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Welcome to the Cantor Arts Center

The Cantor Arts Center is temporarily closed.
To comply with state guidance, public access to campus is limited, including to our outdoor art.
Click here for additional information related to the museums’ response to Covid-19.
The Medium is the Message: Art since 1950 Virtual Tour

Virtual tours are here!

Experience the Stanford art museums wherever you are. A 360-degree immersive tour is now available for the exhibition The Medium is the Message: Art since 1950.

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WATCH | Digital Programs

Museums From Home Artist Talks: A series of conversations with leading contemporary artists

The power of art to connect us and transform our thinking remains, even when we can’t be physically together.

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READ | A Message from the Vice Presidency for the Arts

Stanford Office of the Vice President for the Arts stands in solidarity with Black students, colleagues, artists and activists fighting against the racial violence, inequality and systemic injustice.

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A message from the Vice Presidency for the Arts at Stanford

EXPLORE | The Melancholy Museum

When Jane and Leland Stanford experienced the immense pain of losing their only son, Leland Jr., just before his 16th birthday, they were compelled to enshrine his memory in a meaningful way.

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Upcoming Programs

Tuesday October 20, 2020 | 7:00PM-7:45PM

Sunday November 8, 2020 | 11:00AM-11:30PM

Plans ‘in the trash can’: remote learning forces US college museums to get creative

Closures, postponements and sharp reductions in programming prompt soul-searching—and innovation—among institutions.

The move by America’s colleges and universities to go partially, or entirely, remote this autumn has thrown college museums into a period of prolonged uncertainty.

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 The University of Michigan Museum of Art has set up socially distanced study pods in its atrium so that students starved of campus space for study and reflection can book slots

The art of adapting: Creatives focus on the divine — and the sublime — this fall

Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection have both been closed since shelter-in-place orders were issued this spring and will remain shuttered for the time being. But their Museums From Home program is offering a variety of new ways to experience art at the two institutions, even when it's not possible to be there in person.


Emily Scott as God in Palo Alto Players' "An Act of God." Image: Scott Lasky Photography.