Stanford museums are always free and are perfect places to visit on a summer day
Summer is the perfect time to explore exhibitions at the Anderson Collection and the Cantor Arts Center that highlight art in various mediums from around the country and the world. Two special exhibitions are in their final weeks, so plan to visit soon.
Salon Style: Collected Marks on Paper at the Anderson Collection closes on Aug. 20. The first of a two-part exhibition, the unique works in Salon Style present a collection of marks intuitively and intentionally placed by the artists. From Arshile Gorky’s striking self-portrait to Helen Frankenthaler’s hand-colored monotype to Richard Diebenkorn’s expansive paintings on paper, these works encourage the viewer to reflect on how 20th-century American artists, many of whom practiced largely on canvas, also used paper as an exploration of their processes. The second part of this exhibition, Salon Style II, opens on Sept. 20.
墨境 Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang at the Cantor closes on Sept. 3. Considering ink painting from the 1960s through the present, Ink Worlds examines salient visual features and international connections, as well as the ongoing impact of historical techniques, materials and themes. In conjunction with the exhibition, films by Britta Erickson from the series The Enduring Passion for Ink featuring artists Xu Bing, Zheng Chongbin, Liu Dan, Wang Dongling and Yang Jiechang, whose work is included in the exhibition, will be shown at 1 p.m. Aug. 31, followed by a Q&A with Erickson. Tours of the exhibition are every Friday through Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The final tour is Sept. 2.
More time to view, but don’t wait too long:
Through Diebenkorn’s “Window”: Transitions in Time at the Cantor has been extended to Dec. 3. Several hidden compositions lie below the surface of Window by painter and Stanford alum Richard Diebenkorn, ’49. These compositions were unknown to the art community except as barely visible reworkings until brought to light by Stanford student Katherine Van Kirk, ’19, during her Chen-Yang Fellowship in the Cantor’s Art+Science Lab. This installation shows the multiple layers uncovered through infrared reflectography as evidence – in a single painting – of the transition Diebenkorn was making in his art from the mid-1950s to the ’60s.
Do Ho Suh: The Spaces in Between at the Cantor closes on Feb. 25, 2019. Installation artist Suh uses a chandelier, wallpaper and a decorative screen to focus attention on issues of migration and transnational identity. Using repetition, uniformity and shifts in scale, he questions cultural and aesthetic differences between his native Korea and his adopted homes in the United States and Europe.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; extended hours to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The museum is closed on Tuesday. Looking ahead to the holidays, both museums are open on Labor Day and closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.