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Yinka Shonibare CBE, RA: The American Library

Yinka Shonibare CBE, RA: The American Library

June 2, 2021–June 4, 2023

In-gallery view of Yinka Shonibare's "The American Library" at the Cantor

In-gallery view of The American Library, 2018, by Yinka Shonibare, CBE, RA, at the Cantor Arts Center. Photograph by Johnna Arnold. On loan from the Rennie Collection, Vancouver.

Geballe Family Balcony (208)

An imaginative portrait of a nation, The American Library explores how ideas of citizenship, home, and nationalism acquire complex meanings. The work consists of six thousand books wrapped in Dutch wax-print fabric and embossed with the names of immigrants and migrants who have made a significant impact on American culture.

Virtual tour of Yinka Shonibare's "The American Library" exhibition at the Cantor

Virtual Tour

Click below to explore a virtual tour of Yinka Shonibare's The American Library, as displayed during the exhibition When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art, on display at the Cantor in 2021.




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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

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