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Museum gotta see ‘um
November 16, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Senior Correspondent

Ben Blackwell
THE MODERN EXPERIENCE IN ART. Fernand Léger, Deux femmes sur fond bleu (Two Women on a Blue Background), 1927. On display as part of Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art, at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University through March 16, 2014.

By Susan Cohn

FLESH AND METAL: BODY AND MACHINE IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY ART, AT THE CANTOR ARTS CENTER AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY. Co-organized by the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art presents 70 artworks that explore art in Europe and the Americas between the 1910s and the early 1950s. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints and illustrated books from the collection of SFMOMA. Featured artists include Margaret Bourke-White, Constantin Brancusi, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Léger, Wyndham Lewis, László Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian and Man Ray. The exhibition is part of the collaborative museum shows and extensive off-site programming presented by SFMOMA while its building is temporarily closed for expansion construction.

Connie Wolf, the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center, said, “We are thrilled to pair SFMOMA’s world-class collection with Stanford’s renowned academic resources. Cantor curators and the distinguished chair of the Department of Art and Art History guided seminars specifically for this exhibition, with students examining art of the period, investigating themes, studying design and display issues and developing writing skills. The students gained immeasurably by this amazing experience and added new research and fresh perspectives to the artwork and to the exhibition. We are proud of the results and delighted to present a unique and invaluable partnership that will enrich the Stanford community, our museum members and our visitors.”

The Cantor Arts Center, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday, Thursday until 8 p.m., is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way and Lomita Drive. Free. Parking is free on weekends and after 4 p.m. weekdays. For information about the exhibit and related events call 723-4177 or visit Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art is on view through March 16, 2014.

FAMILY SUNDAYS AT THE CANTOR. The Cantor invites families to join in the fun on Sundays with a different theme every week. Innovative, kid-friendly tours at 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. focus on different artworks. Families can take advantage of two separate hands-on art activities: art-making in the studio and focused drawing in the galleries. Children of all ages are welcome. No registration required. Children and their adult companions can participate for 20 minutes or for two hours, whatever their schedules allow.

JOIN THE CANTOR, IT’S A TRIP! Cantor Arts Center members are eligible for tours to museums, private collections and special art events in the Bay Area and beyond. Coming up: Celebrate the Holidays in San Francisco Wednesday, Dec. 4. San Francisco’s oldest and most beautiful hotels and churches celebrate the holiday season looking their best. This docent tour offers an insider’s look at the spaces, recounting the history and anecdotes of these lovely buildings.

THE CANTOR ARTS CENTER WELCOMES A NEW NEIGHBOR AS THE ANDERSON COLLECTION AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY TAKES SHAPE. In 2014, Stanford will become home to the core of The Anderson Collection, one of the world’s most outstanding private assemblies of modern and contemporary American art. The collection is a promised gift from Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, Bay Area residents who have collected art for nearly 50 years. The Andersons have pledged 121 works by 86 artists, notably abstract expressionists including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Clyfford Still and Philip Guston, and contemporary painters such as Ellsworth Kelly, Terry Winters, Sean Scully and Vija Celmins. Major postwar movements represented include Bay Area figurative art, color field painting, post-minimalism, California funk art and contemporary abstract painting. Stanford is constructing a 33,327-square-foot permanent building exclusively for The Anderson Collection. The new structure is adjacent to both the Cantor Arts Center and the planned McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History, and close to the new Bing Concert Hall. Richard Olcott of Ennead Architects is the designer of The Anderson Collection at Stanford University; he and partner Timothy Hartung, with whom he recently completed Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall, lead the Ennead team. This marks the fourth project at Stanford to be designed by Olcott and Ennead, including the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts and the Stanford Law School William H. Neukom Building. Jason Linetzky has been appointed the first director of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.

Susan Cohn can be reached at or



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