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Feast your eyes on light and shadow! Modern art! Classical art! Roving exhibitions that come and go like dessert nomads seeking a new oasis or audience. Like a thirsty camel seeks water. These Waves of colors and form are the first things that greet you upon entering this sublime marble museum. I love the permanent Rodin exhibition so much I'd marry it ... if it were legal and not contrary to the social mores of our philistine society. Oh well, I'm sure a marital union between flesh and bronze statues would never last the scorn of art critics much less on the molecular level. Yes it's FREE! You can still unburden your wallet and donate if your philanthropical ya-yas swing that way. Also, I highly recommend checking out the events calendar online. There is always something artistically intoxicating brewing, like the opportunity to meet local artists kicking off exhibitions and a panoply of talks that tickle your art appreciation frontal lobes.
I have frequented the Cantor Arts Center many times over the course of 5 years. I have never had an issue until my visit today. As an artist, I consider this place a personal haven and a source of inspiration. It is a place where I take my closest friends and loved ones to show them how lovely the works are. When I had visited around 12pm today, I decided to bring my fiancé because he had never been. We live out of town, driving an hour and a half to the art center. As soon as we get there, we're excited because I've been talking about this place for a long time and we finally had the time to visit. We begin to walk around, minding our own business, not being loud or disrespectful, and definitely not touching anything. At the ofrenda outside, there were instructions to take a piece of paper and write down a loved ones name on it and place it directly on the ofrenda. As I'm writing, a guard briskly walks over to us, telling us to stay even farther away from the work. I did as I was told, left my paper and stood a good distance from the installation. As the guard left, another employee comes outside and stands right next to me and my fiancé, asking us "Hmm, what is this called?" You work here. You know what this is lol. At this point we just walked away completely. Couldn't enjoy it anymore. After a few minutes, we entered the Baroque room with all my favorite paintings. I stood next to the Virgin Mary painting, not close at all, because I wanted a photo with it. A guard from across the room raised his voice lecturing us about distance. We do as we're told and leave the room. Couldn't enjoy it anymore. Throughout the visit, my fiancé and I were followed around by guards in every room. There were plenty of other people around being loud and climbing all over works and taking photos way too close with the artwork. We were definitely singled out and it's humiliating. There was even a woman who had her child sit by a ledge inside the building next to a statue with a guard standing right where they can see them. Nothing was done about it. The work was so beautiful but it means nothing when these miserable guards stalk and scream at anyone who seems questionable. We're both teachers in our late 20s who work with children, not some thugs who want to damage artwork. Our experience was ruined and we're never coming back here. I'll make sure to let friends know not to come here.
It is a very impressive collection - it's like a very mini met. It is two floors. And there are several exhibits and wings on each floor. We spent about hour there. The exterior and interior is also a showstopper. There's the grand entrance with columns and steps. All that said, this is a free art museum on the Stanford campus. It's like the type of art museum you would expect to find when visiting a new city, and there are long lines because it's a major tourist destination. So would say this is a hidden gem. This is a free museum for all. Outside the museum are a few parking spots (just paid ~$5 for parking).
Cantor is a diamond of an art museum to me. It's multifaceted and beautiful. I cannot believe that it's free to enter and explore this magical place! I am amazed! Besides a small parking fee, the entire experience costs close to nothing. With two floors, Cantor is full of galleries and exhibitions. The museum has pretty much everything: Oceanic Art, Asian Art, African Art, European Art, Indigenous American Art, Contemporary Art...you name it! They also had a few really insightful and cool exhibitions (Andy Warhol, Do Ho Suh's "The Spaces In Between," etc). I just felt that the entire museum as well as the exhibitions really portrayed the message that everyone, regardless of differences, matters. It was not only the art but the architecture of the place that really made this experience amazing. It was magical turning corners and climbing up stairs to be pleasantly surprised by one beautiful display after another. I fell in love with this place! Yeah...even the employees were helpful and nice! Note: You really need at least two hours to enjoy this place to the fullest.
