Explore the museum through live programming and events.
An Evening of Yoga and Art
Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 6-8pm
This two hour event begins with a 50 minute Vinyasa Yoga Flow class that takes place on the lawn between the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection at Stanford. Following the class, Sheryl Nonnenberg, a Yoga Alliance-certified instructor, art researcher/writer and former collection manager of the Anderson Collection will lead an informal tour through the galleries. The evening will end in one of the galleries with quiet seated meditation time.
Participants should have prior yoga experience and come prepared with a yoga mat. Yoga attire is recommended. Lockers are available inside the museum for items to be stored prior to gallery tour.
Limited to 25 participants. CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY. Check-in upon arrival.
Film Screening: The Cool School
Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 6pm
The Cool School is an abject lesson in how to build an art scene from scratch and what to avoid in the process. The film focuses on the seminal Ferus Gallery, which groomed the LA art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks that included Ed Moses, Robert Irwin, and Billy Al Bengston, into a coterie of competitive, often brilliant artists. The Ferus served as launching point for Andy Warhol , Jasper Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein. What was lost and gained is tied up in a complex web of egos, passions, money, and art. This is how LA came of age.
The Anderson Collection, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford Arts, and Stanford Live celebrate the end of the academic year with this STUDENTS ONLY event!
Thursday, May 26, 3016 from 6-8pm. Museum galleries and lawn.
Putt-putt, bocce ball, ping pong, giant lawn games and more! Make art, eat delicious food, watch live student music performances, see your friends, and explore the galleries.
SUNET ID required.
Lecture: Renee Bott
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 6:30pm. FREE. Denning Family Resource Center.
Paulson Bott Press owner and master printer, Renee Bott discusses working with contemporary artist, Tauba Auerbach in the etching studio. Join us for a presentation and discussion about the rewards and challenges of facilitating an artist’s idea in the print medium.
Film Screening: Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6pm. FREE. Denning Family Resource Center.
A powerful and intimate portrait, this film captures Mitchell’s independent spirit and testifies eloquently to Mitchell’s art. She was an active participant of New York’s dynamic Abstract Expressionist scene and hung out with fellow painters Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston and, soon, poets Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler and John Ashbery. This elegantly edited documentary weaves interviews with the acerbic Mitchell and other leading painters and critics while letting her stunning pictures dominate the film.
Lecture: Varieties in Abstraction – in Painting, Music, and Literature
Kendall Walton, Charles L. Stevenson Collegiate Professor of Philosophy, emeritus, University of Michigan and Wm H. Bonsall Visiting Professor, Stanford University
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 5:15pm. FREE. Denning Family Resource Center.
(Come early to tour the collection prior to the lecture! Galleries close at 5pm.)
There are actually not one but several interesting, and interestingly different, kinds of abstraction applicable to the arts—to music and literature as well as the visual arts. In this lecture Kendall Walton, Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus at Univeristy of Michigan and Bonsall Visiting Professor, Stanford University will explore the large space between abstraction in its various senses and several kinds of representation. Walton has written extensively on pictorial representation, fiction and the emotions, and the aesthetics of music.
Co-sponsored by Philosophy and Literature at Stanford.
Ideas about Space – The Dance of Molissa Fenley at the Anderson
Ideas about Space – these dances address the idea of shared spaces: the mental space (of the dancer, of the watcher), the space between (dancer and object/dancer and dancer/dancer and watcher), the space around (the clear space surrounding the dancer), the space within (the height, width and depth of the space create meaning). Choreographed by Molissa Fenley, New York based dancer and professor in Dance Studies at Mills College and Stanford PhD student in Performance and Theater Studies, Rebecca Chaleff.
Presented by the Anderson Collection Student Advisory Board!
Come explore the collection in the spirit of a silent disco! Students have asked artists, professors, and musicians to pick their favorite work in the collection and a song to go along with it. Bring your device to listen to this curated playlist (or borrow one of ours) as you tour the collection for this special one night only experience.
The Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture
Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 6:30pm. FREE. Cemex Auditorium at the Graduate School of Business.
The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is hosting the second annual Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture at Cemex Auditorium featuring this year’s distinguished guest artist, ROBERT IRWIN.
