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

…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 these contemporary artists, our visitors can engage with current issues while reflecting on work in the per…


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

…” 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…

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

…ding exclusively for the collection within the expanding arts district, and over the summer the collection moved in. The building is adjacent to Cantor Arts Center and the planned McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History (opening in 2015), and across Palm Drive from Bing Concert Hall. Total cost for construction of the building for the Anderson Collection is $36 million. The addition of this remarkable collection on campus help…

Construction on Anderson Collection art museum begins


Anderson Collection pieces lock in a home at Stanford

…, logically, the art collection paid for by college cafeteria food belongs on a college campus. The deal, struck in 2011, was that Stanford would supply a new building, at a cost of $36 million, to be run independently of the neighboring Cantor Arts Center. The Andersons would supply the art, which has been scattered between Quadrus, their private showroom in Menlo Park, and their home in Atherton, where it has always been rumored that Putter sle…


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

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…


Palette Cleanser: A new campus museum quietly serves up a visual banquet

…the bowed surface. Olcott and his team visited the Andersons’ home as part of the design process. “We were in the dining room, which was filled with fantastic art,” he recalls, “and Hunk said to us, ‘This is a room where you can have a feast without having a meal.’ ” Currently under construction next door is yet another art building, the McMurtry Center, which Diller + Scofidio + Renfro designed with dramatic twisting wings. Bet…


Fashion statements: Nick Cave’s Soundsuits come to Stanford

…s, antique shops and yard sales: buttons, beads and brass fittings, sequins, toys and old, fraying afghans. Each item he finds holds a story — the energetic imprint from every previous owner, which he assembles into his Soundsuits. In that way, it can be said that Soundsuits are formed from memories. The Chicago artist’s creations are part sculpture and ornament, armor and instrument and are often worn as costumes and performed in. Th…


Getting it down on paper: A different aspect of the Anderson Collection on view

…and Mark Rothko. Linetzky said that many of the paper pieces were created earlier than paintings found upstairs in the permanent collection. “These works give visitors a sense of where the artist came from and help to contextualize (i.e,, Guston) or provide a deeper look (i.e., Diebenkorn). In the case of Guston, where else can you find a 30-year cross-section of amazing works to help contextualize the two permanent collection works (dated…


Anderson Collection at Stanford marks fifth anniversary

…really like to see the museum as a place that has vibrancy in terms of both programs and exhibitions and the way in which our visitors are engaging with the collection.” What: Anderson Collection’s anniversary celebration. Where: 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford. When: Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum hours are Wednesday-Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Info: Anderson Col…

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