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How the West Was Won

How the West Was Won

April 24, 2019–October 28, 2019

Yinka Shonibare MBE, "Cowboy Angels"


Yinka Shonibare MBE (England, b. 1962), Cowboy Angel V, 2017. Woodcut with newsprint collage and cotton Dutch wax cloth additions. Robert E. and Mary B. P. Gross Fund, 2018.70.5

The five woodblock prints in the Cantor’s newly acquired portfolio Cowboy Angels (2017), by renowned British artist Yinka Shonibare, are his first works to enter the museum’s collection. Each image of a dynamic American cowboy figure also features a collaged piece of Shonibare’s signature material, the colorful Dutch wax fabric traditionally created in Europe for export to Africa. The juxtaposition serves as a reminder of the enduring colonial myths of racial and cultural purity that continue to reinforce long-standing associations of the heroic cowboy with national identity and authenticity.

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The Cantor is open to the public at 100% indoor capacity. Free, all-day reservations are required for all visitors, including members. Get yours here.

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The Cantor Arts Center is located at the intersection of Museum Way and Lomita Drive in the heart of the arts district on the Stanford campus. The Cantor faces the Bing Concert Hall across Palm Drive, northwest of The Oval and the Main Quad.

328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way
Stanford, CA 94305-5060

How to Get Here


Parking is limited. Stanford has a new contactless process to pay for parking, using the ParkMobile app, website, or phone. Prior to your visit, we recommend you visit the Stanford Transportation website to learn more about the updated visitor parking process.

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