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

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Virtual Tour

The Medium is the Message: Art Since 1950

Immerse yourself in a 360-degree tour of this exhibition, which explores the relationship between subject, content and material

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The Medium is the Message: Art since 1950 Virtual Tour

Up Close:

One Painting Tours With Artists

Hosted by art historian and the associate director of ITALIC at Stanford, Kim Beil, Up Close explores a single object in the Anderson Collection, sparking dialogue with a guest artist.

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Learning From Home

Resources for Students and Faculty

Explore a collection of digital resources for the academic community to explore Stanford’s art museums remotely.


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Museums From Home Artist Talks

We know there is no replacement for experiencing art in person. Yet, the power of art to connect us and transform our thinking remains, even when we can’t be physically together.

As part of our efforts to bring artists and ideas outside the gallery and into our community while the museums are temporarily closed, we are pleased to present a series of conversations with leading contemporary artists.

Enjoy conversations with Deborah Kass, Catherine Opie and Stephanie Syjuco, as they discuss their art practice and current projects.

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Aura Virtual Exhibition Talk

Aura: Art And Authenticity

Virtual Gallery Talk and Digital Exhibition

What makes a work of art authentic or not? Some works of art change over time, while some come from cultural contexts where originality cannot be the litmus test of their charismatic presence. Explore the notion of authenticity in art with this virtual talk.

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Jigsaw Puzzles

Take a moment to relax and complete one of our jigsaw puzzles with iconic views of art on campus.

Deborah Kass' OY/YO

Deborah Kass' OY/YO
Deborah Kass' OY/YO

Anderson Collection Facade

Anderson Collection Facade
ACSU Facade Jigsaw

View of the Cantor

View of the Cantor
View of the Cantor

Anderson Collection Facade Detail

Anderson Collection Facade Detail
Anderson Collection Facade Detail, Press Kit

Museums' North Lawn

North Lawn Puzzle

Rodin Sculpture garden

Sculpture Garden Puzzle

Windhover Diptych

Diptych Puzzle

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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.

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.


Rodin's Art in Medical Diagnosis

In this video from The Wall Street Journal, we learn how the Stanford School of Medicine teach students the diagnostic process using sculptures from French artist Auguste Rodin.




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Mark Dion: The 2019 Wilsey Lecture

In this presentation, Dion discusses "The Melancholy Museum," its relationship to installations he has created at other universities, and many of the discoveries he made while working with the Stanford Family collections.



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Betray The Secret: Humanity in the Age of Frankenstein

This exhibition was curated as part of Frankenstein@200, a larger celebration at Stanford University marking the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein."



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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.

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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.

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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.

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More to Watch

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.

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Jordan Casteel: Yvonne and James

Visual artist Jordan Casteel recounts the emotional origin story of Yvonne and James, giving us a glimpse into lives which might otherwise go unseen through her portraits from the Bronx.

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What is Motion?

A look at the photography of Muybridge used to prove that a horse's feet all left the ground while galloping.

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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.

Richard Diebenkorn (U.S.A., 1922–1993), Drawing from Sketchbook # 15, 1943–93. Graphite on paper. © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Gift of Phyllis Diebenkorn, 2014.15.3

Richard Diebenkorn (U.S.A., 1922–1993), Drawing from Sketchbook # 15, 1943–93. Graphite on paper. © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Gift of Phyllis Diebenkorn, 2014.15.3

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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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.

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April Second Sunday

Our popular event has gone virtual! Tune in to watch the first edition of Second Sunday from Home. Once you're done creating your collection, share it in your social channels and tag us with @cantorarts @anderson.collection.stanford

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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.

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Andy Warhol Photography Archive

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

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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.

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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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Second Sunday At Home


Las Talaveritas painting by Aliza Nisenbaum, part of the upcoming exhibition When Home Won't Let You Stay

Inspired by Aliza Nisenbaum's paintings

The October edition of Second Sunday At Home features paintings by Aliza Nisenbaum in the forthcoming exhibition, When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art. These portrait paintings feature families in a setting with Mexican talavera tiles and are the inspiration for the art-making activity: creating your own talavera tile (family) pattern.  

For more information, visit our Family Programs page.

You can also download the Activity Guide in advance of the session.




Martin Puryear (U.S.A., b. 1941), Dumb Luck, 1990, wire mesh, tar, and wood. Anderson Collection at Stanford University. Gift of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence.

Inspired by artist Martin Puryear's work in the Anderson Collection

In September’s edition of Second Sunday At Home, we are inspired by the work of artist Martin Puryear. He emphasizes craft and abstraction in his larger-than-life sculptures, using organic forms and natural materials to rework symbols of freedom and shelter that encourage us to discover Black history’s hidden stories.

Download the activity guide and click the link below to watch the recorded session.




Titus Kaphar, U.S.A., b. 1976. Page 4 of Jefferson’s “Farm Book,”... 2018.

Exploring Identity Through Art: Inspired by Titus Kaphar’s Page 4 of Jefferson's "Farm Book,"...

In this virtual session, museum educators from our Second Sunday Crew guide you in creating a photomontage (similar to a collage) inspired by artist Titus Kaphar.
Click here to download the photomontage activity guide.

