All lectures and symposia are held in the Cantor Arts Center auditorium and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Also see the Art Focus Lecture Series, which offers visitors an opportunity to expand their knowledge of art through lectures, seminars, and workshops with faculty, curators, art experts, and artists.

Jacob Lawrence's Colorized America: Race, Visual Culture, and the Politics of Art

Monday, June 1, 5:30 pm

Cantor auditorium

How have the arts, visual culture, and social media re-imagined black humanity? How does the work of Harlem Renaissance artist Jacob Lawrence inform our understanding of the legacy of Jim Crow and the Black Lives Matter movement? This panel discussion will explore the role of images in shaping America's public consciousness and politics of race, bringing the Cantor's special exhibition Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor into conversation with events today. The panelists are:

  • Harry J. Elam, Jr., Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University
  • Jeff Chang, Executive Director for the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation and Who We Be: The Colorization of America, co-founder of Culturestr/ke and Colorlines
  • Mysia Anderson, Stanford University '17 (African & African American Studies), Stanford Daily opinion columnist, student activist
  • Moderated by Jan Marie Barker-Alexander, Director of the Black Community Services Center


Co-sponsored by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and the Black Community Services Center.


Figure Drawing Workshop - FULL

Saturday, June 20, 1:30 pm - 4 pm

Cantor auditorium

Ages 15 and up

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Larry Lippold, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and former Cantor preparator, teaches techniques employed in works from 500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum. Participants work from a live model and use materials provided by the Cantor.

Learn more about the rich history of art.

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