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!

• March 4, 2014: Grant Hamming on William Keith's April Showers

• April 1, 2015: Lexi Johnson on George Segal's Gay Liberation (Meet in front of Memorial Church)

• May 6, 2015: Caroline Culp on Asher B. Durand's Summer Landscape


She Who Tells a Story Iranian Studies Lecture - FULL

"In the Eyes of Women: The Case for Iran"

Thursday, February 26, noon

Cantor auditorium

Faryar Javaherian, an Iranian architect and curator who has written extensively on women photographers in Iran, will discuss She Who Tells a Story. Born in Mahshad, Khorassan, raised in Paris, France and educated in the United States, Javaherian co-founded Gamma Consultants, the leading firm in museum and Persian garden design in Iran. Her buildings have earned widespread recognition as a premier example of Iranian-Modern style. She is currently completing the Greater Khorassan Museum in Mashahd. She is a visiting Scholar at MIT, where she is researching her next exhibition, The Art of the Iranian Picnic. Refreshments will be provided. NOTE: This event has filled up; please click here for more information on upcoming programs with the Stanford Iranian Studies Program.


Co-sponsored by the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and the Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters


Imagining the Universe Artist Lecture: Matthew Ritchie

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 Biennale, the Sydney Biennale, and the Sao Paulo Biennale and is included in the permanent collections of MOMA, the Guggenheim, ICA, SFMOMA, and the Whitney Museum. For more information about the Imagining the Universe lecture series, please visit artsinstitute.stanford.edu.


Co-sponsored by the Stanford Arts Institute


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. This gallery talk will occur in lieu of the regular She Who Tells a Story public tour.


Curator's Talk: Robert Rauschenberg's "Stoned Moon" Projects

Thursday, March 5, 5:30 pm

Cantor auditorium

Guest curator James Merle Thomas speaks about his research for the exhibition Loose in Some Real Tropics: Robert Rauschenberg's "Stoned Moon" Projects, 1969-70, about the artist and his work with the NASA Art Program.


She Who Tells a Story Artist Panel

Thursday, March 19, 5:30 pm

Cantor auditorium

This panel discussion, moderated by Iranian-Canadian artist Sanaz Mazinani (Stanford MFA '11), features two artists whose photographs are included in She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.

  • Tanya Habjouqa, born in 1975 in Jordan, now residing in East Jerusalem, has six photographs from the series Women of Gaza (2009) on view in the exhibition.
  • Rania Matar was born in 1964 and currently resides in the U.S. The exhibition features six of Matar's portraits of women photographed in Lebanon and the West Bank.


She Who Tells a Story Faculty Panel

Thursday, April 9, 5:30 pm

Cantor auditorium

Three leading scholars discuss the intersection of poetry and photography as they relate to the Cantor's special exhibition She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.

  • Attiya Ahmad, Stanford Humanities Center Fellow and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the George Washington University, "Refracted Images: The Ordinariness of Middle Eastern Gendered Photography in Socio-Historical Context"
  • Dominic Brookshaw, Senior Research Fellow in Persian and Associate Professor of Persian Literature at the University of Oxford, "Telling Stories: The Female Voice in 19th and 20th Century Persian Poetry"
  • Nasrin Rahimieh, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, "Women Writing Ordinary Lives"


Co-sponsored by the Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford Global Studies, Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and Stanford Humanities Center


Multimedia Presentation: Reframe Iran

Thursday, April 30, 5:30 pm

Cantor auditorium

Members of the Brown Institute, a team of journalists, film-makers, and engineers from Columbia University and Stanford University, present the stories and work of 40 Iranaian artists through high-res photographs and immersive, virtual-reality video.


Co-sponsored by the Brown Institute

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