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Spring 2021 Arts Programming at Stanford

The Anderson Collection's latest exhibits, Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics and Hostile Terrain 94, will be open to the public for viewing on the first floor from April 21 through May 2. Photo by JKA Photography

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Cantor Arts Center and The Anderson Collection at Stanford University


Stanford Art Museums Begin to Reopen

Recent changes in state and county COVID-19 guidelines are allowing Stanford to begin gradually reopening the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.

After first reopening to the campus community, the museums will reopen to the public at 25% capacity on April 21. Visitors will be able to reserve their free timed tickets beginning April 14.

“Our community has faced isolation and loss during the pandemic and we know people are looking for opportunities for engagement,” said Matthew Tiews, interim senior associate vice president for the arts and associate vice president for campus engagement. “We hope that by reopening some of our wonderful community resources we are providing a way for members of the Stanford community and visitors from our surrounding communities to reconnect and to experience joy.”

New museum days and hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special museum member hours from 10 to 11 a.m. during the first week of reopening (April 21–25).

“We are so excited that in April the Cantor will welcome students, faculty, and the community back into the museum to see the remarkable exhibition When Home Won’t Let You Stay, on view through May 30, 2021,” said Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, interim co-director, Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator, and curatorial fellowship program director.

Visitors to the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection can reserve free, timed tickets beginning April 14. Photo courtesy of the Cantor Arts Center

The first floor of the Anderson Collection will be open through May 2 for viewing Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics and Hostile Terrain 94. The second floor will remain closed during this first phase of reopening, and the entire museum will close temporarily for the summer on May 3 for building maintenance and artwork reinstallation.

“Because of the pandemic, we had to put off a maintenance project that will require the museum to close for several months,” said Jason Linetzky, executive director of the Anderson Collection. “But we so wanted to be a part of the first reopenings at Stanford to give the campus and community a chance to come back for a visit after being away for so long.”

The Anderson Collection will reopen in fall 2021 with new exhibitions, a newly installed permanent collection, and engaging in-person and digital programs.

Members of the community are asked to respect the rules for visiting campus, which include avoiding campus if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms; maintaining six feet of distance from individuals not in their immediate household; wearing face coverings inside and outside when six feet of physical distancing is not possible; and not gathering in groups.

On April 12, parking enforcement hours for museum visitor and hourly parking space in the Arts Zone will return to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with no enforcement on the weekends. Payment for visitor parking has transitioned to a contactless process through the ParkMobile app. In the interest of safety, physical pay stations at visitor lots have been taken offline to avoid the touching of shared surfaces that cannot be adequately disinfected throughout the day.


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Institute for Diversity in the Arts

Artist Talk with Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell at SFMOMA

Join Stanford's Institute for Diversity in the Arts for an online conversation with artists Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell, whose photographs are shown together at SFMOMA (Floor 3, through Sep 6) as part of the series Bay Area Walls. In these commissions, both artists respond to the storefront murals and signage that have appeared in San Francisco and Oakland during the pandemic. Alejo and Burrell will be in conversation with scholars Dr. Tiffany E. Barber and Kazumi Chin.

This event is co-presented with Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts and in partnership with Kearny Street Workshop.

About the Speakers

Artist and researcher Erina Alejo, born and raised in San Francisco, works across time and place to construct archives on labor, displacement, family, and communal history. Alejo’s SFMOMA commission, “My Ancestors Followed Me Here,” explores the textures, cultural landmarks, objects, and people along San Francisco’s vibrant Mission Street before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Born and raised in Oakland, Adrian L. Burrell is a storyteller who uses photography, film, and site-specific installation to examine issues of race, class, gender, and intergenerational dynamics. His SFMOMA commission, “It’s After the End of the World, Don’t You Know That Yet?,” is a collective self-portrait that examines the normalized violence inflicted on Black lives in American society.

Dr. Tiffany E. Barber (moderator) is a scholar, curator, and critic of visual art, new media, and performance of the Black diaspora who has published widely on abstraction, Afrofuturism, Black feminist praxis, dance, and fashion.

Kazumi Chin (moderator) is a poet, educator, and student of cultural studies at UC Davis.

Support for Public Programs and Artist Talks at SFMOMA is provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Distinguished Lecture Series.