The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford. A Mark Dion Project. To celebrate it's 125th anniversary, the Cantor Arts Center has invited Mark Dion, known for his work on the history of museums and their collections, to serve as the Diekman Contemporary Commissions Program Artist in Residence for 2019. Dion will delve into the original Stanford family collection to create a cabinet of curiosities for the 21st century.
The Stanford legacy – the university, the museum, and by extension the whole of Silicon Valley – traces to the death of 15-year-old Leland Stanford, whose parents set out to create social impact in his name and shaped American culture as we know it. Artist Mark Dion scoured the museum’s extensive collection to create a cabinet of curiosities installation that unpacks this history.