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Here's what to watch, read, and explore to enjoy Stanford art museums from home.

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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.

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Serra's Sequence returns to Cantor Arts Center

Watch as Richard Serra’s massive steel sculpture Sequence (2006) and all 235 tons return after several years indoors at SFMOMA.

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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.

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The McMurtry Lectures

The Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture is a program of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, presented in partnership with Stanford Live.

Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago is an American artist and major figure within the early Feminist Art movement of the 1970s.
She is considered one of the most prominent voices in ongoing dialogue about women and art.

Watch Judy's Lecture

Roberta Smith and Jason Andrew

Roberta Smith is the co-chief art critic of The New York Times. She lives in New York. Jason Andrew is an independent curator and producer. He is the founding partner at Artist Estate Studio.

Watch Roberta and Jason's Lecture

Robert Irwin

For more than six decades, Robert Irwin has explored perception as the fundamental issue of art. Irwin began his career as a painter in the 1950s and became the pioneer of the L.A.-based “Light and Space” movement in the 1960s.

Watch Robert's Lecture

More to Watch

Jordan Casteel: Yvonne and James' Story

Visual artist Jordan Casteel recounts the emotive story of Yvonne and James, and how her portraits bring the intangible to the forefront, giving us a glimpse into lives which might otherwise go unseen.

Watch Jordan Casteel

The Sketchbooks Revealed

Throughout his long career, Richard Diebenkorn kept a sketchbook—a “portable studio,” as he called it—to capture his ideas. These books span 50 years and represent the range of styles and subjects he explored, from figuration to abstraction.

Discover the Sketchbooks

Josiah McElheny's Island Universe

Josiah McElheny’s monumental installation Island Universe envisions an infinite, multiverse cosmos, where five separate universes occupy the same space, frozen in their individual moments of expansion.

More on Island Universe

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.

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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.

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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.

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What to Explore

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.

Explore The Melancholy Museum

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.

Explore the Sketchbooks

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.

Explore the Letters

Andy Warhol Photography Archive

Drawing on a trove of over 3,600 contact sheets featuring 130,000 photographic exposures acquired in 2014 from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., these images document Warhol's daily life.

The collection features candid portraits of celebrities and artists of the era including: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Truman Capote, Jimmy Carter, Martha Graham, Halston, Keith Haring, Debbie Harry, Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones, Jackie Kennedy, Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton, Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Diane Von Furstenberg, and more.




More in Our Collections

Auguste Rodin

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.

Explore Rodin

Eadweard Muybridge

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.

Explore Muybridge

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.

Explore Collection

More to Explore

Outdoor Art at Stanford: Interactive Map

Enjoy visual treasures beyond the museum walls with outdoor art by Ellsworth Kelly, Joan Miro, Auguste Rodin, and Andy Goldsworthy, located all across campus.

Explore Map

Adventures on Paper

Now you can color some of the works in the Anderson collection from the comfort of your home. Simply click on the titles below and print the PDF to unleash your creativity!

Richard Diebenkorn's Girl on the Beach
Diebenkorn’s Girl on the Beach dates from the artist’s prolific Berkeley years (1953-1966), and shows interest in the relationship between landscape and the human figure. You can click here to learn more about this artwork.

Elizabeth Murray's Mouse Cup
The works of American painter Elizabeth Murray draw from cubism and abstract expressionism. Mouse Cup is a good example of her perspective about life. Click here to view this artwork.

Once finished, you can share with us on social media using the hashtag #museumfromhome and tagging us with @cantorarts and @anderson.collection.stanford.

Virtual Backgrounds

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”)!

  1. Click on the desired link below
  2. Right click on the image
  3. Select 'Save As'
  4. Transform your Zoom video conference background!

Cantor 1

Cantor lobby with Stephanie Syjuco’s I Am An

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Outside the Cantor with Deborah Kass’ OY/YO

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Installation view of Do Ho Suh’s Who Am We? (Multi)

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Looking in on Richard Diebenkorn at the Cantor


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Anderson 1

New acquisitions by Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock


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Permanent collection featuring Adolph Gottlieb, Willem de Kooning & Jackson Pollock


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Discover more arts programming at Stanford

Stanford Live

In the spirit of show business, Stanford Live's 2020 season must go on—now virtual. Stream performances from the comfort of your home.

Explore the digital season

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