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April 13, 2013, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal

Richard Misrach Night Fishing, Near Bonnet Carré Spillway, Norco, La. Richard Misrach. On exhibit in Revisiting The South: Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley, at The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University through June 16.

REVISITING THE SOUTH: RICHARD MISRACH’S CANCER ALLEY. The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents “Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley,” 19 large-scale color photographs and 14 contact sheets by the internationally acclaimed photographer that highlight the severe environmental degradation of the Mississippi River corridor from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Favorable taxation policies have drawn industry to the region and one-quarter of the nation’s petrochemicals are manufactured there, in close proximity to homes, schools and playgrounds. Residents within a one-mile radius of factories are subjected to significant air and water pollution as well as noxious odors and industrial noise. In focusing on the delicate state of the Mississippi River, Misrach signals not just the environmental challenges facing the South but also the larger costs of the modern world. Misrach speaks about these works on Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m., in Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building on the Stanford campus. Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley runs through June 16.

The Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. Admission is free. The Cantor is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free after 4 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends. 723-4177 or Cool Café, inside the Museum, overlooks the Rodin Sculpture Garden at the Cantor Arts Center, and features art created by Stanford students.


PENINSULA MUSEUM OF ART LOOKS FOR DOCENTS AND VOLUNTEERS. The Peninsula Museum of Art is expanding its corps of docents and volunteers at its just opened Burlingame facility. Docents preside over the Museum lobby, greet visitors, answer questions about the exhibitions, and lead tours of the exhibitions. The docents meet prior to the opening of a new exhibition for a training session, usually with the artist and/or curator. Volunteers bring a variety of much-needed skills and knowledge to the museum, including expertise in gallery lighting, event scheduling, record-keeping, conservation, library cataloguing, public relations, social media, graphic design, website updating, equipment maintenance, marketing and fundraising. Find out about joining the PMA “family” of docents and volunteers by calling 692-2133 or emailing

The inaugural exhibits at the Peninsula Museum of Art are The Legendary Joe Price, serigraphs from the PMA permanent collection (through July 14); Lori Kay: Recycle, Reuse, cREate, cast bronze and fabricated metal sculpture (through July 14); and Ira Yeager: Figurative Painting (through May 26). PMA’s Museum Store specializes in one-of-a-kind fine crafts and small artworks by regional artists, including hand-painted silks, jewelry, ceramics, photography and sculpture. The Reference Library is open during Museum hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays). 1777 California Drive, Burlingame. 692-2133 or


BIG BANG: PARTY, PARTY, PARTY AND SUPPORT CONSERVATION. The California Academy of Sciences’ 27th annual Big Bang Gala on April 18 will have guests mingling with visionary leaders in environmental conservation and sustainability while reveling in a sensational atmosphere set inside the greenest museum on the planet. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by guests’ choice of two Insightful Conversations. The Art and Science of Chasing Ice features renowned nature photographer and founder of the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), James Balog, whose documentation of the world’s receding glaciers was recently featured in the award-winning documentary Chasing Ice. The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance features architect William McDonough, recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, the nation’s highest environmental honor, and champion of the Cradle to Cradle design philosophy which considers a product’s full life cycle. Conversations will be followed with a seated dinner by McCalls, presenting a menu of locally sourced, sustainable fare.

At 8:30 p.m., a second wave of guests arrives for Big Bang: Party After Dark. In addition to dessert and an open bar of inspired libations, Gala and Party After Dark guests will enjoy electrifying entertainment including a live DJ set by retro-soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne, presented by Another Planet Entertainment; Rock the Bike, an all bicycle-powered DJ booth with music by Fossil Fool and DJ Izzy Wise; pedal-powered art installation El Arbol; and captivating visuals by ALL OF IT NOW! Party After Dark guests will also dine on late-night eats by Del Popolo, a mobile Neapolitan-style pizzeria housed inside a restored transatlantic shipping container, and enjoy a pizza making demonstration by pizzaiolo Jon Darksy (formerly of Flour+Water and Pizzeria Delfina.)

The California Academy of Sciences is located at 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco. Proceeds benefit Academy conservation and sustainability programs. For ticket information call (415) 379-5411 or visit

Susan Cohn can be reached at or



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