Stanford University Cantor Center Receives Gift of Photographs

Stanford University Cantor Center Receives Gift of Photographs

Stanford University has announced a gift of more than a thousand photographs and a $2 million endowment in support of its art museum from the Capital Group Foundation.

The gift to the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts includes works by American photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, Gordon Parks, and Edward Weston. The endowment gift will fund the position of a named curatorial fellow who will conduct research on and produce scholarly exhibitions from the collection, as well as the cost of caring for and exhibiting the photographs. About three hundred of the photographs are already on long-term loan to the Cantor Center, which was selected as the permanent home of the collection after a more than two-year evaluation of twenty institutions. An exhibition from the collection is scheduled to open in September, with two additional exhibitions planned for 2020.

"With specially selected, in-depth groups of photos by each artist, we will be able to examine and present an expansive account of the photographic work of these remarkable artists who captured the America and Americans of their times," said Susan Dackerman, the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Center.

"The foundation's directors were highly impressed with the Cantor director's enthusiasm, deep interest in the collection, and in her vision for the future," said Capital Group Foundation president Bryan Lewis. "Over a twenty-five-year period, Stanford's Cantor Arts Center has helped the foundation review and recommend for purchase a number of artists' works that are in the collection today and will now be moving to Stanford permanently."

Edward Sheriff Curtis, Rush Gatherer, Kutenai, 1910. (Image credit: The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University)