Skip to main content
Stanford University
Updates Related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates Related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Image by Fusion Medical

Changes to Stanford Art Museums programming will be provided here.
Please check back frequently.

October 14, 2020

Dear Friends of the Cantor and Anderson Collection at Stanford University:

As the season changes and brings with it continued uncertainty, we hope you are well and finding encounters with art and artists that bring a sense of peace in this challenging time.

We are delighted that cultural institutions in our region have begun to welcome back visitors and are eagerly envisioning the day we’ll be together again at Stanford’s art museums.

For now, we remain temporarily closed, which is likely to continue at least through early 2021. In compliance with state and county guidelines, including specific recommendations for institutions of higher education to maintain the safety of the campus and surrounding community, access to many parts of the university is limited to approved students, faculty and staff. Though our facilities, including our outdoor art, is currently inaccessible by visitors, Stanford anticipates restrictions will lift in accordance with public health orders as conditions improve. Our dedicated staff is working diligently to prepare for it and to enable a safe and healthy experience for all of our future guests.

We’ve said before that there is no substitute for experiencing art in person. Nevertheless, as the temporary closures extend, we are redoubling our commitment to provide resources for digital engagement that serve learners across our community now and in the future:

  • We invite you to view our newest virtual tours, which highlight Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker and our installation Richard Diebenkorn at the Cantor.
  • Cantor and Anderson Collection docents organized a lunchtime series of digital gallery talks highlighting works in the permanent collections for museum members. The next, hosted by Bill Bates and Suzanne Crocker on October 22, will explore “Masters of Mood and Place,” including Edward Hopper and Elmer Bischoff. If you are not already a museums member, we invite you to join online today to gain access to these enlightening events.
  • Later in the afternoon of October 22, Presidential Residency for the Future of the Arts recipient Eamon Ore-Giron will be in virtual conversation with poet and scholar Edgar Garcia to discuss the visual artist’s practice and relationship to the symbolism of gold, which will be in anticipation of his exhibition at the Anderson Collection this spring. You can register for the event here.
  • Finally, please watch our new curator-led learning guides and videos. We think you’ll be impressed!

After the New Year, we also hope to be able to welcome you into our galleries for the much-anticipated openings of When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art and Formed & Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics. We’ll share updates as they are available and look forward to everyone returning as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are grateful for every opportunity to connect and are thankful you are part of the arts at Stanford.


August 28, 2020

On August 7, the California Department of Public Health issued guidance for institutions of higher education as colleges and universities across the state work to resume operations curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines include limiting nonessential visitors from entering higher education campuses and utilizing campus resources.

To comply with this guidance, beginning September 1, Stanford is implementing zones that restrict the public from entering the newly established Academic Campus Zone in the center of campus and other areas with student housing and academic, athletic and cultural facilities, while continuing to allow public access in community zones that include the Dish area, the Arboretum and the golf course and driving range. More details about the program are available via Stanford News, and the university’s Health Alerts page

We anticipate these changes will be temporary and look forward to welcoming visitors back as public health conditions improve.


March 27, 2020

With the health and safety of our community top of mind, the Cantor and Anderson Collection at Stanford University are extending their closures beyond the original timeline of April 15, 2020. A new reopening date has yet to be set.

We are also anticipating further adjustments to our spring exhibition schedules, including for Paper Chase: Ten Years of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Cantor, Outside Looking In: John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, and Wright Morris, A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks and Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics.

We will provide additional updates as they are available.

We are regularly updating our Museums From Home web portal, and hope it provides an educational look at some of the art, artists and ideas that comprise our collections.

As always, thank you for your understanding and for being part of the museums at Stanford! We wish you and your family health, safety, and comfort during these times.


Susan and Jason



March 23, 2020


Dear Friends of the Cantor and Anderson Collection at Stanford University,

We are thinking of you during these challenging days. We wish you and your families our best and hope this finds each of you healthy.

As you likely know, we are temporarily closed. Though it’s important for us to remain physically apart, we continue to seek connection within our community.

While there is no substitute for experiencing art in person, our team compiled a digest of digital resources to explore until we can welcome you back. We hope our “Museums from Home” collection of online exhibitions, archives, recorded lectures and oral histories will convey, in some small way, the transformative power of art to help us feel united, seen and understood.


Susan and Jason



March 13, 2020


To supplement earlier changes, we are announcing that the cancelation of all museum-related public programs will be extended through May 15, 2020.

Updates will continue to be shared as they unfold; for the latest information from Stanford about its response to COVID-19, please visit

Our sustained appreciation for your flexibility and understanding at this time!



