Changes in the Collection Galleries

Many of the Center's 24 galleries present works from the collection plus long-term loans. Each collection gallery is dedicated to a distinct era or type of art. Together the galleries span the history of art from ancient China and Egypt to the 21st century. Works in the collection galleries change on a regular basis.

Freidenrich Family Gallery
Robert Motherwell
May 6 - November 15, 2009
This rotation features works by the American abstract expressionist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), who graduated from Stanford University in 1936. Along with his contemporaries including Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, Motherwell focused on the energy and emotion in art-making. This rotation includes loans from the Marmor Collection in addition to works from the collection.
IMAGE: Robert Motherwell (U.S.A., 1915-1991). Harvest, in Scotland, 1973. Lithograph with collage. Lent by The Marmor Foundation.

Freidenrich Family Gallery
Drive-by Shooting: Photographs by Robert Frank
May 6 - November 15, 2009
After emigrating from Switzerland in 1947, Robert Frank (b. 1924) began to document his travels throughout the United States. With a camera and old car, Frank began a solitary road trip shooting photos that span from coast to coast. His black and white photographs of ordinary objects and city scenes encapsulate a sense of loneliness and banality, reflecting Frank's personal experience with American life and landscape. The exhibition features examples from The Americans, Frank's most celebrated body of work.
IMAGE: Robert Frank (U.S.A., b. Switzerland, 1924). Detroit, 1955. Gelatin-silver print. Gift of Raymond B. Gary.

Early Modern Gallery
Portraits and Prints
February 25 - November 8, 2009
This rotation showcases loans from two collections and includes a group of vibrant German expressionist works by artists such as Erich Heckel and Max Pechstein plus a number of paintings by Hungarian artists from the first half of the 20th century. A portion of the gallery features works created at Atelier 17, Stanley William Hayter's innovative print workshop. As a pioneer of modern engraving, Hayter is revered for establishing print as a major medium of artistic expression in Europe and America in the 20th century.

Madeleine H. Russell Gallery
Chinese Contemporary Art on loan from Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Kwee
While Chinese contemporary art demonstrates the continuity of cultural tradition in the use of media and imagery that resonate with the past, it also mirrors the dramatic changes that China has undergone in the recent past, particularly since the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976. Liu Xiaodong's recent oil painting A Highway Near the Yangzi is among works on view.

Patricia S. Rebele Gallery
A Legacy in Teaching

July 15 - November 8, 2009
Featuring paintings from the Center’s collection by Stanford art
faculty of the past, including Daniel Mendelowitz and Henry Varnum Poor.

Rowland K. Rebele Gallery and Geballe Family Balcony
The Metaphysics of Notation
March 18, 2009 - March 28, 2010
This graphic score composed by Stanford professor Mark Applebaum is the current Faculty Choice on view. Inspired by the venue and its performance opportunities, this installation wraps around the Geballe Family Balcony overlooking the Main Lobby, and is anchored in the Rowland K. Rebele Gallery. Weekly, various musicians perform their interpretations of Applebaum's score. Performances are held between noon and 1 pm each Friday.
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Early European Gallery
Attitudes Toward Nature
March 25 - October 4, 2009
Works include an etching by Rembrandt, whose landscapes often depicted cottages surrounded by trees, along with late-18th-century watercolors by Thomas Daniell and John Robert Cozens.

Robert Mondavi Family Gallery
An Eye on Nature
March 25 - October 4, 2009
Featured works by William Turner of Oxford, Henri Rivière, and Percy Gray illustrate the evolution of landscapes in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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