Arts and Culture

CANTOR ARTS CENTER

SAMANTHA CUE

STAFF WRITER

Marble busts are scattered throughout the rocky garden, drawing you in with their steely eyes.

Two giant statues of life-like male heads welcome you as you walk into the Cantor Arts Center. This collection was entirely made by the sculptor Auguste Rodin, and in the Cantor, there are additional bronze statues featured by this artist.

“[The Cantor Arts Center is] a vital and dynamic museum on the Stanford University campus [that] spans 5,000 years and includes more than 45,000 artworks,” Director of Communications and Marketing Angela Drury said.

One of the most captivating exhibits I visited was “California: The Art of Water.”

This gallery was an interesting showcase of all the beautiful water landscapes in California and the rich, early history of the region.

This gallery has views of both well- watered regions in California and land struggling with flood control and droughts. Paintings and photographs of Yosemite, the Gold Rush, and Sacramento line the walls with beautiful bursts of color and take you through a journey of coastal scenery.

On Oct. 29 from 12:30-4 p.m., the museum is hosting an event called “Water Bar” where experts share their knowledge and advice regarding water issues with the public.

Another exhibit I enjoyed was a new addition, the Freidenrich Family Gallery, where new artists who have never been showcased anywhere before
were featured.

It was really interesting to see all the creative works of unknown artists because all of them are completely different; the paintings and multimedia sculptures show the creative, individual thinking of each artist.

“Contemporary art when situated in a historical setting can allow [them] not only to elicit conversations about the past, but [they] can think differently about [their] contemporary moment, and even the future of the museum,” said Curator Allison Gas.

These new artists brought a lot of new artistic visions to the museum.

The last gallery I saw was Comics in America. As a child, reading the comics in the newspaper was fun, and it has been a favorite American Sunday tradition for years. Comics like “Archie,” “Dennis the Menace,” “Peanuts,” and “Doonesbury” are pinned up on the walls, fondly reminding me of my childhood.

The point is to show comics as more than just something to be read, but also to be appreciated for the art of the drawings and meanings behind them.

Having comic strips might seem elementary and may not be considered “fine art” to some people, but this museum gives comics a whole new artistic definition.

There’s so much art to be seen, even at a local level. I highly recommend visiting the Cantor Arts Center to see the many diverse and inventive collections of showcased art.

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