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Current Exhibitions

[Postponed, details forthcoming] Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics

March 13, 2020 - September 28, 2020

  Ceramics have played a fundamental role in the lives of many for centuries, as objects rooted in ritual, utility, and decoration. The medium of clay and the variety of finishing processes allows for infinite, and at times, unexpected expressive forms. This exhibition presents the work of four groundbreaking contemporary artists whose practices provide insight […]


Left of Center

September 20, 2019 - Ongoing

From the beginning, a sense of place and a meaningful connection to the American West—or, “Left Coast”—have been prominent themes in the Anderson’s collecting practice. Left of Center: Five Years of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University celebrates the fifth anniversary of the museum and demonstrates the distinct relationship between artists in the collection and […]


Jim Campbell

September 5, 2019 - August 3, 2020

Contemporary artist Jim Campbell uses technology to filter images of daily life, mediating the audience’s encounter with his subjects and amplifying the flow of time and memory. While many of Campbell’s public projects have been physically sweeping in scale, such as Day for Night (2018) atop the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, this exhibition focuses […]


Past Lectures

February 6, 2019

[VIDEO] Roberta Smith and Jason Andrew

The Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture: Critic Roberta Smith and Curator Jason Andrew in conversation on Elizabeth Murray with an Eye on Art Today.

April 23, 2018

[VIDEO] Judy Chicago

The Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture: The artist in conversation with Marci Kwon, Assistant Professor of Art History.

March 9, 2017

[VIDEO] Nick Cave

The Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture: Artist Nick Cave in conversation with Harry Elam, Senior Vice Provost for Education and Vice President for the Arts, Stanford University.

March 10, 2016

[VIDEO] Robert Irwin: Why Art?

The Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture

May 12, 2015

[VIDEO] Wayne Thiebaud: Painted Worlds

The Inaugural Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture

Upcoming Programs

April 12, 2020

[CANCELED] Second Sunday

at 11am-4pm, FREE
Please note that the Second Sunday event on April 12 has been canceled.

April 18, 2020

[CANCELED] Left of Center: Student Curator Talks

at 1:30pm, Left of Center exhibit galleries, FREE
Gallery talks with graduate students from Stanford Department of Art & Art History

April 30, 2020

[CANCELED] Film: Lifeline / Clyfford Still

at 6:00PM, FREE, Limited seating
A new documentary of a modern icon, his uncompromising creative journey and the price of independence

May 10, 2020

[CANCELED] Second Sunday

at 11am-4pm, FREE
Second Sunday is for everyone!

May 16, 2020

Left of Center: Student Curator Talks

at 1:30pm, Left of Center exhibit galleries, FREE
Gallery talks with graduate students from Stanford Department of Art & Art History