For more than six decades, Robert Irwin (b. 1928, Long Beach, California) has explored perception as the fundamental issue of art. Irwin, who began his career as a painter in the 1950s and became the pioneer of the L.A.-based “Light and Space” movement in the 1960s, has, through a continual breaking down of the frame, come to regard the role of art as “conditional,” or something that works in and responds to the specific surrounding world of experience.
Film Screening: Philip Guston: A Life Lived
Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:30pm. FREE. Denning Family Resource Center.
Guston looks back over a career that originated in social realism during the ’30s, moved to the center of Abstract Expressionism, and culminated in a return to figuration. Filmed at his retrospective at SFMOMA in 1980 and at his Woodstock studio, the artist speaks candidly about his philosophy of painting and the psychological motivation for his work.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 6:30pm in the galleries. FREE.
The New Ensemble, directed by Joo-Mee Lee, presents its Winter program “Spatial, Visual, and Expressive,” featuring the music of Hindemith, Ysaÿe, Britten, and Petrassi. The concert will take place among the contemporary art of Stanford’s Anderson Collection.
Dialogues in Art
Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 2-4pm. FREE, galleries.
Join us for an afternoon of focused gallery talks by Stanford students at the Anderson Collection. Art makers and art historians join together in pairs to present their views, observations, and thoughts on specific works in the collection. Come for one or for all! The talks begins at 2:00 pm in the galleries and continue until 4:00 pm. Free and open to the public!
Matt Mason (Art History) & Cy Edgar Keener (MFA) on Bruce Beasley’s Killyboffin (1968)
Danny Smith (Art History) & Boris Oicherman (MFA) on Robert Irwin’s Untitled (1969)
Jennie Waldow (Art History) & Masako Miyazaki (MFA) on Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park #60 (1973)
Cyle Metzger (Art History) & Ashley Fischer (MFA) on Nathan Oliveira’s Stage #2 with Bed (1967)
Join us for a special visit from featured artist in the exhibition, Constructive Interference. Mark Fox talks about his body of work, his time as a Stanford MFA student, and being a working artist in New York City.
Social Furniture Workshops with MoreLab!
MoreLab will conduct a series of social furniture exploration and prototyping workshops with Stanford students across varied disciplines. Using cheap and off-the-shelf materials, participants in the workshop will explore the areas around the Anderson Collection building, and develop a series of social furniture prototypes that invite collaboration, informal social interaction, experimentation and play.
Combat Paper Workshop with Stanford Live
Monday, November 2 from 3-5pm and again from 5-7pm, FREE. Meet outside the museum, facing the Cantor Arts Center’s North Lawn.
Students, veterans, and the community are invited to participate in workshops where uniforms worn in service will be transformed into handmade paper. The workshops will be an opportunity to create works of art and share our understandings about the collective responsibilities of military service.
Artist Talk: MoreLab
Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 6:30pm. FREE. Denning Family Resource Center.
MoreLab’s Groove Grove is currently installed on the grounds of the Anderson Collection. Based in Oakland, California, Morelab creates innovative artworks, installations and experiences that examine our understanding of the social, political and ecological dynamics of public space. Founded in 2013 by Matthew Passmore, the original founder of the Rebar Art & Design Studio (“Rebar”), Morelab works with cultural institutions, government agencies and private entities to enhance the quality, character and understanding of the public realm.
This fall, Morelab will conduct a series of social furniture exploration and prototyping workshops with Stanford students across varied disciplines. Using cheap and off-the-shelf materials, participants in the workshop will explore the areas around the Anderson Collection building, and develop a series of social furniture prototypes that invite collaboration, informal social interaction, experimentation and play.
Film Screening: Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World
Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:30pm. FREE. Denning Family Resource Center.
A moving documentary on the internationally renowned painter, designated by ARTnews Magazine one of the world’s top-ten living artists. This documentary was shot over a period of four years, from 1998 through 2002, Agnes Martin’s ninetieth year. Interviews with Martin are inter-cut with shots at work in her studio in Taos, New Mexico, with photographs and archival footage, and with images of her work from over five decades. It is a venue for Martin to speak about her work, her working methods, her life as an artist, and her views about the creative process. She also discusses her film, “Gabriel” and reads from her poetry and lectures. In keeping with Martin’s chosen life of solitude, she alone appears in the documentary.
