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Museums From Home
Museums from Home
Here's what to watch, read, and explore to enjoy Stanford art museums from home.
What to Watch
Take a break from your streaming services, and check out some of the Stanford art museums' most popular videos.
Lectures, time-lapses, and behind-the-scenes footage let you connect with the stories behind our exhibitions.
What to Listen to
Perfect for nature walks or a museum moment of zen, listen to the voices of Stanford's most prominent names in art.
These audio files are part of the oral history project by the Stanford Historical Society.
What to Explore
Get curious, and explore the museums from the comfort of your home.
Take a deeper dive into the objects and artwork from our most representative exhibitions and collections, which are now available online.
What to Read
Revisit some of the museums' most beloved exhibitions, celebrations, and milestones, and expand your knowledge of the artwork in our collections.
Enjoy this special selection of articles and get to know our museums more closely.
What to Watch
Sound on with Nick Cave
Revisit the 2017 Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture, featuring artist Nick Cave in conversation with Harry Elam, Senior Vice Provost for Education and Vice President for the Arts.
The Easter Eggs of Palo Alto Spring
Go beyond the ruffled dresses, striped socks, and strange expressions and learn the mysteries behind Palo Alto Spring, the iconic painting of Leland Jr.'s 10th birthday party.
What to Listen to
The origins of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University
In this 2016 interview for Stanford Historical Society, Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson talk about how an auspicious visit to the Louvre led to the creation of their collection of post-World War II American art and a gift of more than 121 major paintings and sculpture to the university.
Nathan Oliveira interviews with the Historical Society
A leading name in the Bay Area figurative movement, Nathan Oliveira discusses his career at Stanford, which began in 1964 after an invitation from Lorenz Eitner, chair of the Stanford art department.
In these interviews, Oliveira also talks about the impact of Stanford art students on his own artistic work.
Frank Lobdell in Conversation with Judith Humburg
Professor Ermeritus Frank Lobdell speaks to a life-long passion and commitment to the making of art, fueled by curiosity of what it means to be human across time and cultures. Along with Nathan Oliveira and Keith Boyle, Lobdell was instrumental in building an studio art program at Stanford.
The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford
Visual artist Mark Dion walks you through the inception of The Melancholy Museum, and the Cantor Art Center's exciting and interesting origin story. Watch the video, view the special presentation created by Stanford Report, and explore featured objects from this exhibition.
Richard Diebenkorn's Sketchbooks
Central to the Richard Diebenkorn at the Cantor exhibition, the artist's sketchbooks have been digitized and made available to explore digitally. Sit back and enjoy this micro site* dedicated to the work of this Stanford alum, celebrating his deep and broad connections to our campus.
* Best viewed on Safari and Chrome browsers.
Jane Stanford's Letters
Jane L. Stanford's letters pertain largely to the founding and administration of Stanford University, along with her personal and social affairs.
Explore this fascinating collection of correspondence, speeches, news clippings, and other biographical materials that Stanford Libraries has digitized and made available to the public.
More in Our Collections
Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Cantor Arts Center, the largest collection of sculptures by Rodin in an American museum is now available online.
His pioneering work in photographic studies of motion took place in a studio at Stanford's Palo Alto Stock Farm, using Leland Sr.'s horse 'Occidental' as his subject.
The Capital Group Foundation
This gift includes works by American photographic masters Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, Gordon Parks, and Edward Weston.
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What to Read
The Anderson Collection at Stanford University celebrates its fifth anniversary
In this Q&A session, Anderson Collection Director Jason Linetzky looks back at the first five years of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. Revisit this milestone and discover some of visitor's favorite works.
PhD candidate explores Persia’s Safavid Empire in her exhibition at the Cantor
Alexandria Hejazi Tsagaris, PhD candidate at Stanford University, studies early modern art and architecture, with a particular focus on Renaissance Italy and Safavid Iran. Read how her educational experience and the Cantor's remarkable material on Persia's history aided her in the curation of Crossing the Caspian.
Saying hello to OY/YO at Cantor Arts Center
Deborah Kass' monumental OY/YO sculpture was inspired by Edward Ruscha’s OOF (1962). Upon seeing it in the Museum of Modern Art, Kass thought to herself, “Oy.” In 2009, she painted the word in the same colors Ruscha used: yellow text on a blue background. Discover the concept behind the bright piece that welcomes visitors to the Cantor.
Compositions Hidden Below Diebenkorn's Window
Richard Diebenkorn's Window is the centerpiece of a new interactive exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center. The exhibit reveals hidden images beneath the painting found by Stanford student Katherine Van Kirk. The hidden compositions date to the mid-1950s and ‘60s, when Diebenkorn was a leader of the Bay Area Figurative movement.
Kahlil Joseph’s BLKNWS Incubated at Stanford
Joseph is interested in expanding traditional print and televised news formats to be more broadly representative.
BLKNWS is a two-channel video broadcast displayed on two side-by-side monitors. Juxtaposed on each screen are media clips of Black American experiences that are paired alongside filmed news desk segments.
The Capital Group Foundation Gift
The 1,000 images from the Capital Group Foundation gift to the Cantor Arts Center—featuring legends like Adams, Weston and Parks—factor in alongside Stanford University’s other high profile photography collections, including the image archive of Andy Warhol and Civil Rights documentarian Bob Fitch.
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