Wisch Family Gallery

February 28, 2019 - July 29, 2019


Standardized Patient, 2017 on view February 28 – May 6, 2019

Exquisite Corpse, 2016 on view May 16 – July 29, 2019


The Anderson Collection will be presenting two films by Los Angeles–based visual artist Kerry Tribe. The first, Standardized Patient (2017), on view from February 28 through May 6, explores issues of performance, communication, and empathy by investigating the interactions of standardized patients, or “SPs”—professional actors playing the roles of patients—and medical school doctors-in-training. The video was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and informed by close collaboration with the Standardized Patient Program at Stanford University Medical School.



The second video installation, Exquisite Corpse (2016), on view from May 16 through July 29, traces the fifty-one-mile Los Angeles River from its origin in the San Fernando Valley to its terminus at the Pacific Ocean, over the course of fifty-one minutes. Throughout the journey, Tribe presents glimpses into the flora, fauna, communities, and neighborhoods intersected and impacted by the ever-changing river.



Together, these works—considered by Tribe as “documentary adjacent”—highlight Tribe’s ongoing inquiry into life sciences and medicine, memory, language, and consciousness.

During her time on campus through the Presidential Residency on the Future of the Arts and Stanford Arts Institute, Tribe will teach two courses: one during winter quarter, titled Art in the Age of Neuroscience, and the other during spring quarter, titled Practice and Critique. Tribe’s films and installations have been exhibited widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, and most recently, SFMOMA, where her work was the subject of a solo exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. We gratefully acknowledge support from Museum Members and the Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Charitable Foundation.

A related panel discussion took place on March 7, 2019. 


A concurrent exhibition is on view at the Cantor Arts Center, February 23 through July 7, 2019.