Our Reopening Guidelines

Our Reopening Guidelines  Know before You Go The Anderson Collection is closed for building maintenance, but you can visit our friends and next-door neighbors at the Cantor. The information below and our FAQ document will still apply when we reopen in the fall. For further questions, please contact us at 650-721-6055 or at anderson-visitor-services@stanford.edu. A free, timed-ticket reservation is required in advance of your visit. A mask…

Barrier

Vija Celmins, 1985-1986, oil and wax on linen, 70 x 72 in.
Barrier, 1985-1986

  Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists Barrier Hosted by art historian and the associate director of ITALIC at Stanford, Kim Beil, the micro-video series focuses on a single object in the Anderson Collection, sparking dialogue with a guest artist. Kim spoke with artist Davina Semo about Vija Celmins’ Barrier. Explore the Up Close Series   “The images are not from observations of nature, but are ’found images’ fr…

Standing Figure II

Manuel Neri, 1982, pigment on plaster, 69 1/4 x 17 7/8 x 19 1/2 in.
Standing Figure II, 1982

This life-size plaster figure was modeled after Neri’s long-time muse and model, the poet Mary Julia Klimenko, who became his principal model in 1972. It is not a portrait but a figure—one of hundreds Neri has made in plaster over the course of his seven-decade-long career. Plaster is the medium for which he is best known. Affordable and readily available, it can be worked quickly and easily—molded when wet and carved when dry. Every inch of the…

Homage to the Square: Diffused

Josef Albers, 1969, oil on masonite panel, 48 x 48 in.
Homage to the Square: Diffused, 1969

Together with his wife, the textile artist Anni Albers, Josef Albers immigrated to the United States in 1933 to escape the Nazi regime. Having been an instructor at the Bauhaus in Germany, Albers became a renowned teacher in his adopted home, first at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and later at Yale University. In 1964 he published the influential text Interaction of Color, a handbook based on the color course he had developed over fou…

The Catalogues

…Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford’s Department of Art & Art History, and essays by noted scholar Bruce Nixon which all illustrate Neri’s lifelong involvement with the most creative traditions to capture the modern age—in all its contradictions, vulnerabilities, and possibilities—in the enduring mirror of the human body. Available for purchase at the museum: $40 non-members, $32 members. To order online …

Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

09/09/14|SF Gate, Kenneth Baker (reprinted with permission from the San Francisco Chronicle)

…oo, 87, have always approached collecting art as a team. “We’ve all read the same books, we’ve all looked at the same pictures, ” Moo said, “and that’s how you get to see things the same way. Hunk and I have never asked one another to give up and say, ‘I’m going to buy it whether you like it or not.’ There’s too much good art to be had to argue about something that one of us doesn’…

Visit

Temporary Summer Closure May 3, 2021 – Fall 2021 Please note: The Anderson Collection is closed for building maintenance and will reopen in the Fall. You can continue to enjoy great art online at Museums From Home and by visiting our friends and next-door neighbors at the Cantor. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you again soon! Museum Reopening Hours Monday-Sunday: The museum is closed for building mainte…

Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

09/19/14|The Stanford Daily

…public at its new Stanford University home this Sunday, Sept. 21, in a freestanding pavilion next to the Cantor Arts Center in the University’s growing arts district. Members of the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection can also attend a special preview of the museum on Sept. 20. Opening day festivities will include food trucks, music, activities and digital tours. Admission is free, and while visitors can reserve timed tickets online a…

Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

09/20/14|SF Gate, Kenneth Baker (reprinted with permission from the San Francisco Chronicle)

When the Anderson Collection at Stanford University opens to the public this Sunday, visitors will be rewarded with a breathtaking introduction to one of the world’s most important private collections. The long-anticipated institution, adjacent to the Cantor Arts Center, features a formidable cache of modern and contemporary art and certifies the Bay Area’s growing international stature as a destination for lovers and scholars of 20t…

‘Formed & Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics’ at the Anderson Collection breaks the mold

12/11/20|Stanford News

…porary American Ceramics at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. An exhibition of ceramics highlights artists who are reshaping ceramics in concept and craftsmanship. The exhibition – which features 11 works by Kathy Butterly, Kahlil Robert Irving, Simone Leigh and Brie Ruais – was postponed from spring 2020 and will be on view upon the museum’s reopening, hopefully in early 2021. A virtual tour of the show is available online now. “By…

A new start for art at Stanford: Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection reopen

