.

Gangloff was born in 1974 in Amityville, New York and is a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Art and Science. She lives and works in New York City. She has exhibited internationally with solo museum exhibitions at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, in Connecticut; and a three- person show at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Missouri. Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America, The Last Magazine, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Paris Review, Vice and The Village Voice, amongst others. She is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC, and her seventh solo exhibition with the gallery runs through April 22.,

The Diekman Contemporary Commissions Program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge support from The Diekman Special Projects Fund in honor of Mona Duggan and her extraordinary dedication to the arts at Stanford.

Hope Gangloff Curates Portraiture is organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge support from The Halperin Exhibitions Fund.

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Founded when the university opened in 1891, the museum was expanded and renamed in 1999 for lead donors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor. The Cantor’s collection spans 5,000 years and includes more than 38,000 works of art. Ranging from classical antiquities to contemporary works, the Cantor’s holdings include the largest collection of sculptures by renowned master Auguste Rodin in an American museum.  With 24 galleries and more than 15 special exhibitions each year, the Cantor is one of the most visited university art museums in the country and is an established resource for teaching and research on campus.  Free admission, tours, lectures, and family activities help the museum attract visitors from Stanford’s academic community, the San Francisco Bay Area, and from around the world.