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ARTH 10 — Discovering the Hidden Holdings of the Cantor Arts Center

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 7—May 5
Time: 1:00—3:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 20
Unit: 1
Tuition: $325
Instructor(s): Patience Young
Status: Open
1:00—3:00 pm
Apr 7—May 5
5 weeks
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Apr 20
1 Unit
Patience Young
Like most American art museums, the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford typically displays only about 8 percent of its collection at any given time. Many works in storage are light-sensitive and shown infrequently. And others are taken off view to travel, to be conserved, or to make gallery space for other works. Not least, curatorial preferences and voices change.

In this course, illustrated lectures will examine paintings, sculptures, and works of fragile media not currently on display at the Cantor (while also referencing works that are currently on view). The works will be grouped into five categories: old favorites, old masters; the era of the Stanfords; memorable new masters; fragile media and hidden bits; and the context of exhibitions. Examples include fine specimens of Salviati glass (seen in glorious photographs); works in storage by Richard Diebenkorn, Rex Slinkard, and Eadweard Muybridge; important graphic images seldom on view (e.g., by Albrecht Dürer); and rarely seen collection areas (e.g., Southwest Santos figures and panels).

We will discuss how and why these items are of interest intrinsically, aesthetically, and historically. The course will include tips on navigating the museum’s online database, which provides images and information for the thousands of items in the Cantor’s holdings.

This course does not include visits to the Cantor Arts Center. The hidden works will be examined through recently captured high-definition images in lecture hall projection. Students are encouraged to visit the Cantor independently, and the museum is open with free admission before and after class.

Patience Young, Director of Academic Engagement (Retired), Cantor Arts Center, Stanford

Patience Young joined the Cantor Arts Center’s staff in 1995 as its first curator for education. She was part of the team that revived the museum following the 1989 earthquake and established its new identity as the Cantor Arts Center, a learning resource for the greater Stanford community. She received an MA in art history and museum practices from George Washington.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.