Additional Activity: Notan Square

The Notan Square demonstrates the interaction between negative and positive space in art. In this project you will use your creativity to design art that uses both negative and positive space to make a harmonious composition. Click here to download the Notan Square activity guide.

A link to the recorded event is below. A video will be available at a later time.  

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Second Sunday July 2020

Exploring Art through Sound and Motion: Inspired by Nick Cave's Soundsuits

Watch the recorded session of July Second Sunday At Home and discover our educators' interpretation on how to make and activate a Soundsuit--a wearable sculpture inspired by artist Nick Cave. Download the activity guide by clicking here.

Learn more about Nick Cave's Soundsuits.





Andy Goldswrothy's Stone River at the Cantor Arts Center

Art in Nature: Inspired by Artist Andy Goldsworthy

Explore ideas by an artist who uses only art materials found in nature. Create a nature-based artwork that changes with its environment. Click here to download the activity guide.


Draw like an artist: inspired by the Diebenkorn Sketchbooks

Sheltering at home provides a great opportunity for us to all draw on our familiar surroundings as a source of inspiration. Watch the recorded session of May Second Sunday At Home and create a line drawing portrait. Click to get the list of materials.




Create a Collection

In this edition of Second Sunday At Home we create a collection collage. All collages begin with collecting, and artists use collage techniques in many ways.

Download the list of materials by clicking here, and click below to watch the video from our April session for a step-by-step description of this activity.



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.

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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.


An example of cross-countour drawing using Martin Puryear's artwork titled Dumb Luck

Cross-Contour Drawing Activity Inspired by artist Martin Puryear

Create the illusion of 3D form with cross-contour. These are the drawings that outline and highlight the figurative shape of an object or objects in a drawing. Usually, a contour drawings success is defined by the line quality. This includes the size and shape of the line as well as the pressure the artist puts on the line making.

Take a look at the Anderson collection for examples of Puryear's work. You can download the step-by-step instructions in the activity guide.

Create your 3D drawing
Letter Writing with Anderson Collection artists

Writing letters with the Anderson Collection artists

During these times when many are sheltering in place, people may feel lonely and miss their friends and family. Before Zoom calls were a thing, people would often times write letters on paper to bridge the distance. Join the artists in the Anderson Collection and pen your very own letters to remain close to your friends and loved ones as you practice social distance.

Download the activity guide, explore some of the artwork in the Anderson collection and get inspired!

Write your letter

Pop-Up Book and Mandala

The Anderson Collection at Stanford University brings you fun art-making projects. Gather your supplies and get crafting!

Pop-Up Book with David Gilhooly's Hoarding My Frog Food
David Gilhooly is a sculpture artist who uses figures both human and animal to create fantastical and humorous sculptures. Click here to view this artwork and spark your creativity.

Mandala with Kenneth Noland's Rose
Kenneth Noland is most famous for his concentric circle paintings where he highlighted color. For inspiration on this colorful project, you can click here and view his artwork.

Paper Weaving and Hand Patterns

Paper, markers, scissors, glue. Explore artwork-inspired projects from the Anderson Collection to keep your creativity flowing as we shelter in place.

Paper Weaving with Jennifer Bartlett's At the Lake, Morning
Using small squares that are abstract and piecing them together into a grid, this artist creates a larger image. Through paper weaving, this project aims to emulate the artist’s process with materials from home. You can click here to view this artwork.

Hand Patterns with Frank Lobdell's January 1971
Part of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Frank Lobdell painted the figure with an emphasis on shape, light and shadow. Our hand pattern project aims to emulate this artist's ideas with materials from home. Click here to view this artwork.

Coloring Sheets

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.

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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Cantor 2

Outside the Cantor with Deborah Kass’ OY/YO

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Cantor 3

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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Anderson 2

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


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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.

Rodin's Sculpture Garden at the Cantor

What makes a Rodin ‘a Rodin’?

The Musée Rodin in Paris announced plans to use Auguste Rodin’s molds to produce additional sculptures of his work as a fundraising tool. Cantor associate curator of European art Patrick “Patch” R. Crowley helps unpack Rodin’s approach and how his legacy endures in ways that extend beyond his art.


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2020 Geballe Prize Winners

The 2020 Geballe Prize for Writing is an honor that recognizes outstanding undergraduate student prose and poetry related to works of art in the Cantor Arts Center collection.

Meet the Winners

Cantor Spring Magazine

Explore the artists and ideas that comprise our vision for creating an inclusive museum for 21st century audiences.



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Seeing Between the Lines

Assistant Curator of American Art Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander explores a few highlights of The Medium is the Message exhibit

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Photo Texts: Literature Meets Art at the Museum

Students of fiction experience Wright Morris’s work on and off the page.

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Meet Maggie Dethloff

Five Questions for Maggie Dethloff, Assistant Curator of Photography and New Media.


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Richard Diebenkorn at the Cantor

Diebenkorn's impact has continued on campus thanks to the number of significant artworks given and lent to Stanford.

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In the middle of Left of Center

Left of Center brought together seven graduate-student curators to reenvision a new rotation of the Anderson Collection.

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Richard Diebenkorn at Stanford

Experts share their perspectives on Richard Diebenkorn's work at the Stanford art museums.


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Paper Chase

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.

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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.

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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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On The Shelf

The #OnTheShelf series presents book recommendations by staff from the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University.

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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.

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