Stanford University Museum of Art Officially To Become the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University

$36.8 Million Project Near Completion, On Schedule, Within Budget

For further information, contact: Mona Duggan, Associate Director/Director of External Relations, 650-725-4240; or Jill Osaka, Publicity Coordinator, 650-725-4657

The Stanford University Museum of Art officially will become known as the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University beginning September 1, 1998. The Center, which will open in January of 1999, is named for noted philanthropists, Iris Cantor and her late husband, B. Gerald Cantor, who donated over $10 million to the Stanford Museum rebuilding project. Over the last twenty years, the Cantors also contributed over 185 works by Auguste Rodin to Stanford. The Museum has been closed since 1989 due to damage suffered in the Loma Prieta earthquake. The $36.8 million project is designed by Polshek & Partners, Architects, of New York.

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford includes the historic Museum building, which has been splendidly renovated and seismically strengthened, a new 42,000 square foot wing, an enhanced Rodin Sculpture Garden, and new outdoor sculpture garden areas. The wing provides spacious galleries for special exhibitions and the Center's collection of modern and contemporary art, an auditorium, cafe, and bookstore.

The opening of the Center marks an unprecedented revival of the arts at Stanford and is a tribute to the support of the University's administration, to the generosity of the Cantors and many other friends of the Center, including The Committee for Art, to the leadership of Director Thomas K. Seligman, and to the dedication of staff and volunteers.

The project, which is nearing completion, is on schedule and within budget. Seligman, who holds the Jill and John Freidenrich Endowed Directorship, says "our contractors, Rudolph & Sletten, are in the final stages of completing all the finishes and making necessary corrections to provide us with a beautifully designed and constructed building. The staff occupy the Center and have begun to install our collections. Later in the year, the special exhibitions will be installed and all systems will be readied for opening."

In addition to the largest collection of Rodin sculpture outside the Musée Rodin in Paris, for which Stanford is well-known, the Center's collections are diverse and wide-ranging, covering the history of art and representing a spectrum of cultures. The collections will be on view in 18 galleries and will be enhanced by several significant loans, among which are a Richard Serra sculpture from the collection of Doris and Donald Fisher; and de Kooning maquettes from the Willem de Kooning Conservancy. Rotating installations will also be drawn from a major loan of modern and contemporary prints from the collection of Drs. Judd and Katherine Marmor and the Marmor Foundation.

Opening special exhibitions include Picasso: Graphic Magician, Prints from the Norton Simon Collection, Three Models: The Design Competition for the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, and Before and After Science, the Photographs of Eadweard Muybridge.

Admission to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford will be at no charge, one of few Bay area institutions offering free access. All physical facilities are fully accessible to the handicapped.

A volunteer opening committee is planning the launch of the Center with a series of opening events including "Super Sunday at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, on January 24, 1999, a special community day sponsored by The Gap to welcome and introduce the new Center to the public.

The opening events committee is chaired by Linda Meier, well-known for her direction of special events such as the opening of Bloomingdale's (a benefit for Stanford Hospital) at the Stanford Shopping Center, and the 100th Stanford/Cal Big Game celebration and auction.