Photo by L.A. Cicero

Mary Margaret 'Moo' Anderson speaks with technicians during the hanging of the collection.

A private art collection becomes a Stanford collection

In September, Stanford became home to the core of the Anderson Collection, one of the world's most outstanding private assemblies of post–World War II American art. The collection is a gift from Harry W. "Hunk" and Mary Margaret "Moo" Anderson and their daughter, Mary Patricia "Putter" Anderson Pence, the Bay Area family who collected the art for nearly 50 years. The Anderson Collection at Stanford University contains 121 works by 86 artists ranging from Willem de Kooning to Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock to Wayne Thiebaud.