The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is a place of creative engagement, community programming, and active learning. In addition to collaborations with academic departments, professors, and students, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University produces public programs that include live performances, workshops, and dynamic experiences that explore the connections between art and life.
Interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave challenges conventions on what it means to be a visual artist, a performer, a crafter, and an educator. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, full-body sized sculptures, often worn as costumes and performed in. Soundsuits conceal the wearer’s identity leaving the viewer with no indication of race, gender, or age.
Cave’s Soundsuits are made of everything from collected and repurposed buttons, to wooden sticks, beaded baskets, doilies and sequined fabric. The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is proud to present an exhibition of eight Soundsuits along with three video works by Cave, as well as a recently completed documentary on the artist, titled Here. Visitors are invited to experience these marvelous creations on view in the Wisch Family Gallery and throughout the first floor of the museum.
The exhibition is organized by the Anderson Collection. The museum gratefully acknowledges support from the generosity of museum members and the Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Charitable Foundation.
Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2010, Human hair and mannequin, 96 x 29 x 20 in. Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, 2011.007. © Nick Cave. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Another Look at the Permanent Collection
September 9, 2015 – ongoing
The museum presents a refresh of the inaugural Anderson Collection installation by showcasing a broader spectrum of the Anderson family’s gift to Stanford University. The installation introduces museum visitors to new works by artists they’ve come to know in the museum’s galleries and provide visitors with opportunities to experience the collection in new ways. It includes major works by Vija Celmins, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Irwin, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, David Park, Jackson Pollock, Martin Puryear, Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still. Gallery texts found through the installation were developed by PhD students in Art History at Stanford University.
Manuel Neri: Assertion of the Figure
Gifts from the Manual Neri Trust
September 14, 2017 – February 13, 2018
Wisch Family Gallery
The exploration of the human figure has been the pursuit of artists for millennia. Manuel Neri (b. 1930), a California native and former student of Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliveira, has spent a lifetime accentuating the gesture, surface, and materiality of the figure. He renders his work in several different mediums that include plaster, marble, bronze, and paper.
This exhibition, drawn from and celebrating gifts donated to the museum by The Manuel Neri Trust, provides a glimpse into the artist’s creative process and his quest to define the figure on his own terms.