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The Early Twentieth Century
Ongoing Exhibition

The Early Twentieth Century

September 1, 2021–

A cityscape from the early twentieth century by Edward Hopper
Marie Stauffer Sigall Gallery


The Cantor Arts Center's collection of art created in the first half of the twentieth century explores how artists broke radically with the past by experimenting with new and modern styles. Working in Europe and the United States, these artists pushed the boundaries of traditional art-making by collapsing pictorial space and embracing abstract representations of the body. The works on view in this gallery—all examples of new approaches to visualizing modernity—helped set the stage for much of the art produced today.


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





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The Cantor is open to the public at 100% indoor capacity. Free, all-day reservations are required for all visitors, including members. Get yours here.

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Map and Directions

The Cantor Arts Center is located at the intersection of Museum Way and Lomita Drive in the heart of the arts district on the Stanford campus. The Cantor faces the Bing Concert Hall across Palm Drive, northwest of The Oval and the Main Quad.

328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way
Stanford, CA 94305-5060

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Parking is limited. Stanford has a new contactless web/app system to pay for parking. Prior to your visit, we recommend you visit the Stanford Transportation website to learn more about the updated visitor parking process.

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