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September 2012
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Mannequins2Streets, Shops, Signs, and Surrealism
Through September 23
This selection of works by artists active in Europe and the Americas in the mid-20th century features uncanny, unexpected photographs of urban streets, shops, and advertisements. Included in the rotation are works by Eugène Atget, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Robert Doisneau, Robert Frank, John Gutmann, Lotte Jacobi, André Kertész, Lisette Model, and Edward Weston.

maskCentral Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
Through October 14
The Benue River Valley is the source of some of the most abstract, dramatic, and inventive art works in sub-Saharan Africa. This exhibition, organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA in association with the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, is the first major view of spectacular sculpture, ceramic objects, and video material representing the three sub-regions of the Benue River Valley. More than 150 objects drawn from international collections are organized in sections that unfold as a journey up the 650-mile-long Benue River. Learn more: tours, and catalogue.


Alaya2Adventures 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.

BastardWhen Artists Attack the King: Honoré Daumier and La Caricature, 1830–1835
Through November 11
As press coverage of the 2012 American presidential election heats up, this exhibition explores the art that ignited a 19th-century battle over politics and freedom of the press. The weekly Paris journal La Caricature published hundreds of lithographs by Honoré Daumier (1808–1879) and other artists that thoroughly ridiculed Louis-Philippe's reign. See how, in the approximately 50 prints on view, La Caricature used social satire, visual puns, and physical caricature to mock the king's ministers, their censorship of the press, and his physical appearance.


CAGE 3Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel: John Cage Plexigrams
Through November 11
John Cage (1912–1992), the prominent American experimental music composer, also exercised his creativity by making prints and assembling words into serious graphic and conceptual puzzles. In 1969 Cage produced a series of eight constructions, each with eight Plexiglas panels silkscreened with images and text, to honor his good friend and fellow artist Marcel Duchamp, who died in 1968. Stanford acquired four of these plexigrams in 1973. Their display at the museum corresponds to centennial celebrations of Cage’s birth, which is to be observed by Stanford’s Department of Music in mid-October.

Matisse_freebergGuardians: 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.


ScoutDivided 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. Twelve 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. Seven works on display.

ZepplinDrawings 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.
Twelve works on display.

Alvin2Wood, Metal, Paint: Sculpture from the Fisher Collection
Through October 13, 2013
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 siting at the Center finally gives viewers the chance to encounter Sequence in the open air, as Serra intended. Entrance to Sequence is via the Center building; it is accessible during museum hours.

All tours meet in the Main Lobby unless otherwise noted.

Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm
Introduction to the Cantor Arts Center
This introductory tour features objects from a variety of cultures and historic periods.

Sunday, September 2 at 2 pm
Outdoor Sculpture Walk
This tour explores the Stanford campus and its extensive outdoor collection of 20th-century sculpture in the quad and south campus area. First Sunday of each month at 2 pm, rain or shine. Meet at the Main Quad entrance where The Oval meets Serra Street.

Saturday, September 8 at 3 pm
Contemporary Art
This tour focuses on the contemporary art collection in the Friedenrich Family Gallery, which features works from the 1950s to the present and reflects the innovations that make this art so dynamic and exciting.

Sunday, September 16 at 11:30 am
Outdoor Sculpture Around the Museum
This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, dating from 1891, that flank the main entrance. The tour continues with the work of Auguste Rodin, Beverly Pepper, Mark di Suvero, and Andy Goldsworthy.

Sunday, September 16 at 2 pm
Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden
Created on-site at Stanford by artists from Papua New Guinea, the garden contains wood and stone carvings of people, animals, and magical beings that illustrate clan stories and creation myths. It is located at Santa Teresa Street (off Campus Drive West) and Lomita Drive, near Roble Hall, rain or shine. Meet on the corner of Santa Teresa and Lomita Drive.

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Images, top to bottom:
Eugène Atget, Untitled (Mannekins) detail, 1920–25. Gold-toned printing-out paper print. Anonymous gift, 1985.241.2.
Crest mask (detail). Oglinye, Idoma peoples. Early to mid-20th century. Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, bead. Private Collection, Paris. Photograph © Hughes Dubois, 2010.
Laura S. Huamán Ayala,
HIV-1 (retrovirus family), 2011, Plastic bowl, plastic beads, Playdough, paper cup, glitter, glass stones, and pipe cleaners.
Eugène-Hippolyte Forest,
Bastard Fetus Heredity, Still-Born Count D’Averton (Bâstard Foetus Hérédité, Comte D’Averton Mort-Né). La Caricature, Plate 102 (Volume 4, Issue 89, October 20, 1831). Lithograph with hand coloring. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Lewis, 1973.2.
John Cage, Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel, 1969. Portfolio of eight screenprints printed on Plexiglas panels (“plexigrams”). Gift of John and Nancy Merryman, 1973.25.
Andy Freeberg, Henri Matisse’s
“Still Life with Blue Tablecloth" State Hermitage Museum (detail), 2008. Archival pigment ink print. Lent by the artist. © Andy Freeberg.
Kiyochika Kobayashi,
Our Scout Reconnoiters the Enemy Encampment near the Yalu River (detail), 1894. Woodblock print (triptych). Committee for Art Acquisitions Fund, 1992.194.1-3.
Vija Celmins,
Zeppelin (detail), 1968. Graphic on acrylic ground on paper. Private collection.

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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