Exhibitions and Programs Feature Stanford Faculty Artists, Past and Present

Art + Invention

Fall and Winter 2009-2010

Stanford, Cailfornia — The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University features the work of current and former faculty artists as part of Stanford University’s "Art + Invention" programming theme for academic year 2009–2010. This year of "Art + Invention" emphasizes imagination, innovation, and interdisciplinary thinking and includes public events and academic endeavors in departments across campus and in programs such as Stanford Lively Arts and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts. Cantor Arts Center presents the following exhibitions:

From Their Studios, September 16, 2009–January 3, 2010, showcases current faculty’s work in traditional and new media. Artists represented in this exhibition (and their teaching specialties) are: Kevin Bean (painting and drawing), Terry Berlier (kinetic/interactive sculpture, installation), Enrique Chagoya (painting, drawing, printmaking), Robert Dawson (photography), Paul DeMarinis (electronic media, sound), John Edmark (design, color, animation), Lukas Felzmann (photography), Matt Kahn (design), Joel Leivick (photography), Jan Krawitz (documentary film and video), Jamie Meltzer (documentary film), Kris Samuelson (documentary film and video production and history), and Gail Wight (experimental media, focusing on art and science). See list of lectures by the artists.

A 2008 painting by new art department faculty artist Xiaoze Xie, titled December 23, 2004. N.Y.T. (Casualties), is on view as an addendum to From Their Studios.

Frank Lobdell Figure Drawings, November 11, 2009–February 14, 2010, presents 60 figure drawings in ink, pencil, crayon, and wash from the 1960s and 1970s, including several works by Lobdell’s former sketching partners Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, and Nathan Oliveira. Lobdell served as an esteemed professor of art for 25 years at Stanford University. He joined the art faculty in 1966 as a tenured associate professor and in the same year was appointed chairman of the graduate program in painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Lobdell remained a key figure in the art department until retiring in 1991.

A Legacy in Teaching, on display through spring 2010, acknowledges predecessors to today's art faculty. Daniel Mendelowitz, a Stanford graduate and art department professor for 35 years, maintained a studio practice and had solo exhibitions. Works by Mendelowitz are on view through November 8, 2009. Henry Varnum Poor (class of 1910) taught art at Stanford for a few years and later continued his career as a painter, ceramist, architect, and sculptor. Two works by Poor, on view mid-November 2009 through April 2010 in A Legacy in Teaching, complement his 1911 Self-Portrait with Small Statue that hangs in the gallery of early 20th-century art.

Mark Applebaum, professor of composition and theory in Stanford’s Department of Music, created The Metaphysics of Notation specifically for installation at the Cantor Arts Center. Applebaum’s score is a work of visual art teeming with densely arranged pictographs. Every Friday at noon through February, various musicians — Stanford students, faculty, and visiting artists — perform their personal interpretations of the score. This unusual work is on display along the balcony overlooking the main lobby through February 2010, and visitors can hear recordings of past performances in the adjoining gallery.

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Daniel Mendelowitz
Sausalito Waterfront, 1947
Watercolor, Cantor Arts Center, Gift of Loralee Durkee

Henry Varnum Poor
Portrait of a Young Girl with Braids, c. 1930. Oil on Canvas
Cantor Arts Center, Gift of the Artist

Henry Varnum Poor
Landscape, 1914. Oil on Canvas
Cantor Arts Center