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January 2013

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AttieDotty Attie: Sometimes a Traveler/There Lived in Egypt
Opens January 23
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.

BonfilsNorth Africa and the Holy Land in 19th-Century Photographs
Opens January 23
During the 19th century, photographs served as mementos of journeys or surrogate experiences for Americans and Europeans unable or too daunted to travel. Scholars also used them as official records of archaeological expeditions and by the devout to explore the places mentioned in the Bible. This installation presents 16 vintage photographs presenting a range of subjects including 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.


EcomomiesBuying and Selling: Early Modern Economies of Labor, Merchandise, Services, and Shopping
Opens January 23
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.


BorderBorder Crossings: From Imperial to Popular Life
Opens January 30
How are the boundaries between social classes and identities challenged and transcended? This exhibition explores that question. Eighteenth-century Chinese paintings demonstrate how artists outside palace walls reproduced the subject and styles of imperial court paintings in order to fulfill commissions by patrons of a rising social class. Japanese woodblock prints examine how cross-dressing actors in Kabuki theater became trendsetters for the world off-stage. And through his photographs, Chinese contemporary artist Cang Xin steps into different professions and identities. Forty-four works on display.


Zepplin2Drawings from Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s: The Marmor Collection
Through February 3
This installation includes a variety of approaches, from the illusionistic drawings of Ed Ruscha and Vija Celmins to the musings of John Altoon. Ten works on display.

MarclayChristian Marclay's Video Quartet
Through February 10
In this four-channel video collage, internationally acclaimed artist Christian Marclay presents montages gleaned from more than 700 Hollywood films. The common theme is music: all the actors sing, play instruments, or make some other kind of sound. The screens respond to each other, too, much like players in a musical quartet. Thirteen minutes long.

CornithA War on Modern Art: The 75th Anniversary of the Degenerate Art Exhibition
Through February 24
In 1937, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime viewed modernist artists as insane and threatening to Third Reich ideals and presented the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition in Munich, hoping to turn public opinion against all modern art. Explore works by several of these "degenerate" artists as we mark the 75th anniversary of the exhibition's opening. Eighteen works on display.

Fashion_weekThe Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition
Through March 10
On view for the first time in the United States, this exhibition presents the work of 10 culturally diverse artists selected as finalists for the prestigious Jameel Prize, an international award bestowed by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and sponsored by Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives. More than 20 pieces, including Rachid Koraïchi's winning entry, The Invisible Masters, draw on the artists' own local and regional traditions, celebrating particular materials and iconography with strong references to traditional Islamic art. Learn more about programs.

Alvin2Wood, Metal, Paint: Sculpture from the Fisher Collection
Through August
This new, long-term 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.

SequenceSequence 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.


statueGuardians: Photographs by Andy Freeberg, an Exhibition in Three Parts
Through January 6
San Francisco-based photographer Andy Freeberg traveled to St. Petersburg in 2008 intending to document how Russia had changed since he photographed it three decades earlier. While there, something completely different caught his eye—the women who watched over the paintings and sculptures in the museums were as intriguing to observe as the artwork. Freeberg noticed that the guards, who were stationed in the same place every day, seemed to unconsciously resemble and relate to the objects they protected. New photographs by Freeberg, of the Cantor Arts Center guards, as well as a student-produced documentary film about the Cantor guards, accompany the 16 works.

sinkingDivided Visions: Reportage from the Sino-Japanese Wars
Through January 13
This exhibition examines how the two Sino-Japanese Wars were represented through master sensationalist Kiyochika Kobayashi's battle prints, sketches by the cartoonist Zhang Wenyuan, and photojournalism by John Gutmann. The images demonstrate how the Sino-Japanese Wars were not only major conflicts between competing Asian nations, but also a critical breeding ground for new forms of public art and audiences. Fourteen works on display.

Ink_performancesInk Performances
Through January 13
Today's Chinese and Japanese artists are experimenting with ink to foil audience expectations, suggest randomness, and reinforce their cultural heritage. This exhibition includes video and works by Qiu Zhijie, Ushio Shinohara, Gu Wenda, and Xu Bing. Twenty works on display.

All events are free and are held in the Cantor Arts Center auditorium unless otherwise noted.

Spotlight on Art
Friday, January 11, 2 pm
Ahoo Najafian, graduate student in religious studies, discusses The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition in the Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery.

Health, Hope, and Healing
Thursday, January 17, 5:30 pm
The Stanford Med Writers Forum presents readings of original prose and poetry by the Pegasus Physicians at Stanford. Writers include Irvin D. Yalom, psychotherapist and professor emeritus of psychiatry, and psychiatrist Randall Weingarten.

Artist's Talk: Rachid Koraïchi, "Eternity Is the Absence of Time"
Thursday, January 24, 5:30 pm
Rachid Koraïchi, the latest winner of the prestigious, international Jameel Prize, discusses The Path of Roses, a series of installations that develop over time and in different locations.

Student-Guide Discussion
Saturday, January 26, 3:30 pm
Join a lively, informal discussion led by a Stanford student about a selected artwork. Meet in the main lobby.

Panel on Degenerate Art: "Controlling Culture"
Thursday, January 31, 6:30 pm
Panelists address issues explored in the Cantor exhibition A War on Modern Art: the 75th Anniversary of the Degenerate Art Exhibition. Check the Cantor's Web site for time and list of panelists.

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Images, top to bottom:
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.
Félix Bonfils,
Ascent of the Great Pyramid, 19th century, albumen print. Gift of Joseph Folberg, 1994.68.56.
Artist Unknown (Austria),
Coffee Vendor, 18th century, pen and ink with watercolor on paper. Museum Purchase Fund, 1969.200.
Toyokuni Utagawa,
Geisha with Maid in Garden by Lantern Light, 18th century. Color woodblock print. Gift of Jean Haber Green (A.B., 1940). 1987.84.
Vija Celmin,
Zeppelin (detail), 1968. Graphic on acrylic ground on paper. Private collection.
Christian Marclay,
installation view of Video Quartet, 2002. Four-channel video production with sound. Lent by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Gift of the artist and the Paula Cooper Gallery; commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg with the generous support of the James Family Foundation. © Christian Marclay. Photograph Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
Lovis Corinth,
Self-Portrait, 1924. Drypoint. Gift of John Flather and Jacqueline Roose, 1996.20.
Soody Sharifi, Fashion Week, 2010. Courtesy of the LTMH Gallery, New York.
Carl Andre,
Copper-Zinc Plain, 1969. Copper and zinc. Loan courtesy the Fisher Family.
Richard Serra,
Sequence, 2006. Photo: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News

Andy Freeberg,
Statue of Mausolos, the Ruler of Karia, 377-355 B.C., Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, 2008. Archival pigment ink print. Lent by the artist. © Andy Freeberg.
Kiyochika Kobayashi,
Sinking of a Chinese Ship in the Yellow Sea (detail), 1894. Woodblock print. Mortimer C. Leventritt Fund, 1972.127.
Qiu Zhijie,
Ten Tang Poems, 2006. Ink on paper, set of ten hanging scrolls. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. L. S. Kwee, in honor of Thomas K. Seligman, 2012.221.1-10.
Members at a reception.

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