An Evening of Yoga and Art
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 6-8pm. FREE.
So popular the first time, we’ve added another one! This two hour event begins with a 50 minute Vinyasa Yoga Flow class that takes place on the lawn between the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection at Stanford. Following the class, Sheryl Nonnenberg, a Yoga Alliance-certified instructor, art researcher/writer and former collection manager of the Anderson Collection will lead an informal tour through the galleries. The evening will end with a quiet meditation seated in front of Robert Irwin’s mesmerizing sculpture, Untitled. Participants should have prior yoga experience and come prepared with a yoga mat. Yoga attire is recommended.
Film Screening: Rothko’s Rooms
Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 6:30pm. FREE. Denning Family Resource Center.
“I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on…The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience as I had when I painted them.” -Mark Rothko
In the late 1940s and 50s, Mark Rothko (1903-70) was one of the leading American artists who created wall-scale abstract paintings that filled the viewer’s field of vision and became a form of environment. Together with painters such as Clyfford Still, he wanted to express a sense of the sublime, an idea associated with religious awe, vastness and natural magnificence.
This documentary chronicling Rothko’s life explores his visual language with contributions from his daughter and son, friends, artists, art historians, collectors and curators.
Strings in the Galleries: A Performance by the St. Lawrence String Quartet
Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 6:30pm. FREE. Galleries.
Established in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has developed an undisputed reputation as one of the world’s great ensembles. Called “witty, buoyant, and wickedly attentive” (The Gazette, Montreal), with a “peerless” sense of ensemble (Financial Times, London), the quartet is celebrated for its “smoldering intensity” (Washington Post), and “flexibility, dramatic fire and… hint of rock ‘n’ roll energy” (LA Times). SLSQ performs around the world and has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University since 1998.
Join these extraordinary musicians for a special evening in the galleries.
An Evening of Yoga and Art
Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 6-8pm. FREE.
This two hour event begins with a 50 minute Vinyasa Yoga Flow class that takes place on the lawn between the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection at Stanford. Following the class, Sheryl Nonnenberg, a Yoga Alliance-certified instructor, art researcher/writer and former collection manager of the Anderson Collection will lead an informal tour through the galleries. The evening will end with a quiet meditation seated in front of Robert Irwin’s mesmerizing sculpture, Untitled. Participants should have prior yoga experience and come prepared with a yoga mat. Yoga attire is recommended.
Limited to 25 participants. Pre-registration required.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 2-4pm. FREE, galleries.
Join us for an afternoon of focused gallery talks by Stanford students at the Anderson Collection. Art makers and art historians join together in pairs to present their views, observations, and thoughts on specific works in the collection. Come for one or for all! The talks begins at 2:00 pm in the galleries and continue until 4:00 pm. Free and open to the public with a reception to follow.
Lauren Toomer and Caroline Culp on Richard Diebenkorn’s Girl on the Beach (1957)
Elizabeth Lo and Conor Lauesen on Nathan Oliveira’s, Nude in Environment I (1962)
Chris Nickel and Sydney Skelton-Simon on Fletcher Benton’s Oakland Maquette (1969)
Ryan Wolff and Nick Salazar on Robert Irwin’s Untitled (1969)
Daniel Cohen, Felicita Norris and Henry Rownd on Mark Tansey’s Yosemite Falls (Homage to Watkins) (1993)
Thursday Nights at the Anderson! Skating and food for students!
Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 6-9pm. FREE, Lawns, terraces, and museum galleries.
The Arts Institute, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center, and Stanford Live present “Arts Roll,” a celebration of another year as part of Stanford’s vibrant arts district. The four organizations join together to host a student party featuring an outdoor roller-skating rink; hands-on art making activities; open galleries at the Cantor and Anderson Collection; live music by student artists, Camp Youth and the Percs and an exhibition of student art work produced as the result of the Arts Institute program, MashUp. As a counterpoint to Party on the Edge, students can explore the variety of opportunities the Stanford arts district has to offer, sign up for student memberships, explore the collections, all while celebrating the end of another year of dynamic arts programming on campus.
Co-sponsored by the Stanford Arts Institute, Cantor Arts Center, and Stanford Live.
