The Museum was first opened in 1894, and after surviving damage twice by earthquakes and a period of neglect, was restored and revitalized into its current venue in 1999.
Covering 5,000 years of art history, collections include a large number of Rodin bronzes. Two large galleries are devoted to pre-1900 European and American art, roughly divided into British, Dutch, French, and Italian areas, monumental California landscapes, and works on paper.
Several galleries and outdoor space are devoted to modern and contemporary art focusing on early 20th-century sculpture and Bay Area art. Exhibits also include works from Asia, Africa, Oceania, the Native Americas, and a Stanford Family collection that encompasses 5,000 works.
Contact sheets (small proofing sheets), along with other examples of the artist’s iconic work
Works examine visual features, international connections, historical & contemporary techniques, and more
A fantastical simulation of a medicine cabinet containing thousands of colored plaster and painted pills
One spectacular mask used in dance by senior women of the society
Works focus attention on issues of migration and transnational identity
Original pictographic alphabet and brightly colored postcard-size illustrations
Works imitate blackboards to interrogate schooling, authority, literacy, form, and color
Highlights the importance of nature amid industrialization
Two hidden compositions indicate the artist's transition from figurative to still life and the abstract