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.

Manuel Neri: Assertion of the Figure

Gifts from the Manuel Neri Trust

September 14, 2017 – February 12, 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, 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.

Neri has been heavily influenced by the Bay Area Figuration and California Funk movements, both of which are represented in the Anderson Collection, as well as modern European sculptors Alberto Giacometti and Auguste Rodin.

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.

 Manuel Neri, Joan Brown Seated, 1959, cast 1963, re-patina applied 2016, 30 ¼ x 12 ½ x 27 in. Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Gift of the Manuel Neri Trust, 2017.2.01

Currently on view

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.