The Arts Roll program is made possible by a generous gift from the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 6-7pm. FREE. Galleries.
Stanford student music groups perform in the galleries surrounded by pieces that inspire their music.
Musical acts include:
- Excerpts from the musical The Last Five Years, performed by two soloists and a 6 piece orchestra
- Raagapella a capella group, Stanford University’s all-male South Asian focused a cappella group, with a repertoire of Bollywood pop, traditional cultural music, and original fusion pieces
- The Outsiders, a new music-collective-slash-label-in-progress, comprised of 9 members who span across multiple genres that include production, songwriting, singing, and rapping
Wayne Thiebaud: Painted Worlds
The Inaugural Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6:30pm. FREE, CEMEX Auditorium at the Graduate School of Business.
Distinguished artist and educator Wayne Thiebaud will share insights with the community about his practice, and thoughts on teaching and learning.
Thursday Nights at the Anderson!
Film Screening and Panel Discussion: !Women Art Revolution
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 6pm. FREE, Denning Family Resource Center.
Through intimate interviews, art, and rarely seen archival film and video footage, Lynn Hershman Leeson’s !Women Art Revolution reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into an art that radically transformed the art and culture of our times.
Following the film will be a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker, Lynn Hershman Leeson; Moira Roth, Feminist Art Historian and critic (Mills College); Jennifer DeVere Brody, chair of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford; Pamela Lee, Professor of Art History at Stanford, Camille Utterback, Assistant Professor of Art Practice at Stanford and Tammy Rae Carland, artist and chair of photography at CCA.
Co-sponsored by Stanford Arts Institute and Institute for Diversity in the Arts.
Jazz Talk: Jazz and Modern Art in America with Loren Schoenberg
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12pm. FREE, Denning Family Resource Center.
Loren Schoenberg, jazz musician, critic, and artistic director for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, joins the Anderson Collection at Stanford University’s Director, Jason Linetzky in a conversation on jazz and modern art. Co-sponsored by Stanford Live, the program preludes Wednesday night’s Stanford Live concert by the SFJAZZ Collective.
Thursday Nights at the Anderson! Film Screening: A Good Time to be West
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6:30pm. FREE, Denning Family Resource Center.
Join us this last Thursday of March for a screening of this unique and rarely see film. Shot on 35mm film and starring Henry Winkler as narrator, featuring Fletcher Benton, Peter Voulkos, Tom Holland, Robert Husdon and more artists in their own words. Spend the evening here learning about California artists while you enjoy freshly popped popcorn in the Denning Family Resource Center.
Basil Twist – Animating the Inanimate: A Talk on Abstract Experiments in Puppetry and Visual Arts
Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6:30-7:30pm. FREE, Denning Family Resource Center and galleries.
Mohr Visiting Artist Basil Twist will lead a discussion inspired by this outstanding collection of 20th century American Art that highlights the abstraction he has developed and created in his own works on stage.
The Mohr Visiting Artist Program is supported by Nancy and Larry Mohr and administered by the Stanford Arts Institute.
Crisscrossing the World: Los Angeles Artists and the Global Imagination, 1960-1980 with Kellie Jones
Friday, March 6, 2015 from 12-1pm. FREE, Denning Family Resource Center.
Dr. Jones is a professor of Art History & Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. Her research interests include African American and African Diaspora artists, Latino/a and Latin American Artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory.
Dr. Jones has worked as a curator for over three decades and has numerous major national and international exhibitions to her credit. Her exhibitions have been named as “one of the best exhibitions” of 2011, 2012, and 2014 by Artforum, as well as “best thematic shows nationally” by the International Association of Art Critics in 2011. She is the co-curator of Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the 1960s which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, currently on view at the University of Texas, Austin.
Co-sponsored by CSRE, TAPS, Feminist, Gender + Sexuality Studies, American Studies, and AAAS.
Thursday Nights at the Anderson! Writing Salon
Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6:30-7:30pm. FREE, galleries.
FREE. Get an intro to the collection and explore the art through this “write-in”, co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.
PLUS special programming for Parent’s Weekend! We’re open until 10pm. Stop by for a free poster, some live music, and mind-blowing art.
