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Summer at the Cantor

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Hello, Cantor

The Cantor offers an impressive selection of classic and contemporary art installed in a unique blend of beautiful galleries and open spaces.

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A great summer plan

We offer free, all-day reservations and careful policies for a safe and memorable  visit. It is a summer plan so great, even the art from our next-door neighbor, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, comes to visit!

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Explore our exhibitions, enjoy a picnic on the lawns and discover a whole new way to experience art with family and friends.

On View at the Cantor

Learn more about what's on view

The Anderson at Cantor

This installation celebrates a special loan of five highlights of American abstract painting from the Anderson Collection at Stanford University by Richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still.

AN image depicting two people admiring the loans from the Anderson Collection at the Cantor

Ian Cheng: Emissary Sunsets the Self

Ian Cheng: Emissary Sunsets The Self explores cognitive evolution and the conditions that shape it. Created with a video game engine, the work generates open-ended animations without fixed outcomes—a format the artist calls “live simulation.”

Still from Emissary Sunsets The Self, 2017. Live simulation and story.

The Melancholy Museum

Using over 700 items from the Stanford Family Collections, artist Mark Dion’s exhibition explores how Leland Stanford Jr.’s death at age 15 led to the creation of a museum, university, and—by extension—the entire Silicon Valley.

Exhibitions Coming Soon

And a sneak peek of what’s coming to the Cantor

Paper Chase: Ten Years of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Cantor

Experience over 100 acquisitions to the Cantor’s collection that investigate issues of identity, social justice, and humanity’s changing relationship with nature.

A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks

An exhibition celebrating work by groundbreaking African American artist Gordon Parks, who used his camera to confront racism and  also represent creativity and endurance.

Museum Hours

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.

You can also explore Stanford art museums from the comfort of your home in Museums From Home.

Museums From Home: Watch, read, listen and explore Stanford art museums from home.

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, and physical statio. 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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