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May and June 2021 Arts Programming at Stanford

The Cantor Arts Center‘s latest exhibit, When Home Won‘t Let You Stay: Migration Through Contemporary Art, includes Korean sculptor Do Ho Suh‘s Hub 1 and Hub 2 (left) and offerings by many more artists whose work tells the story of migration. Photo by Andrew Brodhead

More Arts Programming at Stanford

Check out the upcoming programs from some of our arts partners within Stanford‘s Vice Presidency for the Arts.

Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University


Stanford Art Museums Begin to Reopen

Recent changes in state and county COVID-19 guidelines allowed Stanford to begin gradually reopening the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University in April.

After first reopening to the campus community, the museums reopened to the public at 25 percent capacity on April 21. Visitors can reserve their free timed tickets now.

“Our community has faced isolation and loss during the pandemic, and we know people are looking for opportunities for engagement,” says Matthew Tiews, interim senior associate vice president for the arts and associate vice president for campus engagement. “We hope that by reopening some of our wonderful community resources, we are providing a way for members of the Stanford community and visitors from our surrounding communities to reconnect and to experience joy.”

New museum days and hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are so excited that in April the Cantor welcomed students, faculty, and the community back into the museum to see the remarkable exhibition When Home Won’t Let You Stay, on view through May 30, 2021,” says Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, interim co-director, Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator, and curatorial fellowship program director for the Cantor Arts Center.

In April, visitors to the Anderson Collection viewed Formed and Fired: Contemporary American CeramicsPhoto by Andrew Brodhead

The first floor of the Anderson Collection was open through May 2 for viewing Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics and Hostile Terrain 94. The second floor remained closed during this first phase of reopening, and the entire museum is currently closed temporarily for the summer for building maintenance and artwork reinstallation.

“Because of the pandemic, we had to put off a maintenance project that requires the museum to be closed for several months,” said Jason Linetzky, executive director of the Anderson Collection. “But we so wanted to be a part of the first reopenings at Stanford to give the campus and community a chance to come back for a visit after being away for so long.”

The Anderson Collection will reopen in fall 2021 with new exhibitions, a newly installed permanent collection, and engaging in-person and digital programs.

Members of the community are asked to respect the rules for visiting campus, which include avoiding campus if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, maintaining six feet of distance from individuals not in their immediate household, wearing face coverings inside and outside when six feet of physical distancing is not possible, and not gathering in groups.

Parking enforcement hours for museum visitor and hourly parking spaces in the Arts Zone are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with no enforcement on the weekends. Payment for visitor parking has transitioned to a contactless process through the ParkMobile app. In the interest of safety, physical pay stations at visitor lots have been taken offline to avoid the touching of shared surfaces that cannot be adequately disinfected throughout the day.


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Institute for Diversity in the Arts

In Conversation: DJ Lynnée Denise with Poet Hanif Abdurraqib
Friday, May 14 at 5:00 PM

Join Stanford‘s Institute for Diversity in the Arts for an online conversation with DJ Lynnée Denise with poet Hanif Abdurraqib.

Lynnée Denise was shaped as a DJ by her parent’s record collection. She’s an artist, scholar, and writer whose work reflects on underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African diaspora. Lynnée Denise coined the phrase "DJ scholarship" to reposition the role of the DJ from a party purveyor to an archivist, cultural custodian, and information specialist of music with critical value. Through interactive workshops, lectures, and presentations at universities, conferences and performance venues, Lynnée Denise harnesses music as a medium for vital public dialogue on how to transform the way that music of the Black Atlantic is understood in its social context and beyond entertainment.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kills Us, was released in 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and was named a book of the year by O, the Oprah Magazine; the Los Angeles Review; Pitchfork; and the Chicago Tribune; and others. He released Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest with University of Texas press in February 2019. The book became a New York Times best seller, was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. His second collection of poems, A Fortune for Your Disaster, was released in 2019 by Tin House and won the 2020 Lenore Marshall Prize. In 2021, he will release the book A Little Devil in America with Random House.