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PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURED IN FOUR SHOWS
Two new shows present work by world renowned contemporary artists.
Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley
Through June 16
Experience the haunting beauty of this acclaimed photographer’s large-scale images. These exquisite works transcend the environmental devastation they reveal—landscapes and communities destroyed by the petrochemical industry. The exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The show includes 19 large-scale color photographs and 14 contact sheets. Environmental Film Series April 21, Misrach speaks May 13, 6 pm. Learn more
Lee Friedlander: The Cray Photographs
Through June 16
Witness the rise of the American supercomputer industry through the eyes of one of the nation's most influential photographers. The 79 vintage prints in the exhibition are the partial and promised gift of Michael J. Levinthal to the Cantor Arts Center. Learn more
Travel back in time, enjoy two shows of photographs from another era.
North Africa and the Holy Land in 19th-Century Photographs
Through June 2
During the 19th century, photographs served as mementos of journeys or surrogate experiences for Americans and Europeans unable or too daunted to travel. They were also used by scholars as official records of archaeological expeditions and by the devout to explore places mentioned in the Bible. This installation presents 16 vintage photographs offering city views, picturesque views of holy sites, ancient architectural wonders, and studies of significant artifacts. All photographs in this installation are drawn from the Cantor Arts Center's collection.
Hauntings: American Photographs, 1845–1970
Through July 7
Spellbinding images that allude to the ghostly quality and ephemeral nature of photography. In the 22 photographs selected for this installation, time rolls in rear-view mirrors and ocean waves, or across the sky in a passing phenomenon, a dirigible floating in the clouds.
ALSO ON VIEW
Buying and Selling: Early Modern Economies of Labor, Merchandise, Services, and Shopping
Through June 2
European artists of the 17th and 18th centuries took great interest in depicting modern life, which included commercial exchange and a rapidly expanding market of material goods. The 17 prints and drawings in this exhibition offer views of different types of workplaces and showcase a range of workers at their tasks, from the skilled goldsmith to the lowly butcher and rat catcher.
Buying and Selling: Stanford Student Filmmakers on Bay Area Economies
Through June 2
Students in Stanford's graduate program in documentary film have found, recorded, and presented unheralded true stories in short films and videos. These films focus on "Buying and Selling" — of people, resources, and circumstances that may otherwise go unnoticed in the world of commerce. Selected from many dozens of documentaries produced over the past decade by Stanford M.F.A. and M.A. students, these shorts provide a contemporary counterpart to the themes illustrated in the focused exhibition Buying and Selling in the adjacent European gallery. Two installments, seven films each.
Dotty Attie: Sometimes a Traveler/There Lived in Egypt
Through June 16
Dotty Attie is known for her reproductions of European Old Master paintings paired with text—pieces that poetically reveal the voyeuristic narratives in Western visual and literary arts. Her portfolio Sometimes a Traveler/There Lived in Egypt calls particular attention to the exploitation of the North African female body and its place in European Orientalists' imaginations. Sixteen works on display.
More Than Fifteen Minutes: Andy Warhol and Celebrity
Through June 30
As a Pop artist trained in advertising, Andy Warhol was obsessed with fame and the media. This exhibition features prints, drawings, and Polaroid photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Mao Tse Tung, Mick Jagger, and other contemporary icons, exploring ideas about fame, ephemerality, and the legacy of Andy Warhol. Approximately 24 works on display.
A Royal Renaissance: School of Fontainebleau Prints from the Kirk Edward Long Collection
Through July 14
After suffering military defeat at the hands of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, King Francois I of France returned to his realm in 1526, determined to triumph in matters of culture. He began by commissioning esteemed Italian artists to transform his medieval hunting lodge at Fontainebleau into a showcase royal residence, other artists made engravings and etchings that recorded the multimedia ensembles reflecting the new "Fontainebleau" style. More than 30 of these works have been selected from the collection of Kirk Edward Long to illustrate the sophistication and extravagance of this courtly style. Learn more
Border Crossings: From Imperial to Popular Life
Through August 4
How are the boundaries between social classes and identities challenged and transcended? This exhibition explores that question by considering art production in China and Japan during the last three hundred years. After recent research and reevaluation, two sets of 18th-century Chinese paintings from the collection have been rescued from obscurity and are now on view here for the first time. These works demonstrate how artisans outside palace walls reproduced the subjects and styles of imperial paintings in order to satisfy the demands of a rising social class. In addition, the exhibition features Japanese woodblock prints of civil life, urban scenes and coveted fashions of the “floating world”—images that existed despite the ruling shogunate’s regimentation. Forty-four works on display.
