Hope Gangloff leads contemporary artists’ occupation of Cantor Arts Center


The Cantor Arts Center premiered its “Artists at Work” series this May with celebrated contemporary artist Hope Gangloff. As part of the Diekman Contemporary Commissions Program, a commission-based program to modernize and expand the museum’s collection, the enigmatic artist occupied the Cantor Art Museum and unveiled her act of creation.

Gangloff accepted an invitation to transform the 1894 historic atrium into a public work space, erecting and occupying her temporary studio from May 21 to 29. Visitors of all ages spectated the creation of a six-foot portrait of Tammy Fortin, a friend of Gangloff and team member at the Cantor.

As part of the ongoing exhibition, the atrium balcony has been transformed with a collection of Gangloff’s contemporary works, on display though April 2018.

The artist also celebrates the history of portraiture curating and hanging alongside historical works from the museum’s permanent collection. “Hope Gangloff Curates Portraiture” is on view April 5 to Sept. 24.

The Diekman Contemporary Commissions Program is a five-year series in which artists are invited into the museum to use the atrium as a site for a contemporary installation, exhibition, or performance. Next year’s artist has yet to be determined.

Stay tuned as more contemporary artists invade history, with permission of course, at the Cantor Arts Center in 2018.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Peninsula Press is a project of the Stanford Journalism Program but is not affiliated with the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford.)

STORY UPDATED (6/9/2017)