Exhibition Schedule

February 29, 2012 – October 13, 2013
Wood, Metal, Paint: Sculpture from the Fisher Collection
Over the past decade, the Fisher family has been exceedingly generous in lending works of art from their unrivaled collection. This new long-term installation, selected in consultation with contemporary art professor Pamela Lee, includes pieces by John Chamberlain, Jenny Holzer, Sol LeWitt, and Claes Oldenburg, together with Carl Andre’s Copper-Zinc Plain, a floor piece comprised of 36 tiles, and John Chamberlain’s Bijou, a large early work made of crushed automobiles and paint. The works on display are especially significant because they are examples of the innovations that established the reputations of these artists. Learn more

March 21 – July 8, 2012
Light Works: Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin
Beginning in the 1920s, with the work of the Constructivists, electric light became a medium for art. With the advent of Minimalism in the late 1960s, artists found that using light as a medium could challenge perception and be impersonal as well as emotionally engaging. This installation features two large pieces. One by Dan Flavin is an example of the artist’s use of mass-produced fluorescent light. The second work, an untitled disc by Robert Irwin, typifies the interest in light and space that occupied a number of artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s. These two works complement Sculptures from the Fisher Family Collection and provide another look at the diverse artistic approaches in the 1960s. Learn more

April 11 – October 2012
Adventures in the Human Virosphere: The Use of Three-Dimensional Models to Understand Human Viral Infections
For decades, Stanford Associate Professor Robert Siegel has taught the course Humans and Viruses, requiring students to research and build three-dimensional models of specific viruses. The models have explanatory power, providing insight into viral structure and function. Because viruses are genetically simple, they often display surprisingly beautiful symmetries. Learn more

May 16 – October 14, 2012
Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
The Benue River Valley is the source of some of the most abstract, dramatic, and inventive art works in sub-Saharan Africa. This exhibition, organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, is the first major view of the spectacular sculpture, ceramic objects, and video material representing the major artistic genres defining the Lower, Middle and Upper sub-regions of the Benue River Valley, starting at its confluence with the Niger River and following eastward to its upper reaches around the Gongola River, its major tributary. Learn more

June 13 – October 14, 2012
Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel: John Cage Plexigrams

John Cage (1912–1992), the foremost American experimental composer of the 20th century, also made prints and assembled words as graphic/conceptual puzzles. His first visual work, Eye Editions, Cincinnati (1969) is a series of eight “Plexigrams” collectively titled “Not Wanting to Say Anything about Marcel.” The title refers to a comment Jasper Johns made to Cage after Marcel Duchamp's death; artists were encouraged to respond in memoriam, and Johns said, in effect, I don't want to say anything. Each Plexigram is composed of eight printed Plexiglas sheets standing in parallel slots in a wooden base; the entirety is viewed through the spaced “sandwich.” On view will be the Center's four Plexigrams from the series. Learn more

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Rodin! The Complete Stanford Collection
200 works on view in three galleries and outdoors. Free docent tours on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Europe 1500-1800,
Ancient Greece and Rome
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Expanding Views of Africa Learn more