Madeleine Albright was named the first female Secretary of State in 1997, and became, at the time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the US government. This exhibition features more than 200 pins which she famously used to make poignant diplomatic statements. Albright used jewelry as a form of communication after Saddam Hussein’s press referred to her as an “unparalleled serpent.” She responded by wearing a golden snake brooch to her next meeting with Iraqi officials.
This brief talk relays the history of the Legion of Honor that are tall but true. They involve a benefactress who was a force of nature (Alma Spreckels), as well as a prince in Paris, a self-proclaimed emperor, a pioneer of modern dance, San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a former cemetery-turned-golf course, and more—not to mention great art!
The mysterious Le Nain brothers – Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu – were celebrated painters in Paris in the early 17th century. Little is known of their lives; unmarried and childless, they lived and worked together, producing some of the most arresting paintings of their time. This exhibition features over 50 of their works, from religious paintings to enigmatic scenes of peasant life.
The Le Nain brothers – Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu – were celebrated painters in Paris in the early 17th century. Little is known of their lives; unmarried and childless, they lived and worked together, producing some of the most arresting paintings of their time. This exhibition features more than 50 of their works, from religious paintings to enigmatic scenes of peasant life.
The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France is the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the Le Nain brothers—Antoine (ca. 1598–1648), Louis (ca. 1600/1605–1648) and Mathieu (ca. 1607–1677). This presentation features more than 40 of the brothers’ works that highlights their full artistic production, and is organized in conjunction with the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, and the Musée du Louvre-Lens, France.
Be inspired by the Brothers Le Nain and create your own artwork in a project designed for all ages by teaching artists Suzanne Couture and Jennifer Ewing.
Learn more about the exhibition The Brother Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France.
Join a museum docent on a tour of the European art collection.
The Legion of Honor Museum will be hosting a special school-only lecture geared toward middle and high school students by former US Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Throughout history, many artists have approached the book as a particular kind of challenge: an invitation to imagine its form and its future in their own terms. The merging of narrative and image has a rich history that spans thousands of years—from cave drawings to illuminated manuscripts, the visions of William Blake, and contemporary books—but the artist’s book only came into its own as a recognized genre in the twentieth century. Join prominent historians, artists, curators, and scholars as we explore the past, present, and future of this vital, engaging art form.
This groundbreaking exhibition is the first to be devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s career, from 1858 to1872, examining. How the artist integrated multiple influences to develop his own radical signature style. This workshop will include curriculum materials, gallery- viewing prompts, a contextual presentation, and studio activity. The program is designed for teachers of grades K–12.