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.

Spotlight on Art
First Wednesday of the month, October to May, starting at noon.
Graduate students in the Department of Art & Art History give free gallery talks on objects in our collection. For the 2014-2015 academic year, talks will occur on the dates listed below. Check back soon for speakers and topics!

January 7, 2015: Sean O'Hanlan

February 4, 2015: Lora Webb

March 4, 2014: Helen Kreuger

April 1, 2015: Grant Hamming

May 6, 2015: Caroline Culp


Pegasus Physicians Reading

"Tincture of Humor: The Lighter Side of Medicine"

Thursday, January 15, 5:30 pm

Cantor auditorium

Stanford physicians, residents, and medical students read original essays and poems that reveal the humorous side of medicine. RSVP to jmgeno@stanford.edu.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Biomedical Ethics, Arts, Humanities and Medicine Program


Imagining the Universe Lecture Series

The cosmos has long inspired our imaginationsfueling research, reflection, and creative response. Through exhibitions, performances, public conversations, and courses, this year-long collaborative project will bring together scientists, artists, and humanists to explore the nature of the universe.

For more information about the series, please visit artsinstitute.stanford.edu.


Artist Lecture: Alyson Shotz

Thursday, January 22, 6 pm

Cantor auditorium

Alyson Shotz explores the nature of perception and space through sculptures that utilize synthetic materials, such as mirror, glass beads, plastic lenses, thread, and steel wire. AsThe New York Times writer Karen Rosenberg puts it, Shotz's work responds to "the challenge of visualizing concepts from theoretical physics (string theory, dark matter)." Her work has been exhibited and collected in institutions worldwide, including SFMOMA, the Guggenheim in New York, Storm King Art Center, the Whitney Museum, and MOMA.

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Arts Institute


Artist Lecture: Matthew Richie

Thursday, February 26, 7 pm

Cantor auditorium

Matthew Ritchie is the artist-in-residence at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, where he has developed several major works that will activate the museum through installation, sound performance, and video. His large-scale, multimedia work has been shown in exhibitions worldwide, including the Whitney Bienniel, the Sydney Bienniel, and the Sao Paulo Bienniel and is included in the permanent collections of MOMA, the Guggenheim, ICA, SFMOMA, and the Whitney Museum.

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Arts Institute


Jazz Talk: Loren Schoenberg

Thursday, February 5, noon

Cantor auditorium

Loren Schoenberg, Executive Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, hosts a close-listening and participatory session on jazz.

Co-sponsored by Stanford Live


Gallery Talk: Dr. Attiya Ahmad on She Who Tells a Story

Thursday, March 5, 12:15 pm

Pigott Family Gallery

Attiya Ahmad, Stanford Humanities Center Fellow and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the George Washington University, provides a unique perspective on the exhibition's photographs through the lenses of gender, feminist studies, and her scholarship on the Middle East.


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