Leland Stanford, Junior, Museum/Cantor Arts Center
Leland Stanford Museum/Cantor Arts Center/Avedon In the American West
Last weekend I visited the Stanford Museum/Cantor Arts Center to see Richard Avedon's "In the American West" photographs. The exhibit was well worth the hour drive from Berkeley. Moreover, in addition to the stunning Avedon photographs, we enjoyed the museum's huge Rodin collection, the paintings of the Leland Stanford family, including Mrs. Stanford's regal jewelry collection and a unique bronze sculpture of a horse by Deborah Butterfield.
The life-size horse sculpture was first created from driftwood. Then it was dismantled and encased in molds which were used to mold bronze pieces matching the driftwood which were then welded together, using photographs, to match the original driftwood sculpture.
The museum allows unlimited photographs of the art in its permanent collection, but did not permit photos of the Avedon pictures. I'll try to find some on the Internet to give you an idea of what they were like.
They were very different from any of Avedon's previous work as a fashion and portrait photographer. These pictures were of drifters, waitresses, coal miners, cowboys, railroad workers of the kind whose toil paid for Mrs. Stanford's priceless jewels. The irony of the justaposition between Avedon's searing, bigger than life photos and the life of the Stanfords was powerful.
Bronze Driftwood Horse by Deborah Butterfield 1999
Jane Stanford's Jewels deedsphoto
Leland Stanford Junior
Leland Stanford Family and Friends on the Lawn
Jane Lathrop Stanford 1828-1905
The Thinker, Auguste Rodin
Cantor Art Center, Stanford Rodin Collection
Richard Avedon's "In the American West" Photographs
Richard Wheatcroft, rancher, Jordan, Montana, 1981
Bill Curry, drifter, Interstate 40, Yukon, Oklahoma,1980
Ruby Mercer, publicist, Frontier Days, Cheyenne, Wyoming 1982
Reverend Andrew Goodwin, pastor, Baptist Church, Miles City, Montana, 1981
James Story, coal miner, Somerset, Colorado, 1979
Juan Patricio Lobato, carney, Rocky Ford,.Colorado, 1980
Billy Mudd, trucker, Alto, Texas, 1981
Rita Carl, law enforcement student, Sweetwater, Texas, 1979
Peggy Daniels, cashier, Giddings, Texas, 1981
Roberto Lopez, oil field worker, , Lyons, Texas, 1980
Clarence Lippard, drifter, Interstate 80, Sparks, Nevada 1983
Richard Avedon wikibio
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