Posts tagged ‘Legion of Honor’

March 20, 2012

Cult of Beauty Special SFDC Discount


Cult Of Beauty
Through June 17th
Legion of Honor

Don’t miss Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900, the first major exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, and the era when interior design and decor first became accessible to the middle classes.

The Cult of Beauty showcases the entirety of the Aesthetic Movement’s output, celebrating the startling beauty and variety of creations by masters as diverse as artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, and Edward Burne-Jones and designers E.W. Godwin, William Morris and Christopher Dresser.  The Legion of  Honor is the only U.S. venue on the world tour that includes the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

SFDC members— show your SFDC badge at admissions, or purchase tickets online and enter code SFDCCB, to receive $4 off adult admission to the exhibition, through June 17, 2012!

March 5, 2012

An Illustrated Presentation by Cynthia Amneus


Arrive early for the wedding-themed reception of petits fours and champagne!

The American Decorative Arts Forum invite you to hear Cynthia Amneus examine the compelling allure of the white, single-use wedding dress for modern women – and the wedding dress’ current iconic stature.  A woman’s wedding day remains as a singular opportunity to be transformed into something she has fantasized about her entire life.  Today, the pristine white gown, worn once and then carefully preserved, seems to be the tradition.  We assume this singular piece of clothing has always been white, fitted to the body, decorated, trained, accessorized with a veil, and used on a single, momentous occasion.  However, the present manifestation of the wedding dress is an assemblage of invented traditions created, in large part, by 20th century commercialism.  Ms. Amneus will attempt to demystify some of the more egregious assumptions that color – or whiten – our beliefs about wedding clothing.

Wedding attire in past eras was both fashionable and ordinary.  Such clothing was often colorful rather than white.  If the dress was opulent, the purpose was to display family wealth and station rather than for the personal beautification of the bride.  For many brides, it was simply one’s best dress intended to be worn again for other special occasions. 

Lecturer: Cynthia Amneus earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University, followed by a master’s degree from Illinois State University with a concentration in textiles and fibers.  Her career has run the gamut from studio artist to fiber arts instructor and professor (at the University of Cincinnati, then Xavier University), costume technician and, most recently, curator.  As a costume technician, she mounted more than 100 costumes for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Lecture date & time: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 8:00 PM

7:15 PM mini-exhibition: Celebrate your nuptials again with wedding photographs and albums!  Unpack your wedding dress and veil.  Share your wedding accessories.  Perhaps you still have that wedding cake bride-and-groom, bride-and-bride or groom-and-groom decoration! 

Lecture location: Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park,100 34th Avenue.  Enter from the bayside, lower level entrance between the café and the gift shop. 

Admission: $10 for SFDC members and $15 to the general public.  Please show your SFDC badge at the door. 

Contacts: Rob Speaks at 415.609.657 or Gordon Fine at 415.346.4856

January 24, 2012

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement and Interior Design


Design SF 2012
Wednesday, Feb 1
2:30 – 3:30 PM
SFDC Galleria Atrium

You are invited to join 3D – Definitive Design + Decor magazine Editor-in-Chief, Alisa Carroll, for a compelling conversation about the Aesthetic Movement and its inspired interior design legacy. 

The Cult of Beauty:  The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860-1900, opens at the Legion of Honor on February 18.  The exhibition has been wildly popular in Europe, where it debuted at the V&A (the Legion of Honor is its only U.S. venue). The panel will feature exhibition curator Lynn Federle Orr, Curator-in-Charge of European Art at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, design editor and writer Zahid Sardar and interior designer Geoffrey De Sousa.

The Aesthetic movement championed “Art for art’s sake” and the cultivation of beauty in everyday life.  Though it began in the realm of fine art, the movement ultimately transcended the walls of painters’ studios to transform decorative arts, domestic interiors and architecture, inspiring a lifestyle revolution and giving birth to the modern interior design industry.

Please register at  For a full Design SF schedule, go here.


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