Last Friday was my parents’ 57th wedding anniversary. They were married in June 1952 in Knoxville, Tennesee. My father grew up in Hickory Township,
Pennsylvania. He met my mother at a Knoxville dance while he was working at the nuclear center at Oak Ridge.
My younger brother Pete Dickinson was in the Bay Area this week to visit clients, so we had a family celebration. Yesterday’s highlight was a walk through the amazing Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University where we visited the world-class Rodin Collection. Cantor has a huge collection of art by
- “This exhibition presents the Center’s entire Rodin collection, 200 works in all. The Cantor Arts Center’s collection of Rodin bronzes is the largest in the world outside Paris, second only to the Musee Rodin. The majority of the collection remains on the ground floor, occupying three galleries. Approximately 170 works by Rodin are on view inside the Center, mostly cast bronze, but also works in wax, plaster, and terra cotta. Twenty bronzes, including The Gates of Hell, on which Rodin worked for two decades to complete, are outside in the Sculpture Garden. The Burghers of Calais are nearby on campus. The Rodin Sculpture Garden is open all hours, with lighting for nighttime viewing. Admission is free.”
We also got to see a Deborah Butterfield bronze cast driftwood horse in Cantor’s front hall.You may have seen another member of sculptor Butterfield’s herd at SFO, the San Francisco airport. Another favorite sculpture at Cantor is “Stone River” by Andy Goldsworthy.
|Wade and Eleanor in 1952
||Deborah Butterfield’s horse
||Katy, Pete, Eleanor, Wade
|Iris by Rodin
||three Rodin busts
||Caryatid by Rodin
||Goldsworthy’s “Stone River”
Images Copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson