Lectures/Symposia

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
Graduate students in the Department of Art & Art History give free gallery talks on the second Friday of most months at 2 pm unless otherwise noted during the academic year, September to May.

Arbor Tour: Explore the Beloved Trees at Stanford

Saturday, July 26, 10 am and 11:30 am
NOTE: Registration is now closed.
Meet at Gates of Hell, Rodin Sculpture Garden
Join our campus arborist, Michael Burdzinksi, as he leads you on a tour of Stanford’s beloved trees in the arboretum and on campus. Stanford scholar Julie Cain will then lead a discussion of the relationship between the environment and art in the Cantor's special exhibition, Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums.

Panel: Reflections on Robert Frank in America
Thursday, November 13 at 5:30 pm
Cantor auditorium
Join distinguished Stanford scholars for an in-depth discussion of the Cantor's special exhibition, Robert Frank in America. Each panelist will engage audience members in observation and analysis of select photographs from the exhibition's treasure trove of images. The panelists are:

  • Elizabeth Mitchell, Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Cantor
  • Alexander Nemerov, Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford
  • Elizabeth Bennett, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford
  • Elizabeth Kessler, Lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford


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