Living Traditions: Arts of the Americas
Opens April 18, 2007

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces “Living Traditions: Arts of the Americas,” opening April 18.

This transformation of the art of the Americas galleries features work from diverse Native American peoples and times, new commissions of Northwest Coast art, and important collections of California, Southwest, and Mesoamerican art.

In the newly named Rehmus Family Gallery of Native American art, commissions of new Northwest Coast works by renowned artist Calvin Hunt anchor the exhibition space. These include two fully carved, 10-foot-tall cedar posts topped by a 14-foot-long lintel, creating a massive threshold through which visitors may walk. A 14-foot-wide painted canvas, also created by Calvin Hunt, serves as a backdrop for two large bird masks.

Specially designed large cases allow for more of the museum's Native American basket and ceramics collections to be presented. Interpretive material includes commentary by and photographs of Native American students and alumni. This puts the works in context of Native People's history and traditions that continue today.

The presentation is made possible by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, the Drs. A. Jess and Ben Shenson Funds, and the Cantor Arts Center's Wattis Program Fund.

VISITOR INFORMATION: The Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm, including Easter Sunday. Admission is free. The Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free on weekends and after 4 p.m. on weekdays. For information, call 650-723-4177, or visit website

Don Yeomans, (b.1953)
Masset Haida/Metis
Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada
. Cedar, shell, and pigment. Lent by Fred and Marcia Rehmus

Maxine Matilpi, (b. 1956)
Kwakwaka'wakw, Canada
Chief's Regalia (button blanket), 2006. Wool, metal, glass beads, and plastic. Cantor Arts Center collection