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.

Wilsey Distinguished Lecture: Charles Renfro

Tuesday, October 6, 2 pm, Bing Concert Hall

Limited capacity. Click here to reserve your free tickets.

Charles Renfro, renowned architect and partner-in-charge of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), will speak about the design philosophy behind his body of work. Renfro designed the McMurtry Building that will be dedicated on October 6th, the day of this lecture. The new building will not only house the Department of Art & Art History and the Art Library, but will also serve as an interdisciplinary hub for the arts at Stanford.


Artist Lecture: Anthony McCall

Wednesday, October 7, 5:30 pm, Cantor auditorium.

Enter through Diekman Rotunda, adjacent to the Rodin Sculpture Garden.

Anthony McCall is known for his "solid-light" installations, which he began to create in the early 1970s. Occupying a space between sculpture, cinema and drawing, these works use digital technology to produce meticulously choreographed intersecting lines and curves projected in darkened haze-filled rooms, creating three-dimensional sculptural forms constructed from light. Leaving (With Two-Minute Silence) will be installed in the Barbara and M. Kenneth Oshman Lecture Hall and Presentation Space in the McMurtry Building. The installation and lecture are the first major events of the Department of Art and Art History's inaugural year in the new McMurtry Building.


Sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History


Jazz Talk: "New World A-Coming: Jazz and Civil Rights"

Monday, October 19, 5:30 pm, auditorium

Jazz musician and scholar Loren Schoenberg returns for a new season of Stanford Live's popular Jazz Talks series. Jazz has a long and intertwined history with America's civil rights movement, involving major artists such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. In conversation with special guest, Bay Area bassist, composer, and bandleader Marcus Shelby, Schoenberg will explore this rich history with a historical discussion, visual documents, and music. This talk is part of Stanford Live's 2015-16 Live Context programs on the theme of "Arts and Social Change."


Co-sponsored by Stanford Live


Piranesi Panel Discussion: "Drawn to Build: Architectural Representation in the Digital Age"

Wednesday, October 28, 5:30 pm, auditorium

Two prominent architects from Europe and the United States will discuss the role of the architectural drawing—both analog and digital—as a tool in the design process and as an object worth collecting and putting on display. This panel is part of programming for the Cantor's special exhibition, Piranesi's Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered. The speakers are:

  • Sergei Tchoban, managing partner of the architectural firm nps tchoban voss with offices in Berlin, Dresden, and Hamburg, and founder of the Tchoban Foundation - Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin
  • Andrew Zago, partner and founder of the firm Zago Architecture in Los Angeles


The panel will be moderated by Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator of Architecture and Design at the Cantor.


Lecture: Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant
Wednesday, November 4 @ 5:30 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, off the Main Quad in the School of Education and next to the clock tower
Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, daughter of Richard Diebenkorn, will share her insights and thoughts on the life and art of her father.


Angles on Art Gallery Talk: Hope Gangloff’s “Queen Jane Approximately”
Wed, November 11 @ 5:30 pm, meet in main lobby
Stanford graduate students will discuss Hope Gangloff’s “Queen Jane Approximately,” featured in the Cantor's special exhibition, Artists at Work.


Symposium: "Piranesi, Paestum, and Soane"

Friday, November 13, 9:30 am to 4 pm, Cantor auditorium and McMurtry Building

This symposium is part of programming for the Cantor's special exhibition, Piranesi's Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered. For the latest information on speakers and registration, visit the Department of Art and Art History website. The presenters are:

  • Heather Hyde Minor (University of Notre Dame), "Piranesi and the Art of History"
  • Maarten Delbeke (University of Ghent), "Ornament and Crime, Piranesi on the Primitive"
  • Mark Rakatansky (Columbia University), "'His conduct is Mischievous:' Piranesi and Soane"
  • Mario Bevilacqua (University of Florence), "Piranesi in Eighteenth-Century America: Ancient Models for the New Nation"


Sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History


Studio Art Faculty Talk: Enrique Chagoya, “The Unpredictable Road to Creation”
Wed, November 18 @ 5:30 pm, auditorium
Enrique Chagoya, Professor in Stanford’s Department of Art & Art History, discusses his own artistic process as it relates to themes in the exhibition. Drawing from experiences living on both sides of the US-Mexico border in the 70s and in France in the 90s, Chagoya's work juxtaposes secular, popular, and religious symbols in order to highlight ongoing cultural clashes in global society. Chagoya's work is collected by the Cantor, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many other major museums. This lecture is part of programming for the Cantor's special exhibition, Artists at Work.


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