March 12, 2020

Out of an interest to further protect the wellbeing of our community, and under the guidance of Stanford Environmental Health & Safety, we are taking additional measures to promote public health at the museums by temporarily closing the Cantor and Anderson Collection at Stanford University to all visitors, effective at 11am PDT on Friday, March 13, 2020. This supplementary step extends our public closure to all Stanford ID holders and to all academic-related activities planned at both museums through April 15, 2020.

The latest updates from Stanford in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 can be found at



March 11, 2020


As Stanford continues to offer new guidance as part of its response to COVID-19, the Cantor and Anderson Collection at Stanford University are announcing additional updates:

  • SUSPENDED: All public programs at both museums are suspended through April 15, 2020
  • CANCELED: First Friday for Stanford students, scheduled for April 3, 2020, is canceled
  • CLOSED: The Cantor Café by Jesse Cool is closed through April 15, 2020

For the latest information from Stanford about its response to COVID-19, please visit

We extend our continued gratitude for your understanding and support as we work to address this evolving issue, and we wish the best to all members of the museum community. We are working to provide additional opportunities for digital engagement with our collections during this time, and will update this page when more information is available.



March 6, 2020

Please see an update, below, related to the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University’s ongoing response to COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus).

Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, March 7, 2020, the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University will temporarily close their galleries to the public while remaining open to support Stanford’s academic functions. We intend to reopen the museums to the public April 15, 2020. During this temporary closure to the public, a Stanford ID will be required for admission. Our outdoor spaces—including the Rodin Sculpture Garden—plan to remain open to all during this time.

This change, made in close conversation with Stanford Environmental Health and Safety and other leaders, is being implemented to promote the university’s teaching and research mission while taking measures to prevent the spread of the disease and ensure the well-being of our campus and community visitors, volunteers and staff.

We will continue to update the museums community through this information page.

For the latest updates from Stanford about its response to COVID-19, please visit

We understand this news may bring disappointment. Please accept our gratitude for your understanding and support as we work to address this evolving issue. We are eager to welcome the public back to our spaces soon.



March 5, 2020

In response to the university’s further guidance for efforts to prevent the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University are taking action to postpone or cancel additional upcoming programs beyond those communicated yesterday (please scroll down for details). Effective March 6, 2020:

  • CANCELED: All tours, public and private, at both museums are suspended through April 15, 2020
  • CANCELED: All volunteer programs, including all docent and visitor experience volunteer activities, at both museums are suspended through April 15, 2020
  • POSTPONED: Art & Wine Opening Reception for special guests in celebration of Formed & Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics scheduled for March 13, 2020 at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University (details for rescheduling will be forthcoming)

While some arts activities are being curtailed, both of Stanford’s art museums remain open during regular hours.

We remind visitors that the latest updates from Stanford about its response to COVID-19 are available at

Though these changes may bring disappointment, we deeply appreciate your understanding as we work together through these emerging issues. We will keep the museums’ community updated as event modifications may continue to unfold.



March 4, 2020

Stanford University is continually monitoring the status of COVID-19, also called novel coronavirus, with the health and well-being of our community in mind. Because of the evolving response to the presence of COVID-19 in California and in consultation with Stanford Environmental Health & Safety, we are acting out of caution to cancel or postpone upcoming museum events that are likely to draw large crowds or affect sensitive populations.

To support preventative care efforts on campus and beyond, we ask for your understanding as we make the following event changes:


  • CANCELED: Second Sunday: Family Day scheduled at the Cantor and Anderson for March 8 and on April 12
  • CANCELED: All regularly-scheduled public tours at both museums from today through April 15 (at present, tours are planned to resume April 16)
  • CANCELED: Member Morning in celebration of the opening of Paper Chase scheduled for April 4
  • POSTPONED: Bay Area Artadia Artists Panel with Angela Hennessy, Mike Henderson and Aleesa Alexander scheduled at the Cantor on March 12 (details for rescheduling will be forthcoming)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for most of the American public, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low, and there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any Stanford University location. Accordingly, the museums will remain open during regular hours. For supplementary protection, we are adding sanitizing stations, more frequent cleanings and additional signage with CDC health guidelines.

We encourage you to visit for the latest information and recommendations from Stanford’s experts. We wish you and your family our best during this time of uncertainty, and we will keep you updated with any future changes.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the arts at Stanford. We look forward to welcoming you to the Cantor and Anderson Collection at Stanford soon.


Susan Dackerman & Jason Linetzky


Susan Dackerman
John & Jill Freidenrich Director
Cantor Arts Center

Jason Linetzky
Anderson Collection at Stanford University