Special Events

Veteran's Day Film Screening: "Eleven"

November 11, 2016 - 2:00pm

After discovering his late grandfather's WWII Navy journal, film director George Retelas set out to capture the stories of the remaining air men that served with his grandfather. Eleven (2016, 120 min.) is a documentary film comprised of interviews by eleven WWII veterans from Carrier Air Group 11 told entirely in their own words, as the veterans recount their Naval Aviation tours off Guadalcanal Island and aboard the USS Hornet in the Pacific Theater. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the film's director.

ArtPoint Cocktail Party: "Pierre Bonnard"

Pierre Bonnard, Dancers, ca. 1896
March 3, 2016 -

Pierre Bonnard was in his 20s when turned his back on a conventional career and allowed himself to be seduced by a life of painting. Bring a little of that joie de vivre into your life (without sacrificing your steady paycheck) at a cocktail party that celebrates paintings full of light, color, and humor. This after-hours event features a special live performance by Trainees from the San Francisco Ballet School, guided tours of Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia, hosted cocktails, and light bites.

Guest Lecture: "Who is that Lady with the Unicorn? The Sitter in Raphael's Portrait" by Linda Wolk-Simon

Raphael (1483–1520), Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, ca. 1505–1506
January 9, 2016 -

Linda Wolk-Simon presents her proposed identification of the mysterious lady with the unicorn featured in Raphael's famous portrait.

Wolk-Simon is a leading Raphael specialist and Director and Chief Curator of the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University.

Italian Opera by Claudio Santome

Claudio Santome. Photo by Fatimata Vetu
January 9, 2016 -

Claudio Santome completed training as music teacher in Buenos Aires with a masters from the Teatro Colón where he also sung Giuseppe Verdi's Aida. After emigrating to the US in 1997, he performed Ariel Ramirez's Misa Criolla in California, Michigan, Switzerland, Italy, and Argentina. He specializes in Belcanto repertoire singing from Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, and Puccini. In the symphonic repertoire, he sung Carmina Burana, as tenor and baritone, Gustav Mahler's Ruckert and Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

Opening Day Celebration: "Sublime Beauty: Raphael's Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn"

Raphael (1483–1520), Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, ca. 1505–1506
January 9, 2016 -

To celebrate the opening of special exhibition Sublime Beauty: Raphael's Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, the Legion of Honor hosts an afternoon program featuring a scholarly lecture, Italian opera, art-making activities for all ages, and more.

Schedule of Events

12–1:30 pm, Gallery 10
Italian Opera by Claudio Santome

The Book of Gold on View for Veterans' Day

Cover of the Book of Gold
November 11, 2015 -

On Armistice Day in 1924, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor opened its doors to the public. Dedicated to the 3,600 California soldiers, sailors, and marines who gave their lives during World War I, the Legion of Honor pledged to “honor the dead while serving the living.”

Today, we celebrate the sacrifices of countless servicemen and women. To commemorate this meaningful day, the Book of Gold, listing those Californians who died in World War I, will be on display.


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