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Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

…, 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.stanford.edu, walk-up tickets will also be a…


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

From ancient pottery and medicinal clay to 3D-printed joints and pajamas that restore athletes’ muscles, the use of ceramics for objects rooted in decoration, ritual and utility is as old as it is expansive. The practices of four living artists whose exploration of the medium provides commentary on its past and insight for the future are presented in Formed & Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics at the Anderson Collection at Stanford Univer…

The Catalogues


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

…art is monumental and not all monumental art is truly impactful,Public Works focuses on temporary interventions online and in the urban environment. The list of participating artists — too lengthy to mention here — is an impressive one, including off-site commissions by Constance Hockaday and Jenifer K. Wofford. The exhibition spans media and generations, documenting the important projects that occupy space in the world, merging politics and soc…


New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…Tom Jefferson, as recorded on the back of the canvas by Jefferson: “Berkeley, Calif. This painting was given to me in the spring of 1957 by the artist David Park. The model is me – I worked for Park as a model during 1956 & 1957. J. Thomas Jefferson.” The painting passed through several different hands, was included in a Park retrospective exhibition organized by the Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California, that traveled to the…


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

…aised 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 with staff “to understand what tools and information they need to be successful in their work, and we use that feedback to strengthen communication and collaboration across the museum.” Neither would comment on the status of the search…


Stanford Opens a Museum Highlighting American Art

Collectors Harry “Hunk” and Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson made their fortune from Mr. Anderson’s Saga Foods, supplying food to universities and other institutions. But these days, they’re providing Stanford University with a lot more than lunch. Last weekend, Stanford unveiled a 33,500-square-foot building to house the Anderson Collection, 121 contemporary artworks donated by the Andersons, including major artw…


Stanford University to receive Anderson Collection of 20th-century American art

Stanford University will become home to the core of the Anderson Collection, one of the most outstanding private collections of 20th-century American art in the world, which is being donated to the university by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, the Bay Area family who built the collection over nearly 50 years. Harry W. Anderson, left, Mary Patricia Anderson Pence and Mary Margaret Anderson stand between two…


Anderson Collection has a new home

…n’t so much reside as rule. The multi-part, multi-media aluminum construction, consisting of nine separate components with cut-outs and painted squiggles, is virtually three-dimensional, and made by someone who must have been on drugs at the time, or high by other means. Painting dominates, but there are several compelling sculptures like Nancy Graves’ “Telestitch” (1988), a delicate, playful iron-and-bronze sculpture with…


Stanford Builds Arts District With $36 Million Postwar Museum

…ng is the second of three projects to create an arts district around its flagship museum, the Cantor Center. The nearby $112 million Bing Concert Hall opened in 2013, and next year will see the completion of the $85 million McMurtry Building to house the Art and Art History Department, whose programs have been scattered across the campus near Palo Alto. The Anderson Collection opens as Stanford begins a policy in which every undergraduate “must t…


The Collection of a Lifetime

…new it took only a phone call to Hunk’s office to arrange a tour of the Anderson home for our classes. For me, the ideal scheduling of this tour took place near the end of the course, when students had done enough reading and writing to appreciate the breadth and uncommon beauty of the collection. On these visits, Hunk customarily was in attendance, asking questions of the students. I would always tell them in advance to make good use of th…


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

…tastic 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. Between that piquant project and the heavy Greek Revival meal next door, the comparatively neutral Anderson Collection will undoubtedly serve as a palate cleanse…

Anderson Collection at Stanford to open September 21


The Anderson Collection: Top 5 pieces

…ional works to depictions of purely abstract forms — in other words, from accurate depictions of real objects to compositions based entirely on geometric shapes and patterns. In this piece, Diebenkorn plays with composition, lines and color. The artist is known for decomposing scenes from life into conglomerates of lines and shapes, as he does in “Ocean Park #60.” Diebenkorn uses a subdued, cool color palette, alluding to the ocean, though he add…


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

The donation by the late Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson comes as the museum commemorates its fifth anniversary and launches a new fundraising effort. BY BETH GIUDICESSI To mark its fifth anniversary, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University was gifted two major works of art, Jackson Pollock’s 1944 Totem Lesson 1 and Willem de Kooning’s c. 1949 Gansevoort Street, by its eponymous supporter Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson. Anderson donate…

Sam Francis Centennial


Showcases for Art in Silicon Valley: At Stanford University, an Arts District Grows

…on renovation of Roble Gym into an “art gym” will add rehearsal and performance space. Before the Bing, students complained about the bad acoustics of an auditorium serving as an ad hoc concert hall. Mr. Hennessy’s initiative raised nearly $160 million from donors for new buildings. The university contributed roughly another $100 million, he said, primarily from discretionary presidential funds and Google patent revenue streams. Mr. Hennessy also…


Works by Pollock, de Kooning donated to Stanford’s Anderson Collection

…Anderson Collection. “They were really the leaders of the Abstract Expressionists in New York.” The announcement comes less than a week after the death of Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson, who has been the main benefactor of the collection since the death of her husband, Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson, in February 2018. Moo Anderson had committed the gifts months ago, in honor of the fifth anniversary of the Anderson Collection. She had been scheduled to a…

Stanford art museums, Frost Amphitheater begin to reopen