50th Anniversary of Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Stanford U. (Thur. Oct. 16 Film; Fri., Oct. 17, Talks)


Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Stanford Humanities Center

Thursday, October 16, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Film screening of the movie Vertigo
Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto
430 Emerson St
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Friday, October 17, 2008, 11:00 a.m.
“The Perfection of Form”
Richard Allen, Professor and Chair of Cinema Studies at New York University.

Professor Richard Allen is editor of The Hitchcock Annual and a collection of essays from the journal, The Hitchcock Annual Anthology, will be published this Fall by Wallflower Press. He is author, most recently, of Hitchcock’s Romantic Irony (Columbia University Press, 2007).

12:30 pm Lunch Break

Presentations by aficionados 1:30-3:30 pm

Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Stanford
Roland Greene, Stanford
Marilyn Fabe, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Pavle Levi, Stanford

4:00 pm
Roundtable discussion with all participants including Pierre-Francois Mourier, French Consul General, and Jean-Marie Apostolidès, Stanford
Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA

Richard Diebenkorn, Two Exhibits at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford U (Through Nov. 9)

Richard Diebenkorn Works on View in Two Exhibitions at Cantor Arts Center

Richard Diebenkorn, Artist, and Carey Stanton, Collector: Their Stanford Connection

Richard Diebenkorn: Abstractions on Paper

July 23 – November 9, 2008

Stanford, California – Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents two exhibitions of Richard Diebenkorn’s work from July 23 through November 9, 2008. Diebenkorn (1922–1993), who spent most of his life in California, studied art at Stanford in the 1940s and returned to Stanford in 1963–64 as artist-in-residence. He and members of his family have generously donated works of his art to Stanford’s art museum, now the Cantor Arts Center.

“Diebenkorn’s legacy as a great American modernist spans five decades, from the 1940s to the 1990s,” said Betsy G. Fryberger, the Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Prints and Drawings. “His journey led from ‘Palo Alto Circle’ of 1943, which grew from Edward Hopper’s realism, to experiments with abstraction in ‘View of the Ocean, Santa Cruz Island’ of 1958, and later returning to representational forms in ‘View from the Studio, Ocean Park’ of 1974. The Bay Area Figurative Movement claimed Diebenkorn as one of its own, yet he maintained an individualistic stance throughout his career.”

The exhibition “Richard Diebenkorn, Artist, and Carey Stanton, Collector: Their Stanford Connection” presents 45 works by Diebenkorn that belonged to his friend and fellow Stanford alumnus Carey Stanton (1923–1987). Stanton’s taste as a collector was rooted in a specific place, Santa Cruz Island, the largest privately owned island off the continental United States. With views of the island and its buildings predominating, this group of works can also be seen in the larger context of the development of modernist expression in American art.

Historically and artistically significant, these small paintings, watercolors, prints, and drawings are “presented as a tribute to a deep friendship of almost half a century,” wrote Marla Daily, President of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, which now owns the collection. The exhibition also includes personal correspondence between the Diebenkorns and Stanton, Diebenkorn’s designs for the Santa Cruz Island flag, and memorabilia, in the form of photographs of the island terrain and ranch buildings. This exhibition, guest curated by Helen Tye Talkin and presented in the Cantor Arts Center’s Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery, is made possible by the Burton and Deedee McMurtry Fund.

“Richard Diebenkorn: Abstractions on Paper,” on view in the Center’s Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery, presents a selection of prints and other works on paper from the Center’s collection and from several private collections. These works represent Diebenkorn’s exploration of abstraction during the 1970s and 1980s. Several large gouaches on view, named for his studio in Santa Monica near Ocean Park Boulevard, are fully realized creations, not preparatory studies related to paintings. These show Diebenkorn’s light and sure touch in the overlays of delicate washes. As a printmaker, Diebenkorn skillfully exploited a variety of media, from monotype to intaglio at Crown Point Press in San Francisco to lithography at Gemini in Los Angeles. A sampling of these is included among the dozen works on view. This exhibition is made possible by the Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery Exhibitions Fund.

VISITOR INFORMATION: Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm. Admission is free. The Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free after 4 p.m. and all day on weekends. Information: 650-723-4177, museum.stanford.edu.

William Saroyan Centennial Celebration – Reception, Concert, New Heyday Book, and Huge, Year-Long Fresno Celebrations, Stanford, Fresno (Fri., Sept. 5, Stanford; Ongoing, Fresno)

Below I first pasted the Stanford Announcement.Below that is the Heyday book description and announcement. In addition to this event, there’s a slew of events in Fresno here.

William Saroyan Centennial Celebration – Reception & Concert

2008 marks the 100th anniversary of William Saroyan’s birth, and Stanford is celebrating. In an afternoon reception in Green Library, we will simultaneously celebrate the launch of Heyday Books’ compilation “He Flies Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease: A William Saroyan Reader”, and recognize the winners of the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Malcolm Margolin and Herbert Gold will speak at the event.

Following the reception, an evening performance showcasing Saroyan’s musical talents and collaborations will be held in Kresge Auditorium. Gregory Wait, Senior Lecturer and Director of Vocal Studies at Stanford University, and Music Director of Schola Cantorum, will direct the program, which will feature a world premier of Girakgi Picnic, a piece by William Saroyan and Alan Hovhaness that was recently discovered in Stanford’s William Saroyan archive.

Friday, September 5, 2008.  3:00 PM.

Approximate duration of 3.5 hour(s).

Stanford University, Green Library East (3:00-4:30) Kresge Auditorium (5:30-6:30)


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Free to the public


He Flies through the Air with the Greatest of Ease: A William Saroyan Reader

Edited by William E. Justice
Foreword by Herbert Gold

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-089-8, $35.00
Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-090-4, $24.95
632 pages (6 x 9)

A Great Valley Book

In celebration of one of America’s literary greats

Through the air on the flying trapeze, his mind hummed. Amusing it was, astoundingly funny. A trapeze to God, or to nothing, a flying trapeze to some sort of eternity; he prayed objectively for strength to make the flight with grace.”—From “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze”

Published for the centennial celebration of the iconic author’s birth, this collection of William Saroyan’s writings overflows with exuberance, explodes with flashes of pure brilliance and literary daring, and brings to life an Armenian American voice unique and unforgettable. A careful selection of known and loved short stories along with plays, novels, letters, essays, and previously unpublished works, this volume allows readers to discover afresh the many aspects of a complex, engaging, and sophisticated writer.

For more information on the William Saroyan Centennial, visit these websites: