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.

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Bronze Driftwood Horse by Deborah Butterfield 1999

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Bronze Driftwood Horse, Deborah Butterfield deedsphoto

Jane Stanford's Jewels deedsphoto

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Leland Stanford Junior

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Leland Stanford Family and Friends on the Lawn

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Jane Lathrop Stanford 1828-1905

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The Thinker, Auguste Rodin

The Thinker, Auguste Rodin, Leland Stanford, Junior/Cantor Art Center   deedsphoto
The Thinker, Auguste Rodin, Leland Stanford, Junior/Cantor Art Center deedsphoto | Source
The Thinker by Auguste Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr./Cantor Art Center   deedsphoto
The Thinker by Auguste Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr./Cantor Art Center deedsphoto | Source
Rodin sculpture, Leland Stanford, Junior/Cantor Art Center   deedsphoto
Rodin sculpture, Leland Stanford, Junior/Cantor Art Center deedsphoto | Source
Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford,Junior/Cantor Art Center   deedsphoto
Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford,Junior/Cantor Art Center deedsphoto | Source
The Kiss by Auguste Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum   deedsphoto+
The Kiss by Auguste Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum deedsphoto+ | Source
Falling Man, Auguste Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum, deedsphoto
Falling Man, Auguste Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum, deedsphoto | Source
Sculpture Garden, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum   deedsphtoto
Sculpture Garden, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum deedsphtoto
Auguste Rodin Sculpture, Sculpture Garden, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum deedsphoto
Auguste Rodin Sculpture, Sculpture Garden, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum deedsphoto
Auguste Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum deedsphoto
Auguste Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum deedsphoto
Rodin sculpture, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum    deedsphoto
Rodin sculpture, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum deedsphoto
Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum deedsphoto
Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum deedsphoto
Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum/Cantor Art Center deedsphoto
Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum/Cantor Art Center deedsphoto
Rodin sculpture, Leland Stanford, Jr., Museum   deedsphoto
Rodin sculpture, Leland Stanford, Jr., Museum deedsphoto
Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum deedsphoto
Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum deedsphoto
Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr., Museum deedsphoto
Rodin, Leland Stanford, Jr., Museum deedsphoto
Rodin's Gates of Hell, Leland Stanford, Jr., Museum/Cantor Art Center deedsphoto
Rodin's Gates of Hell, Leland Stanford, Jr., Museum/Cantor Art Center deedsphoto
Rodin's Gates of Hell deedsphoto
Rodin's Gates of Hell deedsphoto
Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford Museum Garden
Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford Museum Garden | Source
Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford Museum
Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford Museum | Source
Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford Museum Garden
Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford Museum Garden | Source
Leland Stanford Museum Garden
Leland Stanford Museum Garden | Source
Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford Museum Garden
Rodin Sculpture, Leland Stanford Museum Garden | Source

Richard Avedon's "In the American West" Photographs

Included below are several photographs from Richard Avedon's 100-odd "In the American West" photographs. The searing life-size or larger black and white photgraphs should be seen in a museum in order to appreciate the great photographer's intent and accomplishment. The next best way to see them is in the book "In the American West" by Richard Avedon, published by Harry B. Abrams, Incorporated, New York, 2005.

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

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