We were grabbing a quick lunch at the adjacent Cool Café and noticed that they had a new Warhol exhibit and simply could not resist heading over to take a look. This particular exhibit is title "Photography Without End" and features the artists painting coordinated with the photographs he took as part of the process in many cases. The photos are presented as the contact sheets and negatives that the artist shot. Its a fascinating glimpse in to his process and many of the contact sheets contain marks and cuts by Warhol as he looks at the pictures he took. From the Cantor web site " Photographs by Andy Warhol that have never before been displayed publicly are at the heart of the exhibition Contact Warhol: Photography Without End, which draws on a trove of over 130,000 photographic exposures that the Cantor Arts Center acquired from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2014. The collection of 3,600 contact sheets and corresponding negatives represent the complete range of Warhol's black-and-white photographic practice from 1976 until his unexpected death in 1987. " They also include and interactive touchscreen exhibit that allows you search through thousands of negatives and enlarge them to see all of the detail. Be forewarned that several of the pictures and photos have strong adult themes. As always this is one of the best free art museum's around and paired with the Anderson right next door it is rapidly beginning to pull closer to the Getty in LA.
The art collection is impressive but the security guards can take a hike. I couldn't go five steps without one of them hassling me about something or other. Once I was told I must hold my daughters hands AT ALL TIMES. We left early because I was in tears by the end of it. BTW I'm a white woman with a very well-behaved and quiet four-year-old. I can only imagine how POC are treated here. Avoid if you don't Ike being treated like a criminal for trying to enjoy art!
They are re doing a couple of sections. Entrance is free with a tour at 1pm. Parking $2 per hour. Nice area. And they have a cafe. Many different types of exhibits. European , Aftrican , Mexican and modern. Always a treat to go. Entrance is amazing!
It's a BIG MUSEUM but it's nice to take kids that appreciate art. The exhibits change over time so it has a fresh feel the next time you visit. It is free. If the children can't stand at a safe distance from each pieces, don't go. The art pieces are within reach. Parking is limited depending on which day you visit. I would recommend the parking in front of the museum. I am able to get parking waiting after a while. The next best location is the visitor center or the indoor parking behind the museums (Cantor and Anderson). I saw signs to keep windows closed and valuables out of sight. This is common knowledge among anywhere you go so be aware.
I have made it a point to visit as many local museums as I can at least once. I'm still making my way through the list of local museums to visit, but so far this one is my favorite. This is my favorite local museum for two major reasons: 1.) They regularly change their exhibitions. Nowhere else in the area can you find a museum of this caliber and quality and at no cost to the visitor. Of course you are encouraged to donate. Which brings me to the second reason why I love this museum. 2.) On the weekend both parking and admission is FREE! Admission is always free but the parking is only free on the weekends and on weekdays after 4PM. I love this museum so much that it is difficult for me to pick an exhibition I enjoyed the most! However I still recall my very first visit and the thrill of seeing my first Monet and first Georgia O'Keeffe paintings in person! As an art lover it truly was a highlight to see those pieces of artwork up close. I follow this museum on social media and check their website regularly so as to keep an eye on any new exhibitions, events, lectures, tours, and family activities. I suggest you do the same if you are planning on making a visit. On my last visit I saw Josiah McElheny: Island Universe. It is "a visual response to recent theories of the multiverse, an elaboration of the Big Bang theory." The exhibition consists of five hanging chandeliers made of chromed-plated aluminum metal, transparent handblown and molded glass, electric lighting, and rigging. In my opinion, it's a visual representation of when art and science collide! I love the midcentury design style and would love a version of one of these hanging chandeliers in my home! On a much smaller scale of course. The point is if you are not a fan of art paintings, in a traditional sense, there is also mixed media art, sculptures, photography, pottery and artifacts from all over the word. Some exhibitions have audio and video that goes along with the piece. There is always something interesting to see and hear! Keep in mind that art is subjective. You may not understand it initially but give it time. Have an open mind. If in the end you still don't understand the artist's intention that is okay. Interpretation can differ from person to person but that's just fine. That's what makes art fun. It makes you think outside the box. How boring life would be if we saw everything the same. How boring life would be without art! Be sure to check out every room as well as explore the exterior of the museum. Artist Richard Serra's "Sequence" was on display outside of the museum on our last visit. It's a massive, 235 tons steel sculpture! We walked through it and it made me feel like we were in a metal maze! There is an Auguste Rodin installation that is an ongoing exhibition that spans three galleries and a Rodin Sculpture Garden found at the exterior of the museum. This museum features nearly 100 Auguste Rodin sculptures! The largest collection of sculptures by Rodin in an American museum! So if you are an Auguste Rodin art fan you will absolutely love this museum. There are other ongoing exhibitions that are permanent installations so if you frequent this museum you will see exhibitions that you have seen before. However on my last visit I was kicking myself for skipping an area of the museum that I assumed was left unchanged only to find out later that I missed an exhibition that I had not yet seen. The moral of the story is that it is important to check out every room and the perimeter of the building so as to not miss anything. As far as the length of time it would take you to comfortably view everything: I would say that it would take you about a couple hours or so to walk-through the interior and exterior of the entire building. That is if you don't stop to listen to the audio or watch the videos that are played on a loop, which sometimes accompanies certain art pieces and vary in length of play time. You might also be at the museum longer than a couple hours if you stop by their café. I personally haven't visited the Cantor Café so I can't review that portion of the museum but I hear they have gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, daily specials, desserts, and even wine, port, and beer! The building itself is a work of art. Marble staircase and marble walls at the lobby area with lovely windows on the ceilings that light up the museum with warm, natural lighting. Wheelchair accessible and equipped with an elevator. Clean, spacious restrooms. Honestly I have no criticism whatsoever for this wonderful museum! The Cantor is one of the most visited university art museums in the country and after one visit you will see why that is the case.
