2020–21 Season Curatorial Statement
We take a moment to recognize that Stanford sits on the territory of Huichin, the ancestral and unceded land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, who are the successors of the historic and sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. We recognize that every member of the community has benefited—and continues to benefit—from the use and occupation of this land. Consistent with our values of community and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the University’s relationship to Native people.
In our season brochure, one of the ﬁrst things you will encounter is a statement of land recognition above. This brief but powerful text is an acknowledgement of the ancestors who have historically been and will continue to be custodians of the land.
It also lays bare the complexities of colonization and the role it has played in defining modern societies. For those of marginalized and vulnerable identities, reconciliation is necessary as a movement toward healing. Coupled with the willingness to practice forgiveness, public memory must be willing to alter its occidental mindset and focus on building strong, inclusive communities.
Empowering artists who uphold and center these values is imperative to creating a more inclusive world, one that is respectful of both past and present. The work they create provides a window into rich cultural histories, many of which have faded due to globalization and the proliferation of mainstream culture. A new generation of artists is returning to these stories and practices, albeit through a modern lens that channels those voices that have been lost over centuries.
This season, Stanford Live has worked in partnership with knowledge experts across the Stanford community to curate a program that brings these contemporary and historical themes to the forefront. An unprecedented year of upheaval and disruption offers us a distinct opportunity for reflection and change. The sharing of stories, experiences, and rituals provides us with a platform for meaningful discussions around a way forward. We invite you to join us on this journey filled with joy, challenge, inspiration, and, most importantly—hope.
Director of Music Programs, Engagement, and Education
Associate Director of Campus Engagement and Public Programs
Will Paisley '20
Press release here
2020–21 Season Brochure