Art Focus Lectures Begin in February at Cantor Arts Center

Now Open to the Public

Registration Starts January 2010

Stanford, California — Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces its new season of Art Focus Lectures (formerly known as Study Groups). Art Focus Lectures are open to the public—with priority registration and discounted prices for Center members—and include lectures and seminars offered by faculty, curators, art experts, and artists.

The series begins with four lectures on the emergence of modernism in France before World War I given by Brigid Barton, professor emerita at Santa Clara University and long-time lecturer in the Stanford Continuing Studies program. The First Modernists: Cezanne to Picasso begins February 3 and continues February 10, 17, and 24.

In March, curator Hilarie Faberman explores the role of the curator in the university art museum with a focus on acquisition, exhibition, and object care. Faberman is the Center’s Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Before coming to Stanford in 1993, Faberman was the curator of Western art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Her series, The Art of Curating is scheduled for March 4, 11, and 18.

Independent scholar and curator Britta Erickson also lectures in March, presenting Innovations In Ink Painting: Qing Dynasty to Modern China on March 24. Erickson, who is currently working on exhibitions of Asian and ink-related contemporary Chinese art, reveals how new ways of thinking influence the possibilities of ink painting.

Michael F. Crowe, architectural historian and founder of the Art Deco Society of California, presents Art Deco April 7 and 14. Crowe traces the history of this popular design movement—from its European sources to its pervasive spread throughout the world—and explores some of its most influential artists and designers.

Creative artist Lucy Arai shares images and hands-on objects that highlight her personal story, which began as a mother-daughter apprenticeship and evolved into new applications for traditional Japanese art techniques. Sashiko and Other Traditional Japanese Techniques in Modern Guise
takes place April 22.

Popular local lecturer Denise Erickson, professor of art history at Cañada College, presents the final series of lectures beginning in late April. Her course includes virtual visits to Sicily, home to some of the greatest art and architecture of the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine cultures. Mediterranean Mosaic: Ancient and Medieval Sicily takes place April 29, May 6 and 13.

Art Focus lectures are open to all with a discount for Cantor Arts Center members. For full descriptions, registration information, or to become a member please call the Membership Office at 650-723-3482 or visit

The First Modernists: Cezanne to Picasso-Bridget Barton
February 3, 10, 17, and 24

The Art of Curating-Hilarie Faberman
March 4, 11, 18

Innovations in Ink Painting: Late Qing Dynasty to Contemporary China-Britta Erickson, Ph.D.
March 24

Art Deco-Michael Crowe
April 7 and 14

Sashiko and Other Traditional Japanese Techniques in Modern Guise-Lucy Arai
April 22

Mediterranean Mosaic: Ancient and Medieval Sicily-Denise Erickson
April 29, May 6 and 13

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VISITOR INFORMATION: Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm. Admission is free. The Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free after 4 pm and all day on weekends. Information: 650-723-4177,

Art Focus registration.
For more information or to become a member please
call the Membership Office at 650-723-3482 or click here.