Stanford Art Museums will reopen in April


Stanford University is preparing to reopen its art museums to the public.

Officials announced this week that Stanford University’s Anderson Collection and Cantor Arts Center will open to the public at 25% capacity beginning April 21, following a preview weekend for students, faculty and staff from April 16 to 18.

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

‘When Home Won’t Let You Stay’, an exhibition of contemporary multimedia works dealing with migration, immigration and displacement, will be on view at the Cantor Arts Center until May 30. The provocative exhibition, which can also be viewed online, features around 20 works by 18 international artists.

Of particular interest is Mumbai artist Reena Saini Kallat’s large “wall drawing” titled “Woven Chronicle”. Composed of circuit boards, loudspeakers, electrical wires and accessories, it is a map of the world that traces “the global flows and movements of travellers, migrants and labour”. It also reflects the personal story of Kallat, whose family split following the partition of India in 1947, which divided the country into India and Pakistan and forced the migration of millions of people.

Also of note is the British-Nigerian artist’s Yinka Shonibare “The American Library”, an exhibition of 6,000 books covered in colorful printed fabrics often associated with West Africa and reflecting colonial influences on the region. The names of significant figures in American history and culture—immigrants or their descendants, or African Americans who moved during the Great Migration—are engraved in gold on the volumes. Innovators, leaders and artists such as WEB Du Bois, Grace Lee Boggs, Toni Morrison, Steve Jobs, Bruce Lee, Ana Mendieta, Joni Mitchell, Barack Obama, Steven Spielberg, Carl Stokes and Tiger Woods exemplify the diversity of American experience.

At the Anderson Collection, two exhibitions will be presented until May 2. sponsored by the Undocumented Migration Project, is a participatory installation of some 3,000 toe tags, each depicting a migrant who died trying to cross the US-Mexico border into Arizona, in the Sonoran Desert, between the mid-1990s and 2019.

On May 3, the Anderson will close for the summer for building maintenance and the reinstallation of artwork.

Stanford Live’s Frost Amphitheater will also reopen in the spring with outdoor movies, followed by live performances, to be announced this summer.


Cantor Arts Center

Or: 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University

Contact: (650) 723-4177,

Anderson collection

Or: 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford University

ContactPhone. : (650) 721-6055,

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, opens April 21

Admission: Free, pre-time stamped ticket required

To note: COVID-19 protocols will be in place.


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