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The Do List: Cy and David’s Picks

…e giant, glittery sock pockets decorated with beads, buttons, sequins, and human hair. Sometimes he puts dancers in the suits (Cave trained with Alvin Ailey) and calls it performance art. Whatever  you call it, it’s very cool stuff and very worth a visit to Stanford. Both the Anderson Collection and the Cantor are always free, so it’s one of our Cheap Thrills this week.   Sept 16 & 17: Angelica’s in Redwood City is a kind of throwback, a…

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Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

…efully, this gift makes a great university greater, and the world a grain of salt better.” “Hunk Anderson had an infectious enthusiasm and passion for art, and for sharing art to benefit society broadly,” said Stanford President Emeritus John Hennessy. “He just lit up whenever he described what each work meant, and how it inspired creativity. It was this shared passion that bonded us, as we met through our mutual interest in visual arts. Hunk’s i…

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Anderson Collection at Stanford University announces the acquisition of two major works by Pollock, de Kooning

…Taken together, they provide an opportunity for visitors to see examples from both artists across major moments in their careers. Willem de Kooning, Gansevoort Street, c. 1949, oil on cardboard, 30 x 40 in. Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Gift of Mary Margaret Anderson (Image credit: © 2019 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York) “Pollock’s Totem Lesson 1 provides a look at the artist in transiti…

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How to find love at the Anderson Collection

…on to give Pollock’s painting new “drips.” This privilege — to learn and live among masterpieces — is yours now. In 2011, the Anderson family decided to give its collection to Stanford, and last week, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University opened its doors for the first time. The Andersons didn’t know much about art at first, but they suffered something of a coup de foudre at the Louvre in 1964. Since then, Hunk, Moo and Putter have devot…

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A Dorm-Food Fortune Has Funded the Best New Museum in Silicon Valley

…erly Hills or Greenwich, but that may be changing.) I remember being fascinated by the way the collection, which includes pretty much all the brand names of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, felt almost wedged into the house, with masterpieces seemingly elbow to elbow in big rooms, and large canvases lining the hallways. As a teenager, Putter had a Pollock drip painting in her bedroom; any slumber-party guests must have been very careful with their Cokes an…

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

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

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The Magic of The Anderson Collection

…at Stanford University and is welcoming visitors. The news is of significance to everyone 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…

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New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…m. “The addition of this work focuses 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 sitt…

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

…um, noted, “These experiences have helped me thoroughly understand the challenges faced by the museum team in their daily work, and areas in which staff want the museum to grow and flourish.” And how do they plan to address the issues raised last summer? “We are working closely with the staff with goals of transparency, empowerment and open communications,” according to Brezinski. For Mitchell, that means talking regularly…

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A&E Digest

…County Schools, and were nominated by their classroom teachers based on their talent, hard work and demonstrated interest in art. The stduetns will be invited to take part in CSMA art programs. Those interested in learning more can go to arts4all.org or call 650-917-6800. FEMINIST ART ON FILM … On Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m., the Anderson Collection at Stanford University will host a free screening of filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson’s…

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Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

…n of the Andersons’ art library, and nonpublic office and storage spaces. Having hosted a graduate student internship in art history for many years, the Andersons were keenly aware of their new project’s value as a teaching museum. So if – as is likely – the Anderson Collection at Stanford does occasion endless debate among students, teachers and other companionable visitors, everyone will be well served. Another occurs in…

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Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

…ts 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 at anderson.s…

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Stanford Gets “Left of Center”

…her mother’s death. She transports the complications of grief onto the canvas. She bends the body and its internal torment further even than Francis Bacon, until the physical self dissolves into unrecognizable curves and angles. “Left of Center” doesn’t feel stale and dated. Abstract work like this just makes the past seem more alive than the present. Left of Center Thru Sep 2020, Free Anderson Collection, Stanford Unive…

Presidential Residency on the Future of the Arts 2020-2021

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Forms That Don’t Yet Exist: Kiyan Williams Interviewed by Louis Bury

…e world. That resonated with me in terms of remaking norms around gender identity. My earliest performances were interventions in public spaces. Those performances gave me a language to describe experiences in my personal life. LB A language in the sense of a performance-studies vocabulary or a language in the sense of choreographic movements? KW Both. Performance studies gave me a vocabulary to understand how power, history, and social norms are…

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Anderson Collection at Stanford marks fifth anniversary

…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…

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Anderson Collection pieces lock in a home at Stanford

…in New York, where he co-founded a company to manage the school’s cafeteria. He then came West to establish Saga in Menlo Park, a national company distributing dorm food to college campuses across the United States. Museums far and wide courted the Andersons, but, 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 m…

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

…s museum quietly serves up a visual banquet. By Lydia Lee It’s tempting for designers to try to turn art museums into works of art themselves. But what if the client’s directive is just the opposite? A new campus museum in the Bay Area by the New York–based firm Ennead Architects may disappoint those hoping for a bigger architectural statement. However, as designed to house the 121 works of the Anderson Collection, a choice selection of postwar A…