Winter 2021 Arts Programming at Stanford

Ruth Asawa with Family Masks, 1991.  © 2020 Estate of Ruth Asawa / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy The Estate of Ruth Asawa and David Zwirner. Photograph by Laurence Cuneo

More Arts Programming at Stanford

Check out the upcoming programs from some of our arts partners at Stanford's Vice Presidency for the Arts. Despite shelter-in-place orders and a remote academic environment for Stanford students, Stanford's Institute for Diversity in the Arts, the Cantor Arts Center, and The Anderson Collection continue to seek events that engage artists, the community, and students through virtual programming. 


Cantor Arts Center

The Cantor Arts Center presents the Asian American Art Initiative

Among the first of its kind, Stanford’s newest hub of interdisciplinary scholarship transforms the museum’s collection and expands research opportunities. 

The Asian American Art Initiative is anchored by the museum’s acquisition of a collection of 233 clay masks that compose Untitled (LC. 012, Wall of Masks) by Ruth Asawa and 141 works from The Michael Donald Brown Collection, a privately assembled group of works created between 1880 and 1996 by Asian American artists. In recent months, the Cantor also welcomed Blue Mountain No. 4 from the estate of Bernice Bing and Untitled (Dragon with Two Children) from the Martin Wong Foundation. These acquisitions firmly cement the importance, presence, and commitment of the Cantor as a premier collecting entity and study center of Asian American art. Learn more about the Asian American Art Initiative


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The Anderson Collection at Stanford University

The Anderson Collection at Home presents Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics


Simone Leigh, Althea, 2016, terra-cotta, India ink, porcelain, cobalt, and epoxy, 26 x 24 x 13 in. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased through the Board of Overseers Acquisition Fund


The work of four artists whose exploration of the use of clay provides commentary on its past and insight for the future makes up Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics, an upcoming exhibition at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.

Though the museum is temporarily closed, visitors are invited to explore a virtual tour of the show, watch a video featuring some of the artists in the show, and read the exhibit brochure on the Anderson Collection website.

The exhibition features 11 works by Kathy Butterly, Kahlil Robert Irving, Simone Leigh, and Brie Ruais. While distinct in style, the artists share a reverence for the medium while exploring questions of value, identity, materiality, and the body.

“By sharing the work and voices of these contemporary artists, our visitors can engage with current issues while reflecting on work in the permanent collection,” says Jason Linetzky, director of the Anderson Collection. “Formed and Fired gives us an opportunity to present innovative sculptors who ground their work in social histories while interrogating them through the expressive qualities of ceramics.”


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