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Enjoy summer with art from around the world

The Cantor offers a wide-ranging selection of artworks from around the world representing 5,000 years of history.

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Kenneth Tam (American, born in 1982), All of M, 2019. Single-channel HD video, color, sound, 11 min 50 sec. Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Robert and Pauline Sears Fund, 2023.53. All images courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, Mexico City.


Current exhibitions feature 1930s photography, protest prints made across six centuries, and video work by Kenneth Tam that investigates gender expression and the high school prom.

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Our sculpture gardens and outdoor areas invite casual gatherings and offer space for reflection and contemplation.

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Tootsie’s offers Italian delights in a casual and relaxing atmosphere.



On View at the Cantor

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Edward Weston, Nude (Charis) Floating, 1939. Gelatin silver print. © 2022 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University, 2019.48.323

Reality Makes Them Dream: American Photography, 1929–1941

Now through July 30, 2023

Against the typical history of 1930s photography that views the work of this period as primarily documentary, this exhibition contends that a key goal for artists of this period was to use photography to ignite the imagination.


A Change of Scenery: Photographs of Leisure in the Landscape

Now through July 16, 2023

This exhibition 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.

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Printing Protest

Now through August 27, 2023

Printing Protest explores printmaking as a means for the artistic expression of social and political protest from the sixteenth century through the present.

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Exhibitions Coming Soon

A sneak peek of what’s coming to the Cantor

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Beyond Here: The Judy and Sidney Zuber Collection of Latin American Photography

This single-gallery exhibition features 35 works by Latin American photographers. It includes work by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, Flor Garduño, Javier Silva Meinel, and Marta María Pérez Bravo, among others from 10 Latin American countries.




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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