Co-sponsored by the Cantor Student Advisory Board and the Cantor Arts Center.
Guest Artist Talk: Poet, Elizabeth Alexander
Friday, February 20, 2015 from 3-5pm. FREE, Denning Family Resource Center.
Professor Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright, and teacher. She holds degrees from Yale University (B.A., English), Boston University (MFA, English), and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., English). In 2009, she composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She has written six books of poems, two collections of essays, and a play. Her book of poems, American Sublime (2005), was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and was one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year.” Her play, “Diva Studies” (1996) was produced at the Yale School of Drama.
Come hear Elizabeth Alexander speak on the idea of ancestry in African American arts.
Co-sponsored by the Stanford Arts Institute, CSRE, TAPS, Feminist, Gender + Sexuality Studies, American Studies, English, AAAS, Dean of Humanities + Social Sciences.
Thursday Nights at the Anderson! Film screening: Pollock
Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 6-8pm. FREE, Denning Family Resource Center.
On Thursday, January 29 we begin our Thursday Nights at the Anderson series! On the last Thursday of every month, we’ll have free films, performances, music, activities, and MORE! Starting off the series is the screening of the film Pollock at 6:00 pm in the Denning Family Resource Center on January 29th. Don’t miss learning about Jackson Pollock’s fascinating life, rise to fame, and place in the world of mid-century modern and contemporary art. FREE and with popcorn!
Abstract Expressionism Forum
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 1:30-4pm, galleries.
Join us for an afternoon of focused gallery talks at the Anderson Collection, held in conjunction with Professor Pamela M. Lee’s graduate seminar on Abstract Expressionism. Five advanced students from the Department of Art and Art History and Theater and Performance Studies, will discuss the history and artists behind specific works in the Collection. Come for one or all! The talks begins at 1:30 pm in the galleries and continue until 4:00 pm. Free and open to the public with a reception to follow.
1: 30 Lexi Johnson on Franz Kline
2:00 Yinshi Lerman-Tan on Ad Reinhardt
2:30 Henry Rownd on Mark Rothko
3:00 Gigi Otalvaro on Joan Mitchell
3:30 Sydney Simon on Jackson Pollock
Talks take place in the galleries in front of works by the artists. Free and open to the public.
Honoring the Ghosts: Celebrating Veteran’s Day at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Monday, November 10, 2014 from 1-2pm, galleries.
Observe Veteran’s Day with a gallery talk featuring some of the paintings in the Anderson Collection painted by veterans of World War II, including Frank Lobdell, former Stanford Emeritus Professor of Art and Art History. Introduction by Jason Linetzky Director of the Anderson Collection, and gallery talk by Art History doctoral student Sarah Naftalis.
Scene in Action: A Dance and Performance Installation
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 6:30pm. FREE, galleries.
and Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:30pm. FREE, galleries.
Inspired by the abstract expressionist art found in our collection, and the Cantor’s special exhibition Robert Frank in America, “Scene in Action” is the culmination of a summer Stanford Arts Intensive choreographic workshop and performance seminar by the same name. The performance is choreographed by Stanford Dance faculty member Aleta Hayes.
Party on the Edge!
Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 9pm-midnight. FREE, galleries.
Be a Thinker and come to the biggest party of the year for the arts! Cone to see dance performances, films, art, and music from students alongside the 24 museum galleries at the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection. Feast on lots of foos during the festivities. Tap your own creativity by creating a masterpiece yourself! Oh, and it’s all free!
Make sure to bring your SUID for admission, for Stanford students only.
Sound + Vision: Arts Open House Celebrating the Anderson Collection
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 5-8pm. FREE, galleries.
Celebrate the expansion of Stanford’s Arts District with Stanford Live at our Modern Jazz Showcase and open house! Start your evening at the newly opened Anderson Collection at Stanford University, where you’ll view one of the world’s most outstanding assemblies of American modern and contemporary art, while a Stanford student combo plays jazz outside. Afterwards, join a parade led by the Bourbon Kings Brass Band down Museum Way. Finish off the night at a Bing Concert Hall patio party with the Marcus Shelby Quartet. Enjoy the music of Coltrane, Monk, Mingus, and more as you make art and nosh from Off the Grid’s food trucks.