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

Showcases for Art in Silicon Valley At Stanford University, an Arts District Grows By JORI FINKEL NOV. 13, 2014 PALO ALTO, Calif. — The birthplace of Yahoo and Google, Stanford University is now ramping up and showing off its cultural resources. Construction of a $235 million arts district near Palm Drive, the grand tree-lined campus entrance, is well underway here. Last year, the $112 million Bing Concert Hall opened. This year came th…


Creations of Space and Light

By Anna Koster For The Daily News Pushing boundaries has been the life work of Robert Irwin. His six-decade exploration of perception as the fundamental issue of art has expanded ideas of what art can be and can do. Irwin will speak about his work on March 10 at Stanford’s Cemex Auditorium. Irwin, born in 1928, in Long Beach, started as a painter in the 1950s with an abstract expressionist style, but quickly began removing all that was not…


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

…strengthen communication and collaboration across the museum.” 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 offer…


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

Tom Teicholz Contributor Arts I write about culture and the cult of luxury On a recent trip to San Francisco, I decided to make a short detour to the Anderson Collection at Stanford University (easily reachable by public transport from San Francisco or from the airport) – it is very much worth the trip. The Anderson Collection is very much focused on American Art of the 20thCentury in general, with a specific concentration on West Coast…


Senate visits the arts district to discuss the humanities

…nd a place to engage physically and emotionally with its paintings and sculptures. “They moved through the space and they really made this space something that I had hoped it could be, but wasn’t sure how it would be,” he said. Linetzky encouraged faculty members to think about ways to collaborate with the Anderson Collection and create new programs. The full minutes of the Feb. 5 meeting will be available on the Faculty Senate…

Newsmaker Interview: Ennead’s Richard Olcott Designs a New Museum for Stanford University


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

…historical information, but, for the most part, viewers are encouraged to just use their eyes. One can move from space to space, weaving in and around the open hallways which were designed to mimic the campus’s traditional pedestrian arcade, or sit on one of the strategically-placed benches and engage with just one work of art. There is plenty of room for each and every object, and diffused natural lighting illuminates without being jarring…


Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson didn’t know much about art – they’d dabbled in antiques – before they first visited Paris in 1964 and made their way into the Louvre. “We became so enamored with the visual experience that on the way home, we looked at each other and said, ‘How could all this have been going on and we not have been a part of it?’ ” said Harry “Hunk” Anderson. The muse…


Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

Art collector and Stanford donor Harry “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95 The longtime friend of the university welcomed Stanford graduate students to study the art in his home and office, and then he and his family made the collection accessible to the world through a transformative gift. BY ROBIN WANDER Stanford neighbor, friend and philanthropist Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson died on Feb. 7 at his Bay Area Peninsula home surrounded by his family….


Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists

A project of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University Hosted by art historian 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 explor…


Manuel Neri: Assertion of the Figure

The Catalogues


Anderson Collection a modern art trove not to be missed

…erican art. “Some of the works that we have are on par with the objects at other great museums, but the intimacy here is fairly unique,” he says. Anh-Minh Le is a Portola Valley freelancer. E-mail: travel@sfchronicle.com Museum highlights Jason Linetzky, the Anderson Collection’s founding director, recommends allotting about 90 minutes for a visit. Here are just a handful of the museum’s highlights: “Jackson Pollock’s ‘Lucifer’ is something that…


Reaching Towards Warmer Suns


The Magic of The Anderson Collection

…o offer a more casual experience, one which reflects the way the Anderson family lived with these works at home. Here visitors have the opportunity to wander wherever their eyes pull them”. One also notes the absence of doors and closed rooms. It is one big gallery space fragmented by floating walls, creating a multitude of interconnected alcoves. The west end of the gallery where the Rothko and Pollock resides is a must see. Watching those…

Construction on Anderson Collection art museum begins

Stanford art museums, Frost Amphitheater begin to reopen


Anderson Collection at Stanford marks fifth anniversary

The museum, located in the arts district on the Stanford campus, celebrates with three new exhibitions and an open house by Sheryl Nonnenberg / Palo Alto Weekly Artist Jim Campbell’s LED-based pieces often use a grid format with blinking lights or blurred black-and-white film backgrounds. Photo by Betty Noguchi/Anderson Collection. The Anderson Collection at Stanford will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 21, with a ga…

Stanford trustees visit new art collection, approve construction


Full House

Full House What does a family with one of the most spectacular private collections of postwar American art do when they run out of space? Give some of it away. June 12, 2014 9:30 AM | by Pilar Viladas There are people who live with art, and then there are Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson. Better known as Hunk and Moo, the Andersons, who are 91 and 87, respectively, share their comfortable, unpretentious ranch house in Atherton, California,…