The first 100 days of guest artists

Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Photo by Brigitte Sire)

We’re just 100 days into 2017, but it has already been a great year for guest artists on campus.

Two visiting artists are kicking off spring quarter this week.

The groundbreaking polymath Paul D. Miller, aka DJ SPOOKY, presents his “Pioneers of African American Cinema” film series and his ideas about music, media, technology and race this month. Miller is the Brown Institute for Media and Innovation’s Innovator-in-Residence and is co-teaching “Rock That Code,” a one-credit seminar with computer scientist MANEESH AGRAWALA, director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and GREG NIEMEYER, assistant professor of new media at UC Berkeley. He will give a performative lecture on Tuesday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Oshman Hall.

Thursday night, April 13, Los Angeles-based NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY, whose stunning works have earned her the accolade of being one of the most significant painters of her generation, will be in conversation with Cantor curator JODI ROBERTS and former Cantor curator CATHERINE HALE at CEMEX Auditorium. Her lecture is at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

MATTHEW TIEWS, associate vice president for the arts, said Stanford often hosts guest artists whose work crosses disciplines. Some come for several months and some for just a single performance.

“Artists want to visit the Stanford campus because of the engaged students and community, because of the intellectual resources of the faculty and because the university is at the center of the creative and forward-looking ecosystem of Silicon Valley,” he said.

Other visiting artists include TREVOR PAGLEN, who holds Cantor’s first recent artist residency. He has been in residency since January and will continue through May, engaging with faculty to deepen his ongoing research into artificial intelligence, machine vision technology and the ethical considerations of such potential new ways of seeing. His residency projects include Sight Machine, a multimedia performance in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet and Obscura Digital at San Francisco Pier 70, and an exhibition of his photographs at the Cantor.

Also in January, the painters STANLEY WHITNEY and JULIE MEHRETU were on campus. In February, Israel-based media artist and virtual reality researcher DANIEL LANDAU explored the boundaries of body, identity and self using VR technology. NICK CAVE, of Soundsuits fame, was at Bing Concert Hall in March for the third annual Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture.

Keep an eye on the Stanford events calendar for more guest artists throughout the year.