Current Exhibitions

Spotlight on Elizabeth Murray

September 27, 2018 - March 25, 2019

Elizabeth Murray, This Pair, 1987   Elizabeth Murray’s (1940-2007) work expands the definition of painting and challenges its conventions. This installation in the second floor galleries focuses on large-scale shaped, multipart canvases and related works on paper composed of dynamic forms in striking color, both from within and outside of the museum’s collection.


Studio 2: Inspired by Process

September 22, 2018 - December 14, 2018

Studio 2 is a portable art studio constructed with salvaged materials at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve in September 2015. The studio was built by Stanford students in David Szlasa’s Arts Intensive course, “Tiny Eco Houses for Artists: Social Practice, Design/Build.” This fall the Anderson Collection at Stanford University presents Inspired by Process, a Studio 2 […]


Salon Style II

September 20, 2018 - February 18, 2019

Jess, The 5th Never of Old Lear, 1974, paper collage (paste up), 33 ⅛ x 27 15/16 in. Collection of  Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson. © 2018 The Jess Collins Trust   The unique works on paper found within Salon Style provide an increasingly rich and diverse view of the artists represented in the Anderson Collection […]


Another Look at the Permanent Collection

September 9, 2015 - Ongoing

The museum presents a refresh of the inaugural Anderson Collection installation by showcasing a broader spectrum of the Anderson family’s gift to Stanford University. The installation introduces museum visitors to new works by artists they’ve come to know in the museum’s galleries and provide visitors with opportunities to experience the collection in new ways. It […]


Past Lectures

April 23, 2018

[VIDEO] The Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture: Judy Chicago

The artist in conversation with Marci Kwon, Assistant Professor of Art History

March 9, 2017

[VIDEO] The Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture: Nick Cave

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. FREE. Cemex Auditorium at the Graduate School of Business.

May 12, 2015

[VIDEO] Wayne Thiebaud: Painted Worlds

The Inaugural Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture

Upcoming Programs

October 25, 2018

United Nations Association Film Festival

at 4PM, Denning Family Resource Center, tickets required via UNAFF
The theme for this year is “TOMORROW?”

November 8, 2018

Jazz Talk: Jazz and Dvořák with Loren Schoenberg

at 6:30pm, Denning Family Resource Center, FREE.

November 11, 2018

Second Sunday

at 11am-4pm, Egan Terrace, Denning Family Resource Center, and galleries
Second Sunday is for everyone. You are welcome here!

November 29, 2018

Creative Reading in the Galleries

at 6:30pm, Galleries, FREE
A collaboration with the Creative Writing Program

December 9, 2018

Second Sunday

at 11am-4pm, Denning Family Resource Center, and galleries
Second Sunday is for everyone. You are welcome here!

February 28, 2019

Creative Reading in the Galleries

at 6:30pm, Galleries, FREE
A collaboration with the Creative Writing Program