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Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

…1; Hunk said. “We got 99 students to sign up – $12.50 a week for 18 meals. We opened on Monday night with a prime rib, and we’d hired a chef – well, a real good cook.” Their success at Hobart soon led to contracts with William Smith, and then Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Discovering their passion Hunk and Moo were married in 1950, and their first 15 years together were consumed with the business and parenthood. In…


Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

…nead Architects in Stanford’s arts district opened to the public in 2014. The Anderson family has a long history with Stanford, dating back to their 1960s relationship with the Department of Art and Art History, including Nathan Oliveira, artist and professor; Albert Elsen, art historian and professor; and Wanda Corn, former chair of the department, all of whom were integral resources to the Andersons as they built their collection. In 1975 the A…

How the Stanford Arts District grew from a midair inspiration

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

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


The Magic of The Anderson Collection

…ne for reasons described in this article. Lucifer, the crown jewel of the Anderson Collection, moved to Stanford with a retinue of 120 colorful accomplices he’s befriended while living at the Andersons’ residence. The whole gang is now happily installed in a custom-designed museum on the Stanford campus. With room to spread and a loving staff, they now have the means to receive visitors daily. You should visit. Besides bedazzling art,…


The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience

…the Anderson’s gift of 121 works by 86 artists as 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 K…


Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists

…and the associate director of ITALIC at Stanford, Kim Beil, the micro-video series “Up Close: One Painting Tours with Artists” focuses on a single object in the Anderson Collection, sparking dialogue with a guest artist. This project is made possible by a grant from Stanford Arts and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. Artist Rebekah Goldstein explores Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park #60 Rebekah Goldstein is a San Francisco-based p…


The Cantor and Anderson Collection offer free membership to Class of 2020

The Cantor and Anderson Collection offer free membership to Class of 2020…


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

…is one might compare the Museum of Modern Art under Alfred Barr to its present incarnation, crowded and thronged with attendees but much less powerful of an experience. As a result (and perhaps for tax reasons I don’t know about), we have seen an increase of donor museums in California, from the Broad and Marciano in Los Angeles to the Anderson at Stanford. Each of these museums varies in its ability to provide a meaningful encounter with the art…


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

…nd 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 these contemporary artists, our visitors can engage with current issues while reflecting on work in the permanent collection,” said Jason Linetzky, director of the Anderson Collection. “Formed & Fired gives us an opportunity to present innovative sculptors who ground their work in soci…


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

…nvestigation, begun after an exposé in the Stanford Daily, revealed a toxic work culture at the museum and ended with Dackerman’s resignation in late November. The university has been circumspect about personnel matters, but did issue a press release at the time indicating that a transition team “will work closely with stakeholders from across the campus and community to situate the museum for ongoing success.” Mitchell and Brez…

The Catalogues


Instead of Changing Leaves, Peep Eight Bay Area Art Shows this Fall

…orary California Quilts Oakland Museum of California Sept. 12, 2015 – Feb. 21, 2016 OMCA starts the fall season with the work of five Bay Area female quilters, showing 20 quilts from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. Seeking orderly patterns and demure fabrics in your textiles? This show is not for you. Working with full denim pant legs, velvet and glittery polyester, Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Tompkins and Sherry B…


A&E Digest

…the way the Feminist Art Movement amalgamated free speech, politics and aesthetics to create radical statements with lasting cultural impact. Following the film, Leeson will take part in a panel discussion with Feminist Art Historian and critic Moira Roth, Stanford chair of Theater and Performance Studies Jennifer DeVere Brody and others. For more information about the event, go to anderson.stanford.edu or call 650-721-6055. FASHION FOR A CAUSE…


Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

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…


Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

The Anderson Collection opens to the 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 visito…


New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…uses renewed attention on David Park, a compassionate artist and educator whose inventive spirit and camaraderie with artists forever transformed the landscape of figurative painting in California and beyond. Their gift helps contextualize Park’s practice and expands opportunities for research, teaching and exhibition of the artist’s work in conversation with his contemporaries.” Park gave the portrait to his sitter, Tom Jefferson, as recorded on…