The collections at the Legion of Honor offer unique insight into the art historical, political, and social movements of the previous 4,000 years of human history. Holdings include European paintings; European decorative arts and sculpture; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and one of the largest repositories of works of art on paper in the nation.
Amid an increased alert on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the San Francisco Bay Area, the museum is sharing the precautionary steps that they are taking for the visitors ' overall health. The workers at the facilities have started to improve sanitization in all high-traffic areas and disinfectant wipes can be accessed at all ticketing, membership, information desks and gallery entrances. The de Young and Legion of Honor remain open to visitors and no plans are currently being made to change normal hours of operation.
Current exhibitions at the museum include:
1) Curious & Wonderful: Selections from the Achenbach Vault from November 16,2019 to March 22,2020. Of the 115,000 paper works of the treasures in the Museums, many have never been on exhibition. Taken mainly from the collection of artist-illustrated books, this display in the Logan Gallery is a selection of interesting items selected by Debra Evans, head of paper conservation at the Fine Arts Museums, who has taken care of these objects for almost four decades.
2) Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale from September 7-2019 to June 28,2020. Featuring Alexandre Singh's new film and installation commissioned for the Legion of Honor, A Gothic Tale takes inspiration from the eponymous literary tradition in Europe in the 19th century, as well as San Francisco's appearance in the history of film noir with Orson Welles's The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and the Alfred Hitchcock film, Vertigo (1958).
Exhibitions at The de Young include:
- Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 from November 9,2010 to March 15,2020. Organized by Tate Modern, this internationally acclaimed exhibit highlights art made by Black artists during two crucial decades when race and identity problems dominated and described both public and private discourse. The presentation by de Young includes a focus on artists from the Bay Area whose work promoted personal and cultural pride, collective unity and empowerment and political and social activism.
- Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI from February 22,2020 to October 25, 2020. The question of what it means to be human has shifted in today's AI-driven world, increasingly organized and influenced by algorithms which monitor, capture, and evaluate our data. This is the first major exhibition to analyze this topic through a prism of contemporary art and bring forward new ways of thinking about intellect, design and artifice. Collectives and artists on display are:
Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Annika Kuhlmann
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tickets to this exhibition are included with general admission. You can see the exhibitions free of charge if you become a member.
- The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha from March 28,2020 to August 2,2020. In the 1960s, Dieter Roth in Europe and Ed Ruscha in Los Angeles, working in very different styles, revolutionized the way artists work in the book medium, each producing something immediate and new. The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha show that the artists ' self-published publications – outwardly modest and conceptually advanced – broke new ground by subverting the conventional fine art publishing of deluxe books d'artistes.
- Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave from April 18,2020 to August 30,2020. In AD 79 the fiery eruption of Mount Vesuvius shocked the Bay of Naples. In the midst of their daily activities, Pompeii and nearby villages and farms were completely buried under pumice and hot ash which killed thousands. Plaster casts of those bodies are a tragic reminder of this tragedy, but what has been preserved, like a fly trapped in amber, gives us a glimpse of what life was like in a flourishing Roman region. The exhibition takes us back to this world by focusing on daily life and especially food and drink. This exhibition including the pots, pans and other props in the distribution, preparation and serving of food, contains glorious works of art showing the splendor and luxury enjoyed by the wealthy Romans who called Pompeii their home.
This fine arts museum is located near the following locations in Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, California:
- Tice Valley Community Gym
- ManorCare Health Services-Tice Valley
- Waterford At Rossmoor
- United States Postal Service in Rossmoor
- Rossmoor Tennis Buckeye Courts
- Atria Valley View
- Hillside Complex/Clubhouse
- St. Anne's Catholic Church
And of course after you’re done visiting any and all of these amazing locations don’t forget to visit us at Kwon & Jabbour Dental Clinic on La Casa Via in Walnut Creek!