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Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of "Frankenstein"

Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of "Frankenstein"

April 4, 2018–August 5, 2018


Beth Van Hoesen (U.S.A., 1926–2010), Stanford (Arnautoff Class), 1945. Graphite and ink on paper. Gift of the Estate of Beth Van Hoesen

Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery (211)

Marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Stanford University is organizing Frankenstein@200. This yearlong series of courses, lectures, conferences, and a film festival will highlight the relevance of Shelley’s text today, as artificial intelligence and advances in engineering and medicine increasingly blur the divide between man and machine. An associated exhibition drawn from the Cantor’s permanent collection will explore the idea of what defines humanity in the age of Frankenstein.

Through August 5, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12:30PM
Meet in the Cantor's main lobby

Read the Metro's engaging article about this exhibition. 

This exhibition is organized by the Cantor Arts Center in conjunction with the project Frankenstein@200 at Stanford University. We gratefully acknowledge support of this presentation from the Halperin Exhibitions Fund.

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The Cantor is open to the public at 100% indoor capacity. Free, all-day reservations are required for all visitors, including members. Get yours here.

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The Cantor Arts Center is located at the intersection of Museum Way and Lomita Drive in the heart of the arts district on the Stanford campus. The Cantor faces the Bing Concert Hall across Palm Drive, northwest of The Oval and the Main Quad.

328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way
Stanford, CA 94305-5060

How to Get Here


Parking is limited. Stanford has a new contactless process to pay for parking, using the ParkMobile app, website, or phone. Prior to your visit, we recommend you visit the Stanford Transportation website to learn more about the updated visitor parking process.

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