Legion of Honor Articles

By Danica Hodge, Editor, PublicationsIn 1989, the Fine Arts Museums became permanent caretakers for a very special musical instrument: a 1742 Guarneri violin, bequeathed by one of the world’s most accomplished and...
Our sense of a space is often deeply influenced by the lighting that reveals it. As the Salon Doré at the Legion of Honor was being reinstalled, curator Martin Chapman worked with San Francisco-based lighting company...
A large crowd mills about an art fair
On May 15—18 Art Market San Francisco, the Bay Area’s contemporary and modern art fair, returns to Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion for its fourth annual show. Engaging the interest of both active and new collectors, the fair...
A woman stands before eight colorful portraits hung in two rows of four.
On Saturday, April 12, the de Young, the Legion of Honor, and dozens of other museums and galleries around the world will participate in Slow Art Day. Like the National Day of Unplugging, which encourages people to power...
A shelf filled with books
Before I joined the Fine Arts Museums seven years ago as an editor, I did not know such a job existed in the museum world. It is not a role that merits much attention—in fact, the more invisible the editor’s hand, the better...
The backside of a painting with labels detailing its world travels
In keeping with the collaborative spirit of Matisse from SFMOMA, currently on view at the Legion of Honor, we’ve teamed up with SFMOMA to bring you this blog post, which originally appeared on SFMOMA’s Facebook...
The monumental tapestry (and the only one of its kind) The Triumph of Justice
For the first time ever, three prized tapestries from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection will be exhibited together in the Legion of Honor’s Gallery 1. The entire series, known as The Triumph...
The MakerBot
3D scanning and printing have made their mark on popular culture in the past couple of years with eye-catching headlines like “Researchers Closing in on Printing 3D Hearts” and “Tools of Modern Gunmaking.” Many museums have...
A conservator installing the web-like construction by Mattew Picton
In 2004 artist Matthew Picton laid a sheet of plastic over the cracks in the asphalt of a playground. He traced the cracks and painted them with black enamel paint. Then he carefully cut and burned away the plastic...

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