Wood, Metal, Paint: Sculpture from the Fisher Collection
Through August 2013
This installation includes pieces by Martin Puryear, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg, Carl Andre, and John Chamberlain. The six works on display are especially significant because they serve as examples of the innovations that established the reputations of these artists.
Sequence at Stanford
Richard Serra's Sequence is on loan from the Doris and Don Fisher Collection for five years. Its location at the Cantor finally gives viewers the chance to encounter Sequence in the open air, as Serra intended. Entrance to Sequence is via the Cantor building; it is accessible during museum hours.
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FAMILY EVENTS: learn more about free family events
Every Sunday: Docent-Led Family Tours and Drop-In Art Making
Special 30-minute tours depart from "The Thinker" in the Rodin rotunda every Sunday at 12:30, 1, and 1:30 pm.
Artworks chosen for the tour become inspiration for drop-in art-making in the Moorman Studio.
Due to popularity, sessions are limited to 30 minutes, as space permits. Free and open to all families.
Daily: Art packs: Young artists can check out art kits stocked with colored pencils and sketch paper and spend time in our galleries drawing. Children then return the kits when they are finished and take their work home.
TOURS: learn more about tours; all tours meet in the main lobby unless otherwise noted.
• Through June 16: Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley, Thursdays 12:15 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2 pm
• Introduction to the Cantor Arts Center, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm
• Outdoor Sculpture Walk, April 7 at 2 pm, meet at the Main Quad, by top of Oval
• Contemporary Art, April 13 at 3 pm
• Outdoor Sculpture around the Museum, April 21 at 11:30 am
• Rodin Sculpture Garden and Galleries, Wednesdays at 2 pm, Saturdays at 11:30 am, Sundays at 3 pm, rain or shine
• Memorial Church, Fridays at 2 pm, rain or shine. Meet at the church entrance
• Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, April 21, 2 pm, rain or shine. Meet on the corner of Santa Teresa and Lomita Drive
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Images, top to bottom:
Richard Misrach, Night Fishing, Near Bonnet Carré Spillway, Norco, Louisiana, negative 1998, print 2012. Inkjet print. High Museum of Art, Atlanta © 2012 Richard Misrach.
Lee Friedlander, Cray at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, 1986. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Michael J. Levinthal, Cantor Arts Center, 2012.224.1. © Lee Friedlander, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.
Félix Bonfils, Ascent of the Great Pyramid, 19th century, albumen print. Gift of Joseph Folberg, 1994.68.56.
Gertrude Stanton Kasebier, Happy Days, 1905. Photogravure. Gift of Graham Nash, 1978.234.23.
Artist Unknown, Coffee Vendor, 18th century, pen and ink with watercolor on paper. Museum Purchase Fund, 1969.200.
Ryan Malloy (Stanford M.F.A. Class of 2011), Plasticity (still), 2010.
Dotty Attie, Portfolio for "Sometimes a Traveler/There Lived in Egypt," 1995. By exchange with The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, for a gift from David Gilhooly, 1998.455.20.
Andy Warhol, Liz, 1964. Offset lithograph. Lent by The Marmor Foundation. © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
René Boyvin, Enlightenment of François I, 1550-55. Engraving. Cantor Arts Center, Lent by Kirk Edward Long.
Artist unknown (China, Qing Dynasty 1644-1912), Ten Beauties (detail), late 18th century. Ink and color on silk. Stanford Museum Collections, 2012.581.
Carl Andre, Copper-Zinc Plain, 1969. Copper and zinc. Loan courtesy the Fisher Family.
Richard Serra, Sequence, 2006. Photo: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News.
Family at a reception.
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