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…
Over the past two years, former Tree costumes have been moved from the Band Shack to the Stanford University Archives in Green Library.
Going forward, museums face a plethora of challenges relating to broad audience engagement. To avoid becoming obsolete, museums should highlight the aspects of their exhibits that visitors can’t get elsewhere, such as interaction with original artworks or specimens.
In the ‘60s, the question “what is art?” was answered by a chorus of “anything.” Since then, our culture has paid a high price. I gave up going to see anything made after 1917 when I saw a toilet bowl in the Whitney Museum. There was an American Standard toilet in one of America’s most renowned modern art museums. I was told it was a thought piece. Personally, I thought there was very little there. In September, I decided to go back. I saw vintage video games and machinery made to do odd things. I had an N64. I’ve already seen them in action.
The Cantor Arts Center announced the appointment of Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell as the new Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Drawings, Prints and Photographs. Mitchell will begin her duties, which include overseeing almost 7,000 artworks from the 15th to the 20th century, in November.