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A Change of Scenery: Photographs of Leisure in the Landscape

A Change of Scenery: Photographs of Leisure in the Landscape

February 8–July 16, 2023

A black and white photograph of a couple with child in the woods

Robert Frank (American, born in Switzerland, 1924–2019), Couple with Child Sleeping in Woods, c. 1950. Gelatin silver print. Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. Gift of Raymond B. Gary, 1984.493.94 © June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation


Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery (211)


A Change of Scenery: Photographs of Leisure in the Landscape surveys ways of “being” in the landscape, encompassing common activities like sight-seeing, recreation, and play, and affective states like joy, intimacy, affinity, and belonging. Featuring approximately 55 American photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries from the Cantor collection depicting people in various outdoor public spaces, this single-gallery exhibition considers the importance of access to nature and leisure, what access entails, and how it shapes identity.


This exhibition is organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge support from the Halperin Exhibitions Fund.


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