04/22/21|Palo Alto Online

…” Neither would comment on the status of the search for a permanent new museum director but Matthew Tiews, interim senior associate vice president for the arts, said the university “will launch a search for the next director of the Cantor Arts Center in the next few months.” During the closure, the museums made considerable efforts to remain relevant via virtual offerings, including online exhibitions, tours and lectures. Jason…

Stanford art museums, Frost Amphitheater begin to reopen

03/24/21|Stanford Report

Recent changes in state and county COVID guidelines are allowing Stanford to begin gradually reopening access to arts and athletics venues next month. Outdoor spaces on the main campus that are part of the Arts and Athletics Zones will also reopen to the public April 12. The Anderson Collection and the Cantor Arts Center will open at 25% capacity in spring 2021. (Image credit: Andrew Brodhead) Among the changes: After first opening to the ca…

Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

02/08/18|Anderson Collection at Stanford University

…amily’s remarkable collection go to a place that would curate it in perpetuity, so that it could be used, shared and seen, reflected his philosophy that art can and should inspire all of us. All of us at Stanford will always have the deepest affection for Hunk as a generous, big-hearted man.” To date, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University has been seen by nearly 250,000 visitors. Every work in the museum is viewable online and the collec…

Star Quality: A Portrait of the Anderson Collection

09/01/14|art ltd.

…ndeavor was to collect in depth. They purchased multiple works by a single artist, and in addition to paintings, acquired works on paper—prints and drawings, and sometimes, preparatory sketches. An early Matthew Ritchie accordion sketchbook prefigures ideas that appear in  Three of a Kind  (1996), and  Jackpot  (1998) in the collection. A recent purchase of a Julie Mehretu painting,  Aerial , (2006), is accompanied by a series of prints that are…

Stanford unveils the Anderson Collection: New museum dedicated to renowned works of American art

09/19/14|Palo Alto Online

by Sheryl Nonnenberg / Palo Alto Weekly “How did they fit all this art in their house?” That was the question of the day at the media preview for Stanford’s new Anderson Collection, which opens to the public with a grand celebration this Sunday, September 21. Being surrounded by museum-quality works by artists including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Richard Diebenkorn was a way of life for collectors Harry W. and Mary Marga…

Eamon Ore-Giron Named to Presidential Residency at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University

06/18/20|Anderson Collection at Stanford University

Celebrated abstract painter explores the visual possibilities of cross-cultural aesthetics and expression through large-scale geometric works June 18, 2020 STANFORD, CA–In the Stanford tradition of providing a home for art and artists who advance dialogue on contemporary issues, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University will welcome visual artist Eamon Ore-Giron to campus for the 2020-2021 Presidential Residency on the Future of the Arts. “…

A private art collection becomes a Stanford collection on Sunday, Sept. 21

09/17/14 |Press Release, Stanford Report

…riencing the collection at the Andersons’ home. The pedestrian approach to the Anderson Collection follows a path under heritage trees and moves under the floating volume of the galleries, a modern version of the outdoor colonnades that are typical of the Stanford campus. The ground floor contains the entry, library archive room, offices and a single gallery for temporary exhibitions. Floating above the lower floor, the entire upper level i…

REPORT: Stanford

01/24/14|art ltd.

With the Detroit Institute of Art foundering, and sister institutions barely afloat, the institution of the public art museum as community center appears endangered, eclipsed by commercial art fairs on the one hand and somewhat generic art museums, showing the art world’s usual big-name suspects, on the other. Smaller museums target specific audiences, sometimes to the detriment of aesthetic quality, which is seen by some as old-fashioned…

Review: Anderson Collection of 20th-century art opens Sept. 21

09/18/14|Contra Costa Times

Fifty years ago, Harry and Mary Margaret Anderson visited Paris and discovered a shared passion for the art of the French Impressionists. He was one of the founders of Saga food services, and when they returned to the Bay Area they could afford to begin collecting art by Renoir and Monet.   But they couldn’t buy paintings the way museums could. So they put aside the 19th century Frenchmen and turned to the painters Harry Anderson no…

Elite Collection of Modern Masters to Anchor Stanford’s Growing ‘Arts District’

11/06/13|KQED

I got a preview Tuesday of a coming arts district and curriculum at Stanford University and the truly drool-worthy collection of modern art that will help anchor it. Jason Linetzky, director of Stanford’s Anderson Collection, led a small group of journalists around the collection at an office complex just off Sand Hill Road. Harry Anderson and his wife Mary are donating 121 paintings and drawings plus a small art library to Stanford, including w…