Art for Art's Sake: Cult of Beauty Opening-Day Public Programs

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Planned design for Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper panel for 2/18 demonstration

The Legion of Honor transports you to London, England, during the time of Oscar Wilde for a look at the Aesthetic Movement. See how a rebellious group of young artists changed the culture with their vision of “art for art’s sake” as examined in the special exhibition The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900. Don’t miss an exclusive series of programs featuring music, costumes, hands-on art making, and more, presented on select Saturdays and Sundays throughout the exhibition. The dates of the series are 2/18, 2/26, 3/11, 3/18, 4/8 and 5/12.
Art for Art's Sake
noon–3 p.m. Programs & Live Music
Galleries 8,10 & 12

Bradbury&Bradbury Art Wallpapers
On opening day, participate in the artist's workshop for all ages, watch wallpaper demonstrations by Bradbury & Bradbury and enjoy performances by City Opera SF.
There will be hands-on art making for children and adults offered by the Museums’ Education Department.  Children are invited to make a stamp and create their own print inspired by images from the exhibition. Teenagers and adults will have an opportunity to make an origami box from wallpaper created by Bradbury & Bradbury.
Adele Crawford, stencil artistStencil demonstration
noon–3:00 p.m.
Gallery 12
For the past 25 years, Adele Crawford (left) has collaborated with home owners and interior designers to create unique, custom stencils, leafing, and glazing and performed color consulting. Her work has been seen in national and international design publications, as well as on the interior and exterior of a broad spectrum of structures in the Bay Area and around the country. Adele will be demonstrating the stenciling process from start to finish in Gallery 12. For more information on Adele's work, please go to her websites: adele crawford color + adele crawford
City Opera SF
Live music and hands-on art-making
noon–3:00 p.m.
Gallery 10
Soprano duo Stelle was created through the dynamic performances of City Opera SF, formed in November 2009. The duo of Jennifer Muhawi and Sibel Demirmen demonstrate a unique collaboration between two very distinguishable voices. One carries a rich, deeper sound, while the other complements with her colorful, "crystalline" coloratura range—a lovely combination that brings out the best in the romantic opera and pop-opera repertoire that Stelle performs so beautifully. City Opera SFwas born to offer extraordinary, classic, opera and pop-opera performances for the San Francisco Bay Area.
An afternoon of lively talks given by scholars in the field
1–4:30 p.m. Lectures
Florence Gould Theater
$5 Members / $8 Non-members
Tickets required. This ticket does not include entry to the special exhibition.
Dr. Lynn Federle Orr, Curator in Charge of European Art, FAMSF
Lecture: An overview of The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900
Dr. Margaretta Lovell, Jay D. McEvoy Jr. Professor of American Art and Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Lecture: Morris's Red House, Whistler's White House, and The Peacock Room
Dr. David Park Curry, exhibition curator and senior curator of Decorative Arts, American Painting & Sculpture at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Lecture: Punch & Jimmy:  Whistler, the Aesthetic Movement, and the Popular Press
Melissa Buron, Curatorial Assistant of European Art, FAMSF
Lecture: Oscar Wilde’s Wild West: Aestheticism Arrives in San Francisco
Cult of Beauty catalogClick on the photo at left to purchase the exhibition catalog, The Cult of Beauty:The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900, edited by Lynn Federle Orr & Stephen Calloway. It is also available at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museum Stores.
Upcoming Cult of Beauty Public Programs: 
Sunday, February 26: A Day of Satire with the Lamplighters Music Theatre
Sunday, March 11: Visions of Beauty—Inside the Victorian Artists Salon & Studio
Sunday, March 18: Fantasy, Science, and Magic
Sunday, April 8: A Victorian Easter Wonderland
Saturday, May 12: Muses, Music & Divas by leading academics Peter Trippi & Tim Barringer

Ticket Information

Programs are free after museum admission.

Tickets are required for the afternoon lectures and can be purchased online at or by calling 888-901-6645. This ticket does not include entry to the special exhibition.

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Contact Information

Gregory Stock