California BookWorks

May 7, 2016October 16, 2016

From its natural splendors to its sprawling suburbs and congested cities, California presents myriad realities. Long considered a site of new opportunities and unlimited potential, the Golden State also contends with a complicated and constantly changing identity.

Ticket Information: 

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission to the museum.

Adults $15, seniors 65+ $10, students with current ID $6, members and youth 17 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.

Raymond Pettibon and Cristin Sheehan Sullivan, cover of "Scream at the Librarian: Sketches of Our Patrons in Downtown Los Angeles"

Raymond Pettibon and Cristin Sheehan Sullivan, cover of Scream at the Librarian: Sketches of Our Patrons in Downtown Los Angeles, text by Joel J. Rane (Brooklyn: Booklyn Artists Alliance, 2007). Marbled paper on buckram cover; blue and red letterpress on library pocket; loan card with graphite pencil and black ink inscriptions, and red ink stamp; assorted stamped and printed stickers; and red colored pencil, 9 3/4 x 6 15/16 in. FAMSF, museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund, 2011.7.1 

Raymond Pettibon and Cristin Sheehan Sullivan, cover of Scream at the Librarian: Sketches of Our Patrons in Downtown Los Angeles

Member For A Day

Photo © Greg Habiby
March 19, 2016 - 9:30am5:00pm

Jump into spring with a day of art around town! Choose among your favorites from the following Bay Area institutions offering FAMSF Members free general admission on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Asian Art Museum
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Museum of the African Diaspora
Oakland Museum of California
SF Camerawork
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Walt Disney Family Museum
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The Legion of Honor App by Guidekick

Get the most from your visit with the Legion of Honor mobile app, offering fascinating insights from the museum’s curators and an easily navigated map to help you see more of the collections. The 3-D interactive map guides you by pinpointing your exact location and offering clear direction on where to go next. The app also offers the locations of key amenities, including museum stores, restrooms, elevators, the café, and more.

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ArtPoint Cocktail Party: "Pierre Bonnard"

Pierre Bonnard, Dancers, ca. 1896
March 3, 2016 - 7:00pm10:00pm

Pierre Bonnard was in his 20s when turned his back on a conventional career and allowed himself to be seduced by a life of painting. Bring a little of that joie de vivre into your life (without sacrificing your steady paycheck) at a cocktail party that celebrates paintings full of light, color, and humor. This after-hours event features a special live performance by Trainees from the San Francisco Ballet School, guided tours of Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia, hosted cocktails, and light bites.

Wild West: Plains to the Pacific

June 18, 2016September 11, 2016

Mined from the wide-ranging collections of the Fine Arts Museums, Wild West explores artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the western United States from the frontier era to the present. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, historical artifacts, and ephemera in a thematic presentation that celebrates the abundance and diversity within the region’s physical environment.

Ticket Information: 

Tickets to Wild West: Plains to the Pacific at the Legion of Honor include same-day general admission to the de Young museum in Golden Gate Park. Groups of 10 or more have access to priority booking, discounted tickets, and private tours. Learn more.


This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Benefactor’s Circle: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Crocker.

Chiura Obata, Setting Sun on Sacramento Valley, California (detail), 1930
Eadweard Muybridge, Wm. H Seward, 85 Feet in Circumference. Mariposa Grove of Mammoth Trees, No. 51, 1872. Albumen silver print mounted to card stock, 16 15/16 x 21 9/16 in. (43 x 54.7 cm) (image). FAMSF, gift of Mrs. Raymond Perkins, 42854.1
Peter Hurd, A Ranch on the Plains, 1954. Tempera on hardboard, 29 3/4 x 47 1/8 in. (75.6 x 119.7 cm). FAMSF, gift of the California Brewing Company, 54.37

Chiura Obata, Setting Sun on Sacramento Valley, California (detail), 1930. Color woodcut, 15 5/8 x 10 15/16 in. (39.7 x 27.7 cm) (image). FAMSF, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1963.30.3126.30 

Wild West: Plains to the Pacific

Luxury Objects and Political Power: From Hellenistic Greece to Imperial Rome

Cameo of Jupiter
November 