Museums From Home
Museums from Home
Here's what to watch, read, and explore to enjoy Stanford art museums from home.
Contemporary Works between Mediums
Art/Object considers contemporary works in the collections of the Cantor Arts Center and Bowes Library that fall between the cracks of obvious medium categories.
Wendy Red Star:
This exhibition, installed throughout the first floor of the Anderson Collection, explores the ideas of Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny through the lens of John Gast’s 1872 painting, American Progress.
Take a moment to relax and complete one of our jigsaw puzzles with iconic views of art on campus.
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.
A Journey Through 'Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics'
Join Jason Linetzky, Director of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Aimee Shapiro, Director of Programming and Engagement, and artists Kahlil Robert Irving and Brie Ruais in a journey through Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics. You’ll learn more about this exhibition and discover the artists’ practice in their own voices.
The Curatorial Legacy of Leland Stanford Jr.
It is no secret that the Leland Stanford Junior University and Museum were created in memoriam for Leland Jr., but much less is said about how these institutions, and in particular the museum, emerged. The museum’s early collections reflect Leland Jr.’s curatorial interests, nurtured by his doting parents’ great wealth, class tastes, and social connections.
In her talk, Sabrina Papazian, PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, analyzed the objects collected by Leland and provided insight into his role as a budding intellectual.
Stanford Art & Art History: Past, Present and the Future
Through reminiscences of her many years working with Stanford’s leaders in the arts, Mona Duggan takes us back to the time when the Department of Art and Stanford Museum were joined, and will touch on the milestones that have set the stage for the current renaissance of the arts on campus.
Alexander Nemerov speaks about the present and future state of the Department of Art and Art History in its new home, the McMurtry Building.
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
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.
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.
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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.
Adventures on Paper
Unleash your creativity with these paper projects, brought to you by the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. From clever paper projects to coloring sheets, you can become an artist in the comfort of your home.
Once finished, you can share with us on social media using the hashtag #museumfromhome and tagging us with @anderson.collection.stanford.
Be at home with Stanford’s art museums: customize your video conference background, set your computer or phone wallpaper and step inside our galleries -- virtually. Instructions to switch your Zoom background are here (and be sure to uncheck “Mirror my video”)!
- Click on the desired link below
- Right click on the image
- Select 'Save As'
- Transform your Zoom video conference background!
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.
Archival pigment print. Soft-ground etching. Gelatin silver print. Art on paper can take on myriad forms and expressions. As a decade closes, the Cantor showcases works on paper collected in the last ten years with some for the first time.
The Anderson Collection at Stanford University celebrates its fifth anniversary
In this Q&A session with Robin Wander, Anderson Collection Director Jason Linetzky looks back at the first five years of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.
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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