Presidential Residency on the Future of the Arts 2020-2021

Presidential Residency on the Future of the Arts 2020-2021 In the Stanford tradition of providing a home for art and artists who advance dialogue on contemporary issues, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts host visual artist Eamon Ore-Giron for the 2020-2021 Presidential Residency on the Future of the Arts. Image: Ore-Giron, Eamon. Infinite Regress LXXIV, 2019. Flashe on linen. 96 x 163 …


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…

Four Women

David Park, 1959, oil on canvas, 57 x 75 3/8 in.
Four Women, 1959

In the 1950s, a small group of artists in San Francisco took a surprising turn away from Abstract Expressionism, which dominated progressive art in New York and California, by reintroducing recognizable subject matter into their painting…David Park, who was teaching at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Arts Institute), initiated this embrace of the figure in 1950. His Four  Women (1959) demonstrates how he adapted t…

black painting

Mary Weatherford, 2017, Flashe and neon on linen., 117 x 104 x 4 1/2 in.
black painting, 2017

Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

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

…canvas of fluttering red lozenge shapes; a stately black-on-black square canvas by Ad Reinhardt; and a sculpture in silver, an abstracted clock face, by David Smith. ‘The pick of the litter’ The rapacity of top-tier collectors in the present gilded age effectively makes the market value of the Anderson Collection incalculable. But “for us, it’s not about how much, but how good,” Hunk said of the family’s acquis…


Mark Tobey, 1953, casein on board on masonite, 44 3/8 x 28 1/2 in.
Window, 1953

…his work at a geographic and philosophical remove. In the paintings he made after converting to the Baha’i faith in 1918, Tobey sought to convey the sense of unity preached by his religion. He explained, “I’ve tried to decentralize and interpenetrate so that all parts of a painting are of related value. Perhaps I’ve hoped even to penetrate perspective and bring the far near.” Tobey was based for much of his career in Seattle, what he thought of a…

Sky Garden

Louise Nevelson, 1959-1964, enamel on wood, 99 5/8 x 61 x 17 1/2 in.
Sky Garden, 1959-1964

…lpture reveals wooden table legs, banisters, and jagged planks. Nevelson began making these wooden constructions in the 1950s after relocating to New York City and taking classes at the Art Students League. These large-scale sculptures sometimes approach a monumental scale, like Sky Garden, or grow into environments, taking over full rooms. Nevelson spent much of her career in New York City, but she shares a sense of isolation with the artists in…

The Tale

Philip Guston, 1961, oil on canvas, 68 1/4 x 72 in.
The Tale, 1961

In 1919, Philip Guston moved from Montreal to Los Angeles with his family. A high school classmate of Jackson Pollock, Guston trained for a year at the Otis Art Institute before moving to New York to pursue abstract painting. Like Pollock, Guston was interested in the expressivity of paint, albeit with a much different effect. In The Tale, thick oil paint is layered to form a dense, patchwork-like composition that culminates near the center of t…

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

12/11/20|Stanford News

…erson 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 sharing the work and voices of the…

The Museum of Hunk, Moo & Putter: The Anderson Collection at Stanford will Rock You

12/28/18|Forbes Magazine

…bility to provide a meaningful encounter with the art it presents. Which is why The Anderson as successful it is in the experience it provides is worth a visit. In the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, one still has the opportunity to commune with Hunk, Moo and Putter’s treasures and see, taste and feel how Art rocks your brain. I am an award-winning journalist and producer who has created print, video and online media content for In…

How the Stanford Arts District grew from a midair inspiration

05/13/14|SFGate, Sam Whiting (reprinted with permission from the San Francisco Chronicle)

…nd shiny siding won’t clash with the Romanesque sandstone of the Main Quad. Designed by Ennead Architects, in the ranch-house style of the Anderson home in Atherton, the Anderson Collection is its own entity with its own director and team of curators, separate from Cantor. The McMurtry Building, at 96,000 square feet on four levels, will be three times the size of Anderson and cost more than twice as much, $85 million. The design is angular…

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

06/18/20|Anderson Collection at Stanford University

…faculty and the community over the course of the fall, winter and spring quarters. The residency will culminate in an exhibition of Ore-Giron’s work in spring 2021, giving new context to objects already on view at the Anderson Collection. Ore-Giron will lead a virtual panel discussion in October 22, exploring how the work of artists of color is framed in institutional settings and will organize a two-part curated film series with the first sessi…

Free Museums’ Membership for the Class of 2020!

06/02/20|Stanford Art Museums

The Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University miss seeing you. We are eager to welcome you back to campus, share art and connect over ideas. Now through August 31, 2020, we are offering all Stanford graduates in the class of 2020 one year of free Ambassador membership ($100 value*) to both museums. Each membership covers up to two adults and children within a single household. To get your FREE membership, fill out t…

On Elite Campuses, an Arts Race

11/13/14|The New York Times

…ble reasons,” Mr. Lentz said. Campus museums and arts centers, offering performances and public exhibitions, are intended in part to help schools mend strains with their communities while appealing to students who “expect an advanced university to have an art museum as part of what they offer, especially in a world where the visual is so foregrounded,” Mr. Lentz added. But the seeming boom also comes at a time of unprecedented criticism of how co…


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 at Stanford marks fifth anniversary

09/19/19|Palo Alto Weekly

…llock, Mark Rothko, Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn. The challenge to this and other single-donor museums, however, is how to keep the momentum going once visitors have seen the permanent collection. “The collection is not fixed to the initial gift (121 pieces). It has grown, and our hope is that, in a very thoughtful way, the collection will continue to grow,” Executive Director Jason Linetzky said. “We are always trying…

The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience

09/24/14|Huffington Post

…a “gift for the generations” and also noted with great pride that the Anderson would play a key role in the remarkable and ongoing “Stanford Arts Initiative.” If you think Stanford is just a tech-incubator with a football stadium, think again: the opening of the Anderson makes the Stanford campus a genuine arts destination. “Overnight,” says Christopher Knight of the LA Times, “the Anderson Collection cat…

Hot Art Bling the New Thing on the Peninsula

04/27/16|KQED Arts

…Donovan. Then came a blockbuster by a Japanese group called teamlab, which makes ancient Japanese art come alive in floor-to-ceiling digital animations.   From her vantage point to the south, Kimball looked on with some envy as Pace drew in 45,000 people in less than three months. “That teamlab animation is something to marvel at,” Kimball says. “It’s immersive. It’s so animated. There’s so much to look at.” Kimball insists she’s not really…

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…