Through July 20, a special exhibit, Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees graces the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. The exhibit is one of the student-curated exhibitions funded with a grant from the Mellon Foundation. The curator for this exhibit is George Philip LeBourdais, a PhD candidate in the Stanford Department of Art & Art History. The show focuses on the ways trees have been depicted in artwork over time, and how that depiction reveals cultural differences. Some of the works included in the exhibition include 20th century photos by Ansel Adams and 17th century drawings by Jan Georg van Vliet of the Netherlands.
Another Mellon-funded exhibit, Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels, will run from August 5 through November 16. It is curated by Department of Art & Art History PhD candidate Annie Ronan. Cooper was a painter known for his wild parties in San Jose at the turn of the 20th century. He often paid his debts with his paintings and was known for his finesse with the trompe l'oeil technique.
The Cantor Arts Center is always free and open to the public. Its hours are Wednesday through Monday from 11 am to 5 pm, and Thursday from 11 am to 8 pm. It is closed on Tuesdays. Parking is free on weekday afternoons after 4 pm, and all day on the weekends. Docent tours meet in the lobby. You can request a private tour at least 6 weeks in advance. A minimum of 10 are needed in your group. Get a bite to eat at the Cool Café, overlooking the Center's Rodin Sculpture Garden.
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