Cantor is a pretty neat museum in the area that has a variety of cool exhibits from different periods, but if I recall, had a bigger influence of contemporary at the time I went which was cool. Best part is it is a free museum. Staff was nice and mindful of people taking photos only in areas that were allowed. It's a two story building so don't forget to check upstairs, where they seem to more likely feature rotating artists!
I've been here a couple times and enjoyed it, but my recent visit was a bust. The guards were rude and overzealous. When I entered the first gallery, a guard immediately called me over and told me to move my medium-sized crossbody purse from the back to the front. He was not the slightest bit friendly, and when I asked why, he acted exasperated and disapproving. "Because you could SMACK the art." I hadn't even approached any paintings yet, but OK. When I entered another gallery, a guard promptly told me how many feet of distance to keep from the artwork and where I could and couldn't take pictures from. (Again, I hadn't even approached the artwork yet.) Then the fire alarm went off, and my visit was over after less than 15 minutes. While an old woman and I walked toward the elevator, guards yelled at us and told us to "leave immediately!" OK. No art for me.
An impressive and eclectic museum -- where you can spend a day exploring many diverse collections -- ranging from Egyptian - to Modern - to Native American - to specialty shows (like Russian Revolutionary art) to an extraordinary selection of Rodin sculptures located both inside the museum and outside in the Rodin sculpture garden. The building itself is impressive -- built in the late 19th century and rebuilt several times since -- owing to the effects of earthquakes and such. Lots of marble and vaulted ceilings. Interestingly -- the original architect had the foresight to use reinforced poured concrete for the main structure -- which of course preserved most of it through two earthquakes -- and allowed for the addition of several wings over time -- with further strengthening. If you are in Stanford -- make time to view the Cantor collection. It is first rate and the staff is eager, polite and knowledgeable. Ask them for insight into the collection -- they enjoy sharing. Top Tips: Admission is free -- but parking is not. Numbered spots are metered and ubiquitous throughout the Stanford campus. You self pay via electronic kiosks -- the system can text/email you when your time is almost up. I parked in the Galvez lot a few blocks away from the museum -- which was empty on a Friday -- and we took in an enjoyable stroll to and from the Center -- along nicely manicured and well marked walking paths and very fragrant groves of Eucalyptus trees. Oh -- but keep an eye out for bicyclists, Segway's and all manner of human powered locomotion. Speeding students almost waffled me a few times. I guess the mad rush to invent the next new new thing around here can be pretty darn energizing. :)
Donation based museum in local Palo Alto with an extensive collection ranging at least two millennia to contemporary. There's several exhibits at any one time, and they have art from around the world. For example, when we went, we saw an exhibit of modern African art juxtaposed with classical pieces to better understand the context. There's also quite a bit of East Asian art along with an upstairs contemporary gallery with some small interactive exhibits and a lovely library. I skimmed through a text on color, which I never would have encountered otherwise. In addition, the museum's architecture is gorgeous. It blends classical elements like ornate pillars with more modern ones, such as sharply geometric skylights. Fitting, since the museum's exhibits span millennia and the globe. Finally, outside is the Rodin sculptural garden and the famous Gates of Hell.
A free, beautiful museum. It's donation-based, so please donate. The Rodin collection is fantastic and you can spend an hour just looking at those. And then there is always a visiting exhibit, which can be hit or miss, as they often are. But as it's free, you can come again and again. The walk around the museum is also lovely, so it's a good place to bring out-of-town visitors, or to just have to some quiet time.
