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EXHIBIT: 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,

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CALL FOR PAPERS/FILM/EXHIBIT: Kerouac’s On the Road and the Beats: Film on K in Big Sur and Scroll Exhibit, University of Birmingham, UK (Deadline, Oct. 11; Conference: Thur. Dec. 11-Dec. 12)

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a website for this conference. The most complete listing is at H-California at the link here, above, or below.–ed.

The famous 1951 ‘scroll’ version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is on display at the Barber Institute, University of Birmingham during December 2008 and January 2009 — contact for further details.

Cfp: Jack Kerouac, Kerouac’s On the Road and the Beats

A two day conference at the University of Birmingham UK

Thursday 11 December 2008 and Friday 12 December 2008

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of On the Road’s publication in the UK, in 1958 (following its 1957 publication in the US). The University of Birmingham has arranged for the 1951 original typescript manuscript of On the Road – the world-famous scroll of 1951 – to come to the Barber Institute at the University during December 2008 and January 2009. A series of events is planned to celebrate this, including a Film Event (during the evening of 11 December) timed to coincide with this two-day conference, which will likely include the UK premiere showing of One Fast Move and I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, produced by Jim Sampas.

The conference will take as its focus the ‘Beats’ and their relations to On the Road and its themes –travel, jazz, sexuality and gender, rebellion, disaffiliation and alienation, class and ethnicity. Plenary speakers will include Tim Hunt (author of Kerouac’s Crooked Road), speaking on how being able to study the scroll ms. adjusts our perspective upon On the Road, and Matt Theado.

Please do come along to this exciting event and – if you wish – deliver a paper. CFP: If you want to deliver a paper please submit a title for your paper and an abstract of between 100 and 250 words for consideration to: by 31 October 2008

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CALL FOR PAPERS: The Changing Face of Agricultre and the Rural Landscape, Agricultural History Society, Little Rock, AR (Deadline, Nov. 15; Conference June 18-20, 2009)

Call for Papers

The Changing Face of Agriculture and the Rural Landscape
Annual Meeting of the Agricultural History Society
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, Arkansas

June 18 to June 20, 2009

Deadline for Submissions: November 15, 2008

International issues concerning agriculture and rural life have attracted wide public discussion in the last few years. Farmers, consumers, workers, and communities across the world are facing such issues as climate change, trade and migration, financial and credit instability, and pressures on rural traditions. Scholars of rural life have an opportunity to reassert the importance of agricultural and rural history in weighing these issues and at the same time to consider the implications for approaches to our field.

In the interest of promoting understanding of the changing face of agriculture and the rural landscape, the program committee wishes to encourage submissions of interdisciplinary and cross-national panels focused on the historical roots of current issues. We also encourage discussion of changes these new issues may suggest for the field of agriculture and rural history. However, proposals on any aspect of agriculture and rural history are welcome. We encourage proposals of all types and formats, including traditional papers/commentary sessions, thematic panel discussions, roundtables on recent books, and poster presentations. We will consider submissions of full panels and individual papers, as well as paired or individual posters.

Submission Procedures
Complete session proposals should include a chair, participants, and, if applicable, a commentator. Please include the following information:

• An abstract of no more than 200 words for the session as a whole;
• A prospectus of no more than 250 words for each presentation;
• A mailing address, email, phone number, and affiliation for each participant; and
• A CV of no more than a page for each participant.

Individual submissions should include all the above except a session abstract.

Please send submissions, in Microsoft Word or RTF format, to Alternatively, applicants may mail five hard copies of their proposals to:

Jeannie Whayne
Department of History, 416 Old Main
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Please direct questions regarding the program to any member of the program committee:

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BOOKS: It Came From Berkeley: How Berkeley Changed the World by Dave Weinstein (talks in Oct. and Nov.)

Dave Weinstein, a local journalist for the Contra Costa Times and the Chron has a new book out on Berkeley.

Oct. 5 Napa County Historical Society, Sunday, Oct. 5. 2:30 p.m. 1219 First Street, Napa. 707-224-1739. A slide-talk. Free.

Oct. 13. 7 p.m. Monday. – Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA, 94707. (510) 524-3043. A slide-talk. Free.

Oct. 17, Friday. — Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts, 7:30, Friday. 2904 College Ave., Berkeley. A reception – a brief talk, no slides, then mingle and discuss the book. Light refreshments. Free.
Oct. 19, Sunday. Berkeley Historical Society, 2-4 p.m. Sunday afternoon reception and slide talk. Light refreshments. Berkeley History Center, Veterans Memorial Building, 1931 Center Street, Berkeley. Free.
Nov. 20, Thursday. – Stacey’s, downtown San Francisco. 581 Market Street. 415-421-4687. Lunchtime talk, no slides. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free.

Nov. 20, Thursday. — El Cerrito Library. 6510 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito. Nov. 20, 7 p.m. 510-526-7512. Slide talk. Free.