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Showcases for Art in Silicon Valley: at Stanford University, an Arts District Grows

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The birthplace of Yahoo and Google, Stanford University is now ramping up and showing off its cultural resources.

Construction of a $235 million arts district near Palm Drive, the grand tree-lined campus entrance, is well underway here. Last year, the $112 million Bing Concert Hall opened. This year came the $36 million Anderson Collection, a new American-art museum designed to showcase paintings by Pollock, Rothko and Diebenkorn. Next up is the $87 million McMurtry Building for the art and art history department, to open in 2015.