Former student gives Cantor an eclectic collection of prints, drawings and photographs

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Su-Li Hung, World Trade Center, 2001. Woodcut.

The Cantor Arts Center recently acquired 12 prints, drawings and photographs donated by a Stanford alumnus MARILYN SYMS, who received his undergraduate degree in 1971.

The New York-based curator and art historian honors her Stanford roots while recognizing the importance of student interactions with objects.

The gift features an eclectic selection of works, ranging from an Italian Renaissance portrait and 19th century travel photographs to a 2001 woodcut by Su-Li Hung (Taiwan, b.1947) that features a memorial at the World Trade Center in New York. The diverse subjects represented encourage reflection on works as images and objects, making them exciting candidates for inclusion in future exhibitions, research and teaching.

Symmes remembers formative interactions with Cantor’s collections and curators while pursuing an undergraduate degree in art history at Stanford.

After completing her studies, she received a graduate degree from the University of Michigan and built her career as a curator at museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, and the Zimmerli Art Museum in Rutgers. University.

ELIZABETH MITCHELL, Curator Burton and Deedee McMurtry and director of the Cantor Arts Center Curatorial Scholarship Program, said the printing would be of great use to Cantor in facilitating one-on-one interactions between students and scholars.

“At first glance, the design is very simple and austere, and it takes a moment to realize that you are looking at the World Trade Center,” she said. “Then once you do, the meaning of the image and the feeling you experience changes. You go from the riddle of an abstract drawing to the realization that you are looking at a memorial to a truly horrific event. The dialogue that a work like this can inspire is very significant.

Learn more on the Stanford Arts website.


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