New Cantor Arts Center exhibit revisits the Stanford family collection

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Shared September 17, 2019

When Jane and Leland Stanford Sr. experienced the almost inexplicable pain of losing their only son, Leland Jr., just before his 16th birthday, they were compelled to enshrine his memory in a meaningful way. The resulting museum and university they founded not only secured young Leland’s place in history, artist Mark Dion argues that this particular death changed the world. Dion’s exhibition, The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford, is now open at the Cantor Arts Center.