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Explore 'The Faces Of Ruth Asawa' At Cantor Arts Center

Explore 'The Faces Of Ruth Asawa' At Cantor Arts Center

An image of artist Ruth Asawa infront of her Wall of Masks

Ruth Asawa with life masks on the exterior wall of her house. Photography by Terry Schmitt. ARTWORK: Untitled (LC.012 Wall of Masks), c. 1966–2000. Ceramic, bisque-fired clay. Courtesy David Zwirner. Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Art Acquisition Fund, 2020.172.1–233 © 2022 Ruth Asawa Lanier, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


In 2020, Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center acquired “Untitled (LC.012, Wall of Masks)” by the late legendary Bay Area artist Ruth Asawa. These 233 masks, initially displayed on the exterior of Asawa’s family home in Noe Valley, had never been exhibited anywhere. Following two years of conservation treatment and meticulous planning, the artworks became a long-term installation, The Faces of Ruth Asawa, at the Cantor.

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