The Stanford Department of Art & Art History is delighted to present an installation and lecture by artist Anthony McCall as the first major events of the department’s inaugural year in the new McMurtry Building. The installation will open on Tuesday, October 6, and run through Friday, October 16, with free admission.
McCall is known for his ‘solid-light’ installations, which he began to create in the early 1970s. Occupying a space between sculpture, cinema and drawing, these works today use digital technology to produce meticulously choreographed intersecting lines and curves projected in darkened haze-filled rooms, creating three-dimensional sculptural forms constructed from light. Leaving (With Two-Minute Silence) is the first of McCall’s oeuvre to incorporate the element of sound. Leaving (With Two-Minute Silence) will be installed in the Barbara and M. Kenneth Oshman Lecture Hall and Presentation Space in the McMurtry Building, the new home of the department on the Stanford campus.
The artist will present a lecture of the same title on Wednesday, October 7, at 5:30 PM in the Auditorium of the Cantor Arts Center. Guests should enter through the Diekman Rotunda, adjacent to the Rodin Sculpture Garden. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Anthony McCall's work is included in many major public collections worldwide including: the Tate Gallery, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona; and the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. His most recent exhibitions include the Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam; MONA, Tasmania; and Museo d'arte della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano. McCall’s work is represented by Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.
About the McMurtry Building
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, along with the executive architect, Portland, OR-based Boora Architects, has designed not only a new home for the Department of Art & Art History but an interdisciplinary hub for the arts at Stanford that will foster interaction and collaboration among students and faculty, and support the integration of the arts into university life. Housed within 96,000 square feet and under one roof for the first time will be programs in art practice, design, art history, film and media studies, and documentary film and video. The building also includes art studios, media arts labs, screening spaces, film-editing rooms, exhibition space, and the Art and Architecture Library.