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Exhibits'Doors are the Eyes to the Soul' photography talk
Amy Karam will share stories from her travels abroad and how she consistently collected photos of doors and passageways for over 15 years. She will also discuss her idea to combine this hobby with her interest in the development of children. The event will be hosted by West Elm, and part of photo sale proceeds will be donated to educational nonprofit ALearn. April 23, 6-8 p.m. Free. West Elm Home Decor & Furniture, 180 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Best in Kind: San Francisco Bay Area Ceramic Artists'
Curated by Jo Killen, this exhibit hosted by local fine arts press Smith Anderson Editions will showcase impressive ceramic pieces made by artists around the Bay Area. A reception will be held Saturday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. March 15-April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Smith Anderson Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto.
ExhibitsKusamura Bonsai Club 54th annual show
Club members will be on hand to answer questions during this two-day bonsai show. Demonstrations both days at 1:30 p.m. will give insight into how these living works of art are created. Saturday, April 26, noon to 5 p.m.; April 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsPortola Valley Watershed exhibit
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Town of Portola Valley. The library will help celebrate throughout the month of April with an exhibit of the local watershed, including Sausal Creek. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
ExhibitsArtist Alan VanEss
The work of local artist Alan VanEss is on display at the Atherton Library. VanEss's work features colorful perspectives of homes in the Atherton community, bringing together architecture and landscape. Through April, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Exhibits'Conversation Pieces' Exhibit
This exhibit contains four pairings of works on paper: human figures, botanical still lifes, nature studies and artists' portraits. Wednesday-Sunday, until May 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Dreams': Works by Avery Palmer
This exhibition of works by artist and CSMA faculty member Avery Palmer will include ceramics, paintings and drawings. An opening reception will be held with the artist on Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. April 11-May 25, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Exhibits'Intaglio: The Art of Incision'
Woodcut and relief printing, intaglio, lithography and screen printing have all been used to produce book illustrations at various points in printing history. Intaglio is one of the oldest of these processes and is the focus of this exhibit. March 3-May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Art & Architecture Library, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
ExhibitsPlein Aire Group Watercolor Exhibit
An exhibit of works by the Pleine Aire Group of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is on display at the Palo Alto Baylands EcoCenter. The works all involve the Baylands or other local open spaces. Until May 30, Monday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Revolutions in Eastern Europe'
The Hoover Institution's exhibition, "Revolutions in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Democracy, 1989-1990," includes dissident literature, political platforms, campaign ephemera, photographs and posters from the era. Tuesday through Saturday, through Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hoover Institution, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford.
Exhibits'The Circle of the Sun'
This exhibit of manuscripts from Stanford's collections examines the secular aspects of medieval and early modern European culture: the liberal arts; the rise of professions in law, medicine and commerce; and the emergence of scholastic philosophy, history, vernacular literature and renaissance humanism. Feb. 25- June 15, noon-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
ExhibitsAmerican Photographs: A Cultural History
Professor Alexander Nemerov designed this exhibition to illuminate his course on American photographs. The 14 works on display range from a Civil War-era photograph by Timothy O’Sullivan to street photography by Robert Frank, work by Diane Arbus from the 1960s and work by Helen Levitt from the 1970s. March 12 to July 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Exhibits'Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology and Surgery'
James Chang has incorporated Rodin's hand sculptures into his hand surgery educational program, using new technologies that scan the sculptures, create interior anatomy and allow for virtual surgery to correct the condition. The exhibition provides an interactive experience for visitors. Wednesday-Sunday, April 9-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsCarleton Watkins: 'The Stanford Albums'
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Act of 1864, Cantor Arts Center will mount an exhibition of 19th-century photographer Carleton Watkins' Pacific Coast photographs, all drawn from three unbound albums in the Stanford library’s Special Collections. April 23-Aug. 17, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Stonewalled in Jerusalem'
Santa Cruz mixed media artist Sara Friedlander will have on display her visually arresting and socially minded artwork, which focuses on the Israeli/Palestinian impasse. Using original and archival images, she explores both sides; she welcomes viewers' ideas about moving forward. May 16-August 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsTime Machines: Clocks and Timekeeping Devices
This exhibition explores timekeeping and timekeeping devices, from the introduction of the sundial by the ancient Egyptians to the precise atomic clock. In addition to explanations of clock mechanics, the exhibit examines the role of timekeeping in early navigation and in the Industrial Revolution. April 18-September 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Night, Smoke and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century'
This exhibition includes prints, drawings and photographs by artists such as James McNeill Whistler (U.S., 1834–1903), Max Klinger (Germany, 1857–1920), Felicien Rops (Belgium, 1833–1898) and Alvin Langdon Coburn (U.S., 1882–1966). On display from May 14 through Oct. 5, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Artists Observe Nature'
This exhibition features approximately 18 prints and drawings that focus on the post-17th century impulse to study nature. May 14-Oct. 5, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Sympathy for the Devil: Satan, Sin and the Underworld'
As Jackson Pollock’s painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford’s Anderson Collection, this exhibition explores the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. The exhibition also indicates the artists’ inspiration: religious sources and accounts by Homer, Dante and Virgil. On display from Aug. 20 through Nov. 30, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Robert Frank in America'
This exhibition of 125 photographs sheds light on the making of photographer Robert Frank’s book, "The Americans." His images document subjects such as Hollywood and the Ford Motor plant in Detroit, while probing social issues like politics, race and the post-war culture. On display Sept. 10-Jan. 4, 2015; Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
During the 17th and 18th centuries, European artists increasingly rendered in prints and drawings the new and traditional spaces in which people could view, buy, and converse about art. This installation also examines the social identities of the professional artist and the serious connoisseur. On display from Oct. 15 until March 8, 2015; every day except Monday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsDaumier on Art and the Theatre
After 1840, Honore Daumier made numerous prints for the popular press that deal with art theory, the public reception of painting and the performing arts. This installation contains roughly 16 prints and one drawing, all by Daumier. On display from Oct. 8-March 22, 2015; Wednesday-Saturday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center - Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.