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Through Diebenkorn’s "Window": Transitions in Time

Through Diebenkorn’s "Window": Transitions in Time

April 18, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Katherine Van Kirk

Katherine Van Kirk, ’19, with the Diebenkorn painting Window, which she examined in her investigative project.

Two hidden compositions lie below the surface of Window by painter and Stanford graduate Richard Diebenkorn, BA ’49. These hidden compositions were unknown to the art community except as barely visible reworkings, or pentimenti, until brought to light by Stanford student Katherine Van Kirk, ’19, during her fellowship in the Cantor’s Art+Science Lab. This installation shows the multiple layers uncovered through infrared reflectography as evidence—in a single painting—of the transition Diebenkorn was making in his art from figurative to still life and landscapes to the more abstract. Viewers will have a chance to discover the hidden works themselves through a digital media platform and in early drawings in the artist’s sketchbooks and other works in the Cantor's collection.

Museum Hours

Monday: 11AM–5PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11AM–5PM
Thursday: 11AM–8PM
Friday-Sunday: 11AM–5PM

Holiday Hours

The Museum is OPEN Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 from 11AM–5PM, and parking is Free.
The Rodin Sculpture Garden and campus sculptures are always open to visitors.

Map and Directions

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

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Parking is limited. Visitor parking is available on Lomita Drive and in a nearby parking structure at Roth Way and Campus Drive. On weekdays until 4PM visitors may use marked, metered spots. On weekdays after 4PM and all day on weekends, visitor parking is free and visitors may also use A and C permit spaces.

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