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Date: 11-13-2018 12:16 AM
Subject: Cantor Arts Center
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Tags:art, buddha, cantor, field trip, museum, palo alto, sculpture, stanford, statue, sunset, window
Cantor Arts Center


On Sunday D. and I needed an indoor activity due to smoke from the fires in Butte County contributing to the poor air quality outdoors locally, so we went to the Cantor Arts Center to enjoy some of the exhibits.  Here are some of the pics I took.


The exterior.





We begin with the Contact Warhol: Photography Without End exhibit, featuring some of his 130,000 photographs.





A skull painting by Warhol.





A wall is dedicated to some of the celebrity images he created.





An interactive display of his contact sheets allows visitors to explore and examine separate images.







A peek inside a contemporary art gallery upstairs reveals a large modular piece.





The H.L. Kwee Galleria, on the second floor.





A window to an outdoor terrace shows a bit of the haziness in the air from the wildfires.





A small sitting area outside another gallery invites contemplation.





"Banda amarilla (Yellow band)" is a 1970 sculpture by Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto.





Another look at the contemporary art gallery.





"Screen" by Korean artist and sculptor Do Ho Suh, composed of 86,000 individually cast resin figures, examines themes of opacity and transparency, division and connection, privacy and togetherness.





In the Asian art gallery, we see a bronze Daoist deity from the Ming dynasty.





This Ming dynasty water buffalo carved from nephrite looks rather winsome, doesn't it?





This carved ivory dragon from Meiji-era Japan has articulated limbs and jaws.





This Ming-era Vairochana, one of five Transcendent Buddhas, is seated on a lotus with 1,000 petals that emit 100,000 Buddhas, each of whom will teach the doctrine to a different universe.  (Several of these 100,000 Buddhas have lost their heads; I wonder if that will impair their teaching? )





On our way home we see the surreal sunset caused by the wildfire smoke.




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