At a glance

Art & Architecture Library

Student work

The Art & Architecture Library periodically features student work, often in conjunction with studio classes taught in the Department of Art & Art History.

Spring Architecture Exhibit poster

Models from the Architectural Design Program
April 3-18, 2014

This exhibition features ten architectural models created by students in the Architectural Design Program’s Intermediate Architecture Studio, taught by Allison Williams in the winter quarter of 2014. The students’ assignment was to propose a design for a future Architectural Design Program building--specifically, for a new graduate program currently being developed--to be located on a new site near Panama Street and Via Ortega. Their proposals are both practical and conceptual, suggesting not only the appearance but also the function and creative potential of a new space for a new program.

The Chair:
Eleven Original Designs from Stanford Students
June 6-14, 2013

This course affords advanced art and design students an opportunity to hone and refine their design and fabrication skills by focusing in depth on the creation of a single highly refined chair. The process is informed by exploration of the rich history of chair design, investigation of materials and construction techniques, and the writing of a design manifesto to develop a point of view. The uniqueness of those points of view is clearly manifest in the wide variety of chairs on display in this exhibition. 

Models from the Architectural Design Program
May 20-June 1, 2013

Curated by Jacob Schaffert, a senior majoring in Architectural Design, and Julia Schubach, a junior majoring in Architectural Design, this exhibition features study and final models for seven projects produced by students from a number of different AD studio courses. Models range from the design for a Stanford Arts Quad to experiments in acrylic and cardboard. This exhibition marks the first time that student models have been shown outside of the Engineering Department.

Artists' Books from ARTSTUDI 147
Spring 2013

In the Winter 2013 quarter, students from Ala Ebtekar's studio course visited the Art & Architecture Library twice to view selections from the library's artists' books collection. The visits helped to inform their own work, providing them with examples of the artist's book form that ranged from the historic to the contemporary, the traditional to the experimental. The works on view in this exhibition are the students' final projects, a set of works that includes altered books, hand-drawn and printed pages, mixed-media boxes, and intricately cut and folded creations.

ARTSTUDI 147: Artists' Books
Spring 2012

In the Winter 2012 quarter, students from Ala Ebtekar's studio course visited the Art & Architecture Library twice to view selections from the library's artists' books collection. The visits helped to inform their own work, providing them with examples of the artist's book form that ranged from the historic to the contemporary, the traditional to the experimental. The works on view in this exhibition are the students' final projects, a set of works that includes altered books, hand-drawn pages, mixed-media boxes, and performance traces.

Art Department Student and Faculty Work
Ongoing

ARTSTUDI 262: The Chair
Spring 2012, Spring 2011

Square Root
Spring 2010

The MFA Thesis Exhibition is an annual presentation of the Department of Art & Art History's graduating visual artists. This year, the students have extended their exhibition, Square Root, into the Art & Architecture Library, each of the four artists filling a case in the Reading Room with materials related to their work on view in the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. The materials are a mix of preparatory sketches, inspirational materials, journal entries, and finished pieces--all helping to reveal the very personal steps involved in creating a cohesive body of work.

The artists represented in the show are Jeremiah Barber, Jamil Hellu, Juan Luna-Avin and Armando Miguélez. 

Books by the Students of DANCE 171
Winter-Spring 2010

During the Fall 2009 quarter, the students of Dance 171: Conversing Across Dance History (led by visiting artist Ralph Lemon and Professor Janice Ross) visited the Art & Architecture Library in order to view a selection of artists' books from the Art Locked Stacks collection.  One of the students' culminating assignments was to create books (or book-like objects) that distilled their class experiences in some way. Inspired by the range of bindings, formats, and themes they saw during their library visit, they created a unique and highly personal set of works.

Photobooks: ARTSTUDI 276
Summer-Fall 2009

This exhibition of photobooks marks the culmination of a collaborative effort between Lukas Felzmann’s Spring 2009 class, Art Studio 276: The Photographic Book, and the staff of the Libraries. Over the course of the quarter the class twice visited the Art & Architecture Library for extended viewings of classic and contemporary artists books and photobooks led by Peter Blank, Head Librarian. In addition, David Brock, SULAIR Book Conservator, attended these viewings and made an additional presentation on book structure to the class. The photobooks produced by the students reflect not only the examples seen from the Locked Stack collection, but also the students’ unique perspectives and aspirations.

The photographs featured in each piece are clearly drawn from the student photographers’ personal experiences, their friends, their travels, their worlds. This is to be expected. What is surprising is the range of means by which the students meld photographic images with presentation formats. From Chelsea Chiara Chau’s delightful, dragon-like, constantly unfolding Emotionary, with its play on photographic framing, to Mike Attie’s simple, accordion-fold narrative presentation Leaving CA, a wonderful road trip of images taken with both a plastic and a pinhole camera, each of the nine books on exhibit are exemplary in their own way. In addition, we are pleased to present a copy of Lukas Felzmann’s most recent book, Waters in Between: An Archive of a Marsh (Baden, Switzerland: Lars Müller Publishers, 2009).

Photobooks: Inspiration and Process
ARTSTUDI 276
Summer-Fall 2009