Announcement: Gallery Reinstallation

Stanford, Calif., July 28, 2016—On August 8, 2016, several of the second floor galleries of the Cantor Arts Center will close and a major reinstallation will begin. This is the most significant reimagining of the museum’s permanent collection galleries in many years. The exhibition Object Lessons: Art & Its Histories, opening September 15, 2016, marks an exciting evolution in the life of the museum. See map


The Cantor Arts Center is focused on what it means to experience and study art at a university art museum in the 21st century. The arts are integral to a Stanford University education––and to what Stanford offers the community and the world. The new galleries will be designed for teaching and arranged to inspire critical interpretation and imaginative thinking by faculty, students, and museum visitors.

Organized around the Stanford art history curriculum, the exhibition reflects the museum’s deepening commitment to academic engagement, teaching through works of art, and belief in the power of close looking.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is central to the Cantor’s mission, and Object Lessons powerfully demonstrates the benefits of combining multiple voices and approaches to thinking about objects. The exhibition’s layout and interpretive texts will reflect diverse perspectives and ideas from Cantor curators and Stanford faculty.

Beloved favorites and never-before-seen works will offer new insight on the ways art objects help us understand our histories, the current moment, and possible trajectories in the future. We look forward to opening the galleries on September 15, 2016, and stepping into the next phase of the Cantor Arts Center. Come visit us and celebrate our exciting new fall exhibitions!

Gallery reinstallation: August 1 ‐ September 14, 2016

Galleries closing immediately: Gallery for Early European Art and Ancient Greece & Rome

Galleries closing on August 8:
Robert Mondavi Family Gallery
Marie Stauffer Sigall Gallery
Oshman Family Gallery

All Galleries Reopen: September 15, 2016

Currently on view:

Cantor Arts Center
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is a vital and dynamic institution with a venerable history. Founded in 1891 with the university, the historic museum was expanded and renamed in 1999 for lead donors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor. The Cantor’s encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years, includes more than 40,000 artworks and beckons visitors to travel around the world and through time: from Africa to the Americas to Asia, from classical to contemporary. With 24 galleries presenting selections from the collection and more than 20 special exhibitions each year, the Cantor serves Stanford’s academic community, draws art lovers from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond and attracts campus visitors from around the world. Free admission, free tours, lectures, family activities plus changing exhibitions make the Cantor one of the most well-attended university art museums in the country and a great resource for teaching and research on campus.

The Cantor collects, preserves and studies art from all cultures and periods, serving Stanford University and the public through exhibitions and programs that inspire the understanding and enjoyment of art.

Visitor Information
Admission to the Cantor Arts Center is free. Docents offer a variety of free art tours Wednesday through Sunday. The Cantor is open six days a week: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., plus Thursday until 8 p.m.; closed on Tuesday. The Cantor is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free on weekends and after 4 p.m. weekdays. For more visitor information, call 650-723-4177 or visit the museum’s Web site at

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Notes to Editors
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