Exhibition Showcases Modern And Contemporary Art From The Collections Of Stanford University Alumni

February 18–June 20, 2004

Stanford, CA, November 4, 2003, 2003—More than a decade in the making, the exhibition Picasso to Thiebaud: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collections of Stanford University Alumni and Friends will open at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University on February 18, 2004. Picasso to Thiebaud will feature 65 paintings and sculptures from more than 40 private collections throughout the United States, ranging from a little-known 1901 Picasso painting, Courtesan with Hat, to a 2002 Sean Scully oil, Pink Wall of Light.

In recent years, the museum has made a commitment to strengthen its program in modern and contemporary art. This has been greatly supported by the formation in the mid-1980s of the members group Contemporary Collectors Circle and by the addition to the staff of a curatorship, endowed by Ruth and Robert Halperin in 1993, in this field. For the last 10 years, museum director Thomas K. Seligman and curator of modern and contemporary art Hilarie Faberman have visited Stanford collectors of modern art and have seen a variety of paintings and sculpture of very high quality. The selections in the exhibition run the gamut of 20th- and early-21st century art and were chosen to illustrate the range and excellence of these collections.

Selections for the exhibition represent major European and American art movements of the last century—such as Cubism, Orphism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, and Color Field—with examples by Delaunay, Gris, LÈger, Kline, Pollock, Tobey, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Johns, Dine, Frankenthaler, Louis, Motherwell, Rivers, Park, Diebenkorn, Oliveira Jess, Lobdell, Mangold, Stella, Hockney, Katz, and Thiebaud. Works by important 20th-century sculptors such as Lipchitz, Calder, Moore, David Smith, Le Witt, Neri, Voulkos, Arneson, Conner, Westermann, Christo, Butterfield, and Holzer will also be on display.

A unique aspect of the exhibition is that its fully illustrated color catalogue is being written by graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford University. During the academic year, a seminar at the Cantor Arts Center entitled "Anatomy of an Exhibition," has instructed students in exhibition organization and catalogue research and preparation. The entries about the objects in the show have been written by the students, who met with alumni throughout the country, viewed their collections, and spoke with them about their passion for art.

The catalogue features comments by the lenders concerning their collections and the role that Stanford played in shaping their taste. Essays will be included by university president John Hennessy, art history professor Wanda M. Corn, Cantor Arts Center director Thomas K. Seligman, and the course instructors, Faberman and the Center's curator for education Patience Young. Faberman also selected the objects for the show.

The class has also planned the installation and worked on the labels and other didactic material for the exhibition. During the run of the show, which closes on June 20, 2004, students will give tours. Other educational programming will be announced.

The exhibition, accompanying catalogue, and related programs are made possible by the Contemporary Collectors Circle, an anonymous donor, and The Cowles Charitable Trust, and by additional support from the Mike and Bobbie Wilsey Fund for Education, the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Cantor Arts Center members.