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Stanford’s Anderson Gallery plans: TBD

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Yesterday I posted several questions regarding Stanford’s plans for its forthcoming Anderson Gallery (which will house the Anderson family gift to Stanford).

I asked a Stanford spokesperson many of those same questions: Who at Stanford ┬áis in charge of managing the Anderson Gallery project to realization? Or, to put it another way, who is handling the selection of an architect for the Anderson Gallery facility, who is determining the Anderson Gallery’s programmatic focus (just collection? a ‘typical’ museum exhibition program? conservation lab?), whether the university will be re-considering the Cantor Center’s role within the university’s arts facilities? Is there a budget for the construction of the Anderson Gallery? [Image: Wayne Thiebaud, Candy Counter, 1962, part of the Anderson family gift to Stanford.]

Turns out that’s all to be decided. “At this point, it is premature to answer the questions you pose below, as the agreement with the Andersons was signed just last week,” spokesperson Lisa Lapin said. “Things are at such a preliminary stage that we do not have the other details you seek. It will be a fast track project so it should not be long for further announcements.”

The Anderson Gallery is scheduled to open in 2014. Stanford will have to move quickly.

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  1. Diane Tokheim says:

    Remember, Stanford built a new stadium in 9 1/2 months!

  2. Jacquelynn Baas says:

    Well the Stanford museum is between directors, for one thing–a very dangerous time to plan. I hope the administration first appoints a director and then moves full steam ahead. One worry: will the Andersons exert undue influence in that choice?

  3. Tyler Green says:

    The Andersons explicitly gave their art not to the Cantor, but to Stanford University…

    And being between directors is precisely why the university has an opportunity to re-think what the Cantor is/should be in light of the Andersons’ gift, I think.

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