Exhibition Schedule

February 29, 2012 – October 13, 2013
Wood, Metal, Paint: Sculpture from the Fisher Collection
Over the past decade, the Fisher family has been exceedingly generous in lending works of art from their unrivaled collection. This new long-term installation, selected in consultation with contemporary art professor Pamela Lee, includes pieces by John Chamberlain, Jenny Holzer, Sol LeWitt, and Claes Oldenburg, together with Carl Andre’s Copper-Zinc Plain, a floor piece comprised of 36 tiles, and John Chamberlain’s Bijou, a large early work made of crushed automobiles and paint. The works on display are especially significant because they are examples of the innovations that established the reputations of these artists. Learn more

April 11 – October 28, 2012
Adventures in the Human Virosphere: The Use of Three-Dimensional Models to Understand Human Viral Infections
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. Learn more

May 16 – October 14, 2012
Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
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, is the first major view of the spectacular sculpture, ceramic objects, and video material representing the major artistic genres defining the Lower, Middle and Upper sub-regions of the Benue River Valley, starting at its confluence with the Niger River and following eastward to its upper reaches around the Gongola River, its major tributary. Learn more

June 13 – November 11, 2012
Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel: John Cage Plexigrams

John Cage (1912–1992), the foremost American experimental composer of the 20th century, also made prints and assembled words as graphic/conceptual puzzles. His first visual work, Eye Editions, Cincinnati (1969) is a series of eight “Plexigrams” collectively titled “Not Wanting to Say Anything about Marcel.” The title refers to a comment Jasper Johns made to Cage after Marcel Duchamp's death; artists were encouraged to respond in memoriam, and Johns said, in effect, I don't want to say anything. Each Plexigram is composed of eight printed Plexiglas sheets standing in parallel slots in a wooden base; the entirety is viewed through the spaced “sandwich.” Learn more

July 25–January 6, 2013
Guardians: Photographs by Andy Freeberg
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 seemed to resemble and relate to the objects they protected. Guardians presents 16 critically-acclaimed photographs of these guards. The nearly life-size works are installed in two galleries according to the style of the art in the photographs, so that they fit in seamlessly with the surrounding works from the Center's collection. Also on view, Guards on Film, a newly commisioned series of the Cantor's own security staff. Learn more

August 1 – November 11, 2012
When Artists Attack the King: Honoré Daumier and
La Caricature, 1830–1835

This special exhibition presents some of the most subversive and notorious French caricatures of the 19th century, drawn entirely from the Cantor's print collection. Caricaturist Honoré Daumier and his colleagues at the weekly Paris journal La Caricature risked prosecution and prison sentences for their lithographs depicting king Louis-Philippe as a clown, a greedy pig, a puppet master and, most provocatively, as a bulbous pear. This installation showcases their wit and draftsmanship, as well as their talent for using wicked humor to cut to the heart of controversial issues. Learn more

August 15 – January 13, 2013
Divided Visions: Reportage from the Sino-Japanese Wars
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.

August 15 – January 13, 2013
Ink Performances
Today's Chinese and Japanese artists are experimenting with ink to foil audience expectations, suggest randomness, and reinforce cultural heritage. This exhibition features video and works by four such artists: Qiu Zhijie, Ushio Shinohara, Gu Wenda and Xu Bing.



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