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.


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, shares insights and thoughts on her father's life and art.


Angles on Art Gallery Talk: Hope Gangloff’s “Queen Jane Approximately”
Wednesday, November 11, 5:30 pm, meet in Pigott Family Gallery at the Cantor
Three Stanford graduate students in the Department of Art and Art HistorySean O'Hanlan, Lexi Johnson, and Lora Webbwill 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


Faculty Talk: Enrique Chagoya, “The Unpredictable Road to Creation”
Wednesday, 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.

Faculty Talk: Jane Shaw, "Empathy and the Arts"

Wednesday, January 13, 5:30 pm, auditorium

Jane Shaw, Dean for Religious Life and Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University, discusses Empathy, an exhibition she co-curated at the Cantor. “Empathy” entered the English language via aesthetics and psychology in the late 19th century. Today, empathy is discussed not only in the arts and humanities, but also in Silicon Valley, Stanford’s d.school, and the latest neuroscience. We share a deep need to walk in the shoes of another. Empathy traces the meaning and practice of empathythrough artistic representations of Buddhist compassion; Christianity’s commandment to love our neighbor; Enlightenment moral philosophy; and Civil Rights-era photography. The exhibition accompanies the “Thinking Matters” undergraduate Stanford course taught by Dean Shaw.


Pegasus Physicians Reading

Thursday, January 14, 5:30 pm, auditorium

Pegasus Physician Writers, along with the Stanford Medicine and the Muse Program, hold readings and other events to promote creativity, reflection and discussion on areas such as the context of medicine, the meaning of doctoring, health care, health and illness. Pegasus Physician Writers, founded in 2008, is comprised of physicians and physicians-in-training who meet regularly in the Stanford area to workshop their creative writing.


Angles on Art Gallery Talk: Edward Hopper's "New York Corner"

Thursday, January 28, 5:30 pm, meet in Sigall Gallery (2nd floor) at the Cantor

Three Stanford graduate studentsRachel Bolten (English), Maria Cichosz (Modern Thought and Literature), and Natalie Pellolio (Art History)will discuss Edward Hopper's "New York Corner" from their unique disciplinary perspectives.


Faculty Talk: Mark Braude on Speed and Power

Wednesday, February 3, 5:30 pm, auditorium

Mark Braude, lecturer in Stanford's departments of history, French, Italian, urban studies, and art history, discusses his curricular exhibition, Speed and Power.


Joint Faculty Talk: Alex Nemerov & Scott Sagan on Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 pm, auditorium


Faculty Panel: Richard Meyer, Ivan Lupic, and Terry Castle, "Queer Mannerism"

Wednesday, February 24, 5:30 pm, auditorium


Democracy and the Arts Lecture: Greg Edwards

Thursday, March 10, 5:30 pm, auditorium

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History


Faculty Talk: Alex Nemerov on Grandma Moses & Shirley Jackson

Thursday, April 21, 5:30 pm, auditorium


Faculty Talk: Alex Nemerov on Lewis Hine

Thursday, June 2, 5:30 pm, auditorium



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