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Cantor Arts Center offers many opportunities for Stanford faculty and students and the public to engage with our exhibitions and collections through public programs. All programs are free and open to all. See the calendar for a full list, explore the links at left for information, or sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter. The museum is accessible to people with disabilities.

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PROGRAMS: Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

This exhibition explores several major bodies of work by celebrated Stanford-born artist Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968), including video, photography, sculpture, and sound art. Katchadourian’s work reveals the creative potential, to use the artist’s words, that “lurks within the mundane”. Using ingenuity and humor, her practice encourages us to reinvigorate our own sense of curiosity and creativity, and to see our everyday surroundings as a site of discovery and possibility.


Conversation: Nina Katchadourian with Veronica Roberts

Saturday, September 16, 2 pm, Cantor Auditorium

Hear the artist in conversation with Roberts, the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, where Katchadourian's exhibition originated. SOLD OUT


Gallery Talk: Jennifer Carty on Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

Join Jennifer Carty, Assistant Curator at the Cantor Arts Center, for a lively and informative talk in the gallery.

Thursday, September 28, 6 pm, Pigott Family Gallery

Saturday, December 2, 2 pm, Pigott Family Gallery

Talk: Nina Katchadourian
Thursday, October 19, 6:30–8 pm, CEMEX Auditorium

Nina Katchadourian discusses her artistic practice and the exhibition Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser. This program is free and open to the public. No tickets or registration required. First come, first seated. Doors open at 6 pm. CEMEX Auditorium is located at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Knight Management Center, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305.


Event: “The On Hold Music Dance Party"
Thursday, October 19, 9–10 pm, Cantor Auditorium

"The On Hold Music Dance Party," a concept invented by Katchadourian, is a dance party consisting of music and other sounds recorded entirely from phone calls where she was placed on hold. Collaborating with DJ Shakey (Julie Covello) and DJ Stylus (Gabriel Willow), Katchadourian (DJ Dusty) and her collaborators spin this raw material into a surprisingly dynamic and extremely danceable set.


This exhibition is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art. Generous support for the exhibition is provided by Suzanne Deal Booth; Eric Herschmann, Orly Genger, and family; and Jeanne and Michael Klein, with additional gifts from George and Nicole Jeffords, the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Jenny and Trey Laird, Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Christopher Loughlin, and Chris Mattsson and John McHale. Support also is provided by Lawrence Banka and Judith Gordon, Nick Debs, Deborah Green, Pamela and David Hornik, Martin Z. Margulies, Karen and Chip Oswalt, and the West Collection, Philadelphia. The accompanying catalogue is made possible by Nion McEvoy, with additional gifts from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, the Leanne Raesener Charitable Fund, and Judith Willcott and Laurence Miller and their families.

Gallery Talk: The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford
Saturday, October 21, 12 pm, Madeleine H. Russell Gallery

Please join Ellen Huang, Curatorial Fellow, Asian Art at Cantor Arts Center, Paul Harrison, George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University, and Michaela Mross, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University for a gallery talk in The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford.


Gallery Talk: Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformations
Saturday, October 21, 2 pm, Madeleine H. Russell Gallery
Please join Ellen Huang, Curatorial Fellow, Asian Art at the Cantor Arts Center for a gallery talk about Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformations.This exhibition presents a focused look at caves and kilns, aka “earthly hollows,” as symbolic and physical passages of transformation. This program is free and open to the public. No tickets or registration required.

Lecture: The Russian Revolution Comes to Stanford—Alexander Kerensky on Campus
Thursday, October 26, 5–6:30 pm, Cantor Auditorium

Don't miss Bertrand M. Patenaude, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, speaking about Kerensky, the charismatic Russian leader who left a lasting impression on Stanford students and faculty. Dr. Patenaude is a co-curator of the exhibition The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution, which is co-sponsored by the Cantor Arts Center and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration is required. Visit Eventbrite to register.

In Conversation: Jed Perl with Alexander S. C. Rower on Alexander Calder
Thursday, November 2, 6 pm, Cantor Auditorium
Jed Perl, art critic and writer, discusses his new book Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898–1940 with Alexander S. C. Rower, President of the Calder Foundation. Perl's book is the first ever biography of Alexander Calder, the acclaimed 20th-century sculptor. Presented in collaboration with PACE Palo Alto. This program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. (Registration information to come). Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the program.