As a proud Cal alumnus (go Golden Bears!), I find nothing more satisfying than bragging to my friends about how much better UC Berkeley is than Stanfurd. However, if there is one thing that I have to concede time and time again to this private school across the Bay, it's that Stanford University has a world-class collection of art. Recently, my girlfriend and I were looking for indoor "adult" activities to escape the weekend downpour. While searching through Yelp, we came across Stanford's Cantor Arts Center. Seeing that the museum was 100% FREE, we immediately decided to go. After 2 hours of adventuring and edumacating, I hate to admit that the Cantor Arts Center is a MUST-VISIT. The Cantor Arts Center is one of several such installations on the Stanford campus. This museum is gorgeous, grand, and diverse in its collection of art. When we went, there were at least 14 different exhibits on display - about half of which were continuing and the other half were new. I just loved the fact that each exhibit was totally unique, beautiful, and mystifying in its own way. For example, Nina Katchadourian's Curiouser taught me to appreciate sound in a more light-hearted way. And Rodin's sculptures - even though I've seen them before at the San Francisco Legion of Honor (https://www.yelp.com/biz/legion-of-honor-san-francisco) - showed me the power of expression and posture. My favorite though had to be Duane Hanson's Slab Man. This life-sized replica of a working man looked SO REAL! Regardless of how much you like art, I guarantee that you will appreciate how aesthetically pleasing the Cantor Arts Center is. From the gigantic marble staircase at the entrance to the relaxing viewpoint on the second floor, every inch of this two-story museum is going to be absolute eye candy. Even if you just ignore the art and spend all your time taking pictures of the scenery, you can definitely get lost here for hours; that's how big the museum is! When planning your trip, note that the art museum is located near Stanford's main quad at the circle. The really nice thing about this spot is that it blends in flawlessly with the campus; you can easily stop by while touring around the school. I recommend coming on the weekends because parking is free and traffic shouldn't be too bad since students aren't roaming around. We drove in around 2pm on a Saturday and immediately found a spot next to the museum. Out of all the activities I have done in the Bay Area, visiting Stanford's Cantor Arts Center has to be near the top in terms of getting the most "bang for your buck." I mean, it's not even a competition because you can literally spend an eternity here FOR FREE! Even now, I'm still surprised Stanford has such a beautiful and massive collection of art that's so accessible to the public. But hey, I guess that's the benefit of all the private funding? Thank you Stanford for showing me again that you're not as bad as I thought. I give your Cantor Arts Center an "omg, I'd travel two, no FOUR HOURS for this" rating. You bet I'll be back to check out the Anderson Art Collection and Rodin's Sculpture Garden. Have fun and prosper,
Excellent rotating and permanent exhibitions. Free to the public. Can take free Stanford shuttle from Palo Alto Caltrain to the museum.
This place is on campus at Stanford University. It is free and a great museum. It is quite expansive and well-maintained. We went after 5 on Thursday and parking was free at that time too. It was a really neat place to look around for a few hours. There were many interesting exhibits. Our kids enjoyed it even though there were some points I almost had a heart attack trying to keep them from touching/breaking things. There is security everywhere. The staff is overall friendly. My favorite exhibits were the Island Universe and Do Ho Suh's The Spaces in Between. The island universe consisted of aluminum, glass, lights and was visually stunning. Do Ho Suh's artwork consisted of many small figures perfectly positioned on top of each other. It looks just like a colorful wall until you look closer and see many small figures that make it up. There is also a beautiful chandelier hanging that also is composed of figures all intertwined with each other. If you don't look closely, you'd miss the details within it. Overall, great place to go. Many things there to appreciate and learn about. Clean, spacious, great experience.
Magnificent. Just magnificent. All the exhibits were far more interesting than anything I've seen at the Getty. I enjoyed all the interactive fun looking for faces on one of the exhibits and the staff was so nice! They were welcoming and very informative. Not to mention the beautiful architecture here is a photographers dream. I took so many photos here lol
Absolute gem with a vast collection of Rodin and cultural art exhibitions. We had so much fun exploring and learning the intimate details of the artists and their influences through art.
I made a visit here with a friend. It was free entrance Sunday we went. It is great to appreciate art once in a while. I am definitely not the artist of the family, so I can appreciate experts at their craft. I must say this a great place to take pictures. The Cantor arts museum is definitely worth a visit. It is beautiful and grand inside and they have a nice selection of art- paintings, sculptures, from different cultures. It has an air of freshness. There is a good mix of modern art and ancient art. I look forward to seeing Cantor grow and getting more displays.
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