Guardians: Photographs by Andy Freeberg, an Exhibition in Three Parts

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The exhibition, presented in three galleries, features 16 critically acclaimed portraits of art museum guards in contemporary Russia and four recently commissioned photographs of the Cantor Arts Center's own security staff.

Andy Freeberg is a San Francisco-based photojournalist whose assignments for magazines such as Fortune, Time and Sports Illustrated have taken him across the world.

The "Guardian" photographs came about when Freeberg traveled to Russia in 2008 intending to document the country's evolution since his last visit in the 1980s. But once there, Freeberg focused his lens on the retirement-aged women guarding treasured paintings and sculptures in St. Petersburg and Moscow. He was struck by how the guards unconsciously resembled and complemented the objects in their care. For example, one woman wore a sweater trimmed with the same blue that Henri Matisse used in the painting she sat below. Another sat cross-armed, her bare forearms as muscular and pale as those in the Michelangelo plaster casts around her.

In a short documentary film, "Guards on Film: Andy Freeberg and Cantor Arts Center Security Staff," Cantor guards discuss the nature of their work in the galleries. The film, produced by Justin Warren, Stanford class of '09, runs alongside Freeberg's portraits of the Cantor guards.

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Cantor Arts Center
328 Lomita Dr
Palo Alto, CA
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    328 Lomita Dr, Palo Alto, CA