Anderson art collection moves from Atherton home to dedicated building at Stanford

by Miranda Simes on September 25, 2014

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The Anderson Collection at Stanford Univeristy opened last weekend as the latest addition to the university’s Art and Art History Departments.

For the grand weekend opening, food trucks, live music, and children’s activities presided near the entrance of the museum. Visitors of all ages took the opportunity to mingle and enjoy the sunny weekend.

The 121 paintings and sculptures from 86 contemporary artists make up the personal collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, who gifted the works to Stanford after spending decades collecting for their Atherton home. Works from illustrious artists such as Wayne Thiebaud, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Philip Guston, and Robert Motherwell are displayed in themed rooms, such as ‘California Light & Space’ and ‘Bay Area Figuration.’

The building itself is the product of Ennead Architects and 36 million dollars, containing a spacious layout of white rooms filled with natural light. According to the museum, the building provides 15,000 square feet of gallery space and functions with an automated lighting system to safely illuminate the paintings. Visitors are welcome to tour the exhibit along with an interactive iPad, an in-depth resource that provides context to several of the central works. The building also includes an enclosed resource center, complete with reference information concerning the displayed art.

Stanford’s Art Department also includes the Cantor Arts Museum and along with the Bing Concert Hall, neighbors the Anderson Collection, highlighting the university’s dedication to art. Stanford is planning another addition to the Department the fall of 2015: the McMurtry Building, whose purpose is to “support the integration of the arts into university life” through studios, labs, and exhibition spaces.

The Anderson Collection is located at 314 Lomita Drive and is open to the public for free, though reservations are required on the weekend.

Photo by Cathy Simes

Miranda Simes writes for M-A Bear News where this article first appeared; used with permission.

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