Museum open November 23–25
New on View
NEW ON VIEW
Christian Marclay's Video Quartet
Through February 10
In this four-channel video projection, 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.
The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition
Opens December 12
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.
Adventures in the Human Virosphere: The Use of Three-Dimensional Models to Understand Human Viral Infections
Through January 6
For decades, Stanford Associate Professor Robert Siegel has taught the course Humans and Viruses, requiring students to research and build three-dimensional models of specific viruses. The models have explanatory power, providing insight into viral structure and function. Because viruses are genetically simple, they often display surprisingly beautiful symmetries. This display presents 13 models.
Guardians: 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 from 2008.
Divided 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.
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.
Drawings 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.
A 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.
Wood, Metal, Paint: Sculpture from the Fisher Collection
Through October 13
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.
Sequence at Stanford
Richard Serra's Sequence is on loan from the Doris and Don Fisher Collection for five years. Its siting 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.
Holiday Sale for Cantor Members
November 16–18 and November 29–December 2
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Images, top to bottom:
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.
Rachid Koraichi, The Invisible Masters, 2008. Cotton Applique. Photo by Jonathan Greet. Courtesy of October Gallery.
Angela Cesena, Model of Papillomavirus, 2011. Cardboard, yellow and green crepe paper, plastic syringes, Q-Tips, and Band-Aids.
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.
Vija Celmin, Zeppelin (detail), 1968. Graphic on acrylic ground on paper. Private collection.
Christian Rohlfs, Young Woman (Junge frau), c. 1913. Linoleum cut in violet-black ink. Palmer Gross Ducommun Fund, 2002.19.
Carl Andre, Copper-Zinc Plain, 1969. Copper and zinc. Loan courtesy the Fisher Family.
Richard Serra, Sequence, 2006. Photo: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News.
Members at a reception.
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