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

…bers 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 four decades of teaching. Homage to the Square: Diffused is one of h…

The Catalogues

…s fifth anniversary and the first fully student-curated exhibition of the same name. The catalogue showcases the intellectual curiosity and discovery of a group of PhD candidates and students in Stanford’s Department of Art and Art History who curated the exhibition and authored the essays, revealing to readers their reflections on and conversations about the artists and works that they personally selected for Left of Center. This is the in…

Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

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

…” Hunk said, characteristically declining to talk figures, but they never regretted the extravagance. Hunk and Moo’s only child, Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, 54, who goes by the nickname “Putter,” has become her parents’ most important collaborator in collecting. She grew up with “Lucifer” hanging over her bed. “One of the great things that’s happened to us as collectors is that this has been…

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)

…rby. Subjectively, as affirmed by the illusion of Still’s painting changing proportions and accessibility, artworks respond to all sorts of cultural echoes and other influences that we can seldom pinpoint easily. The Still at the top of the stairs prepares us to notice throughout the Anderson Collection fluctuating impressions made by artworks that initially seem foursquare and fully defined. Such an experience of art’s mutability is…

‘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

…ture collection, for example), there have been some significant changes at both museums since they last welcomed in-person visitors. In addition to current health policies such as mask mandates, timed tickets and social distancing rules, perhaps the most notable difference can be found at the Cantor, which is now being led by two interim directors, Elizabeth Mitchell and Maude Brezinski. Mitchell, who is the curator of prints, drawings and photog…

Stanford art museums, Frost Amphitheater begin to reopen

03/24/21|Stanford Report

…enues beginning April 1. (As details regarding attendance opportunities for broader audiences beyond the friends and family of participating student-athletes and coaches become available, they will be posted at GoStanford.com/HealthAlerts and through the Stanford Athletics social media channels.) “Our community has faced isolation and loss during the pandemic and we know people are looking for opportunities for engagement,” said Matthew Tiews, in…

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

…ot building, which was completed in May (the last four months have been spent delivering and installing the art) and constitutes another glittering jewel in the crown of the burgeoning campus arts district.  From private to public The museum houses 121 works of art by 86 artists, a gift to the university from the Andersons (affectionately known as Hunk and Moo) and their daughter, Mary Patricia Anderson Pence. The history of their collecting is b…

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

06/18/20|Anderson Collection at Stanford University

…tion for discourse around modern and contemporary art by raising voices that offer diverse lenses on its history and how our collection can play a role in understanding the course of American art,” said Jason Linetzky, director of the Anderson Collection. “As a painter, Eamon Ore-Giron combines architectural shapes—circles, triangles, arches, rectangles—in bold colors and interlocking compositions. His approach is also one of intersections: acros…

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

09/17/14 |Press Release, Stanford Report

…ican art. The collection is a gift from Harry W. “Hunk” and Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson and their daughter, Mary Patricia “Putter” Anderson Pence, the Bay Area family who collected the art for nearly 50 years.The Anderson Collection at Stanford University contains 121 works by 86 artists ranging
from Willem de Kooning to Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock to Wayne Thiebaud. The collection is anchored in the work o…

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

…f 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 now calls “the saints” of American art: the creators of Abstract Expressionism in the years after Wo…

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

11/06/13|KQED

…tion, 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 works by Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, Richard Diebenkorn and Philip Guston. The collection will be housed in a new museum, now under construction, and due to open next fall. “The front door of Stanford’s campus is the a…