Docents Offer New Tours Of Stanford University's Outdoor Art

Stanford, CA, November 4, 2002—The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University announces a new docent-led tour of the campus outdoor art collection that starts January 2003. Prompted by increased visitor interest and an outdoor collection that now includes more than 70 sculptures, the Cantor Arts Center's docents developed a second and distinct outdoor art tour for visitors. The tours are on different Sundays of the month and follow different routes; each tour takes place rain or shine and lasts about one and a half hours.

  • First Sunday of each month at 2 p.m., starting on Sunday, January 5
    Campus Sculpture Walk incorporates the quad and south campus area and meets at the entrance to the main quad.
  • Third Sunday of each month at 2 p.m., starting on Sunday, January 19
    Outdoor Sculpture Around the Museum begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, dating from 1891, that flank the main entrance. The tour continues with the work of Auguste Rodin, Maya Lin, Beverly Pepper, Richard Serra, and Andy Goldsworthy.
    In addition to the regularly scheduled tours:
  • Groups of 10 or more can schedule free, private tours and choose the focus of their outdoor sculpture experience, from bronzes by Auguste Rodin to works in carved wood and stone in the New Guinea Sculpture Garden. Other artists whose works are in the outdoor collection include Josef Albers, Joan Miró, Beniamino Bufano, Alexander Calder, Charles Ginnever, Willem de Kooning, Jacques Lipchitz, Claes Oldenburg, George Segal, and Mark di Suvero. Call 650-723-3469 to arrange group tours.
  • Those who want to explore the Stanford campus on their own can obtain a free outdoor sculpture map. Campus sculpture maps are available at the Cantor Arts Center information desks in the main lobby and south rotunda and at Stanford¹s Visitor Information Center in Memorial Auditorium. The outdoor collection is available for viewing day and night, seven days a week. The Rodin Sculpture Garden is lit for evening viewing. The sculpture map is also available online.

Rex Vaughan, long-time docent and current member of the Stanford University President's Panel on Outdoor Art, explained the need for an additional tour: "The outdoor sculpture collection grows at the rate of approximately one and a half works per year. Recent additions to the outdoor sculpture collection include Stone River by Andy Goldsworthy, a 40-foot totem pole in the traditional Haida style by British Columbia artist Don Yeomans, and Three Sentinels in bronze by Beverly Pepper." Vaughan, who is also chair of Center's Outdoor Sculpture docent group, added, "It would take three and a half hours to see the entire outdoor collection, so we created two tours when there had been only one."

Cantor Arts Center Associate Curator for Education Lauren Silver said, "Docents now offer seven different topics for tours; some repeat two or three times a week. This adds up to nearly 50 public tours per month, plus many specially scheduled private tours for groups. The number of volunteers in the docent program has increased from 26 in 1988 to 67 today. These volunteers go through a demanding 14-month training program before giving any tours, then another year of experience and preparation before taking on the outdoor sculpture tours. It is only due to the growing number of docents, their enthusiasm, and their continuing dedication to the Center that we can offer the expanded tour schedule."

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