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ArtsWest

ArtsWest is an innovative program that aims to place a spotlight on Western arts through speakers, symposiums, film screenings, and exhibitions. The West boasts a rich tradition of distinctive and celebrated works of literature, photography, and visual and cinematic art. The West is a place of globally influential creativity and artistic vision as the epicenter for America’s motion picture industry, a mecca for seekers of the counterculture, and a home for daring artists and trends. ArtsWest aims to explore the contribution of the arts and humanities in the American West through programs for public and scholarly audiences and to extend the reach of the University into continuing education for adults in the arts and humanities.

Although many associate Stanford University with the science and technology of Silicon Valley, the strong influence of the arts and humanities on campus dates back to the university's founding. More recently, the opening of the Anderson Collection, McMurtry Building, and designation of the new Arts District surrounding the world class Cantor Center for Visual Arts have combined to place Stanford in the top tier of American universities emphasizing the visual arts.

ArtsWest seeks to leverage the excellence found on campus with a special emphasis on the contributions of Western-based artists, writers, and cultural leaders who are inspired by the lifestyle and landscape found in the West. Through a series of lectures, seminars, symposia and teaching, ArtsWest highlights historical contributions and forward-looking trends in the arts benefitting the campus and public at large.

Past Events

February
21
Date
Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location:
Cantor Arts Center Auditorium
328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way
Stanford CA 94305
Speaker
Jaye Rhee, Miranda Lash, Nora Burnett Abrams

Join us for an insightful conversation as MCA Denver's Nora Burnett Abrams and Miranda Lash discuss the development of "Cowboy," an ambitious traveling exhibition that unpacks the…

January
6
Date
Saturday, January 6, 2024, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location:
ICA SF
901 Minnesota St
San Francisco, CA 94107
Speaker
Patrick Martinez, Tony Bravo

Join Patrick Martinez and Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle Arts and Culture Reporter, for a conversation about Martinez's solo exhibition "Ghost Land" at ICA SF closing Sunday, January 7th.

October
13
Date
Friday, October 13, 2023, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location:
Virtual - Zoom Webinar
Speaker
Linda Connor, Lukas Felzmann

This is the second installment in our new Studio Visit series, a set of ArtsWest talks…

April
28
Date
Friday, April 28, 2023, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location:
Virtual - Zoom Webinar
Speaker
Arthur Tress, Lukas Felzmann
The Studio Visit Series presents Arthur Tress, American Photographer known for his staged surrealism and exposition of the human body.
November
18
Date
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:
Zoom
Speaker
Professor Gavin Jones (Stanford University), Professor Daniel Lanza Rivers (San Jose State University)

 

May
5
Date
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Lukas Felzmann, an artist and Affiliate Scholar at the Bill Lane Center, has been working on a new photographic archive of California.

November
5
Date
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6:00pm

Join us for a conversation between Jason De León, anthropologist, curator and faculty at UCLA; Angela Garcia, Associate Professor in Anthropology at Stanford; Jon Ayon Alonso, MFA candidate in…

October
6
Date
Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Stanford historian Richard White partners with his son, photographer Jesse Amble White. 

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September
24
Date
Thursday, September 24, 2020, 2:00pm

The artist Lukas Felzmann will talk about…

May
21
Date
Thursday, May 21, 2020, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location:
Koret-Taube Conference Room
Gunn-SIEPR Building
366 Galvez Street
Stanford University

The influences of Adams, Weston and Curtis on contemporary photography will be examined as later generations of artists continue to reinterpret these early works for audiences today and into…