Work by Booklyn artist Maria Veronica San Martin is currently being exhibited at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford.

On view November 11, 2015–March 21, 2016
Freidenrich Family Gallery

The new exhibition Missing Persons considers both the aesthetic and political implications of what it means to be missing. The 50 photographs, prints, artist books and archival objects on view visually play with the tension between absence and presence, so that the absence of the subject becomes the substance of the work. The exhibition features objects that range from a 19th-century silhouette by American painter Raphaelle Peale to contemporary works by internationally known artists including Kara Walker, the Guerrilla Girls, Lee Friedlander, Richard Misrach, Allen Ruppersberg, Diane Arbus, Ana Mendieta, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Glenn Ligon, Sophie Calle, Catherine Wagner and Ester Hernandez. Many of these artists recognize populations who are excluded from representation, or who have gone missing under oppressive political institutions; art works address those displaced from their homes by colonialism, gentrification, incarceration and authoritarian regimes.

This exhibition is curated by five graduate students at Stanford University: PhD candidates in Art History Caroline Murray Culp, Alexis Bard Johnson, Natalie Pellolio and Yinshi Lerman-Tan; and PhD candidate in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa. It is the culmination of a graduate seminar about curatorial practice co-taught by Connie Wolf, the Cantor’s John and Jill Freidenrich Director, and Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History. The class spanned three academic quarters, totaling about seven months from the initial meeting of the curatorial team to the final exhibition and publication.

This exhibition is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant designed to enhance the training of Ph.D. students in Stanford’s Department of Art & Art History.

Artists included in Missing Persons exhibition:

Diane Arbus
Lewis Baltz
Richard Barnes
Sophie Calle
Enrique Chagoya
Judy Dater
Augustin Amant Constant Fidèle Edouart
Lee Friedlander
Allen Ginsberg
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Guerrilla Girls
John Gutmann
Ester Hernandez
Lewis Wickes Hine
Helen Levitt
Glenn Ligon
Ana Mendieta
Maria Veronica San Martin
Master of Ede
Richard Misrach
Raphaelle Peale
Allen Ruppersberg
Lorena Vazquez
Laura Volkerding
Catherine F. Wagner
Kara Walker

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