Legion of Honor Donor Preview
This event is expired.
Photo by Gary Sexton
To celebrate the reopening of the Legion of Honor and premiere of Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave and Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening? donors are invited to a full day of exclusive access to the entire museum to see these extraordinary exhibitions before they open to the public.
Access to the Legion of Honor Donor Preview is available to donors at the Fellow level and above, Legacy Society members, Business Council members, and exhibition and programs sponsors. Complimentary timed tickets are required and we encourage you to use your membership number to book these online in advance and ensure you can visit at the most convenient time for you.
This ticket provides admission to the entire museum, including the permanent collection, Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave, and Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?.
With questions about the Legion of Honor Donor Preview or to reserve tickets, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.750.3508.
Not a donor yet? Join today.
About the Exhibitions
Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave
In AD 79, the fiery eruption of Mount Vesuvius rocked the Bay of Naples. Pompeii and nearby villages and farms were completely buried under pumice and hot ash, which killed thousands in the midst of their daily activities. Plaster casts of these bodies are a dramatic reminder of this disaster but, like a fly caught in amber, what was preserved gives us a picture of what life was like in a thriving Roman city. Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave brings us back into this world by focusing on everyday life and especially on food and drink. Along with the pots, pans, and other paraphernalia in the distribution, preparing, and serving food, this exhibition includes glorious works of art, which reveal the splendor and luxury loved by the wealthy Romans who called Pompeii their home.
Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?
Over the past two decades, Wangechi Mutu has created chimerical constellations of powerful female characters, hybrid beings, and fantastical landscapes. With a rare understanding of the power and need for new mythologies—the productive friction of opposites beyond simple binaries and stereotypes—Mutu breaches common distinctions among human, animal, plant, and machine. At once seductive and threatening, her figures and environments take the viewer on journeys of material, psychological, and sociopolitical transformation. An artist who calls both Nairobi and New York home, she moves voraciously between cultural traditions to challenge colonialist, racist, and sexist worldviews with her visionary projection of an alternate universe informed by Afrofuturism, post-humanism, and feminism. Mutu’s exhibition at the Legion of Honor, a museum built for the showcase of European art from antiquity through Impressionism presided over by Auguste Rodin's The Thinker, aims to spur “a purposeful examination of art histories, mythologies, and the techniques of archiving and remembering.”