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