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Cantor Arts Center

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

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Make a day of it!

We offer free, all-day reservations. Come to the Cantor in the morning, spend some time at our recently opened café, then stop by to visit our next-door neighbors at the Anderson Collection. They offer free, all-day reservations too!

Make your visit a savory summer adventure of classic and contemporary art in the mid peninsula!



On View at the Cantor

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LJ Roberts (American, born in 1980), Hannah (HH) Hiaasen and Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, 2020-2021. Embroidery on cotton. © LJ Roberts. Courtesy the artist and Hales, London and New York

LJ Roberts (American, born in 1980), Hannah (HH) Hiaasen and Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, 2020-2021. Embroidery on cotton. © LJ Roberts. Courtesy the artist and Hales, London and New York

LJ Roberts: Carry You With Me

April 27, 2022–November 27, 2022

A long-term, ongoing project by LJ Roberts, consisting of 26 six-by-four-inch embroidered portraits of the artist’s friends, collaborators, and lovers within New York’s queer and trans communities.


A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks

February 23, 2022–July 3, 2022

Gordon Parks work as a photographer, writer, composer, and filmmaker repeatedly wrecked the barriers set against African Americans.This installation foregrounds the significance of portraits—of known, infamous, or anonymous subjects—to Parks’ documentary work.

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Ian Cheng: Emissary Sunsets The Self

June 30, 2021–ONGOING

Emissary Sunsets The Self takes place thousands of years in the future, in an environment governed by a sentient AI. While fantastical, Cheng’s artwork demonstrates the value of simulations to making the intricate and complex systems undergirding human life comprehensible.

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



Exhibitions Coming Soon

A sneak peek of what’s coming to the Cantor

An image of artist Ruth Asawa infront of her Wall of Masks

Ruth Asawa with life masks on the exterior wall of her house. Photography by Terry Schmitt. ARTWORK: Untitled (LC.012 Wall of Masks), c. 1966–2000. Ceramic, bisque-fired clay. Courtesy David Zwirner. Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Art Acquisition Fund, 2020.172.1–233 © 2022 Ruth Asawa Lanier, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


The Faces of Ruth Asawa

Opens July 6

The Faces of Ruth Asawa is an installation of Asawa’s little-known and never exhibited clay mask sculptures.

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At Home/On Stage: Asian American Representation in Photography and Film

Opens August 31

At Home/On Stage explores how Asian American artists’ work participates in conversations around identity and representation.

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East of the Pacific: Making Histories of Asian American Art

Opens September 28

This historical survey showcases the Cantor’s ever-growing collection of Asian American art, the majority of which was acquired since 2018.

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Visit Us

The Cantor is open to the public, Wednesdays–Sundays 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. We’re always free. Advance registration is not required, but it helps us plan if we know who's coming.

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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

How to Get Here


Parking is limited. Stanford has a new contactless process to pay for parking, using the ParkMobile app, website, or phone. 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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