Professor Johnson Takes Part in Asian American Art Initiative at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center

Monday, January 25, 2021

MIRAGE NEWS -- The initiative is anchored by the museum’s acquisition of 233 ceramic masks that comprise “Untitled (LC. 012, Wall of Masks)” by Ruth Asawa and 141 artworks from The Michael Donald Brown Collection, a privately assembled group of pieces created between 1880 and 1996 by Asian American artists.

Additional partners include head librarian of the Ute and Bill Bowes Art and Architecture Library at Stanford D. Vanessa Kam, San Francisco State University Professor of Art Mark Dean Johnson and Gordon Chang, Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, professor of American history and senior associate vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford University.

“The collection is distinguished for several reasons, including its depth in 19th-century and early 20th-century artists. This makes Stanford’s collection of this early period the most important nationally,” said Johnson. “I congratulate Stanford University on this major and transformative acquisition, including the art and archives that support it, that will be an invaluable resource in the understanding of a fuller picture of American art.”