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Dax Duong
Dax Duong '22 is a desk editor for Culture, a beat of the Arts & Life Section of The Daily. His favorite stories to cover are new exhibitions at the Cantor Arts Center, since he loves any excuse to visit. He is currently undeclared, but plans on minoring in creative writing. Contact him at daxduong 'at' stanford.edu.

Taking a look at Jordan Casteel’s ‘Returning the Gaze’

On Sept. 29, Jordan Casteel’s 'Returning the Gaze,' an exhibition that portrayed “often overlooked members of society,” opened at the Cantor Arts Center. Casteel’s portraits featured people of color with the aim of increasing the visibility of these groups. I had the privilege of attending the press preview on the Friday before the exhibition opened.

Mesmerized by ‘The Melancholy Museum’

The midnight purple walls were a stark contrast to the white marble hall leading up to "The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford," creating an immediate and immersive change in mood. I was struck by the sheer scale of the black Victorian mourning cabinet before me, packed with hundreds of weathered artifacts from the Stanford Family Collections. This exhibition of over 700 objects was curated by Mark Dion to tell the story of the Stanford family and their museum.

Stanford students make Calico Cards, unique watercolor kits for fans of crafts

As someone who loves making and giving handmade gifts, I was incredibly excited to learn about Calico Cards, a product brought to life by seniors Vivian Xiao (‘19), Chloe Thai (‘19) and Nicolette Grabiec (‘19) for ME216C: Implementation, a two-quarter capstone class for product design majors. Xiao described Calico Cards as “a watercolor-stencil card-making kit…

SVSA Culture Night celebrates customs and creates community

On Saturday, April 6th in Dinkelspiel Auditorium, the Stanford Vietnamese Student Association (SVSA) put on Culture Night, an annual event that celebrates and showcases Vietnamese culture. When I arrived, I was greeted by enthusiastic SVSA members who handed me a program and invited me into the auditorium. The stage was cast in colorful mood lighting,…

New Cantor exhibitions inspire thought and awe in viewers

Recently, the Cantor Arts Center introduced a number of new exhibitions, including “STRAY,” “The Medium Is the Message” and “Island Universe.” Late last quarter, I had the privilege of touring these new exhibitions. I stepped into a nearly empty room with white walls and beige hardwood floors. The wall to my left housed a grand…
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