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Cantor Arts Center Gifted More Than One Thousand Photographs by American Artists

Above: Helen Levitt, Girl Playing Under Green Car, New York City, 1970.
Above: Helen Levitt, Girl Playing Under Green Car, New York City, 1970.

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA—The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University has received a gift of more than one thousand photographs by American artists as well as $2 million to endow a curatorial fellowship from the Capital Group Foundation. Among the artists represented in the donation are Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, Gordon Parks, and Edward Weston.

“This incredible collection of photographs for teaching, research and display, is one which the Stanford community will benefit from for years to come,” said Harry Elam Jr., vice president for the arts and the vice provost for undergraduate education. “The accompanying funding ensures that new scholarship will be pursued through ambitious exhibitions and catalogues, as well as fulfill our responsibility to train the next generation of scholars of photography. We are very grateful to the Capital Group Foundation for this gift.”

Bryan Lewis, the foundation’s president, said that the organization looked for a home for the photographs for two years. “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,” Lewis said. The Cantor has had about three hundred of the photographs on long-term loan from the foundation. An exhibition of the works, organized by the center’s curator Elizabeth Mitchell, will open in September. Two more shows will follow in 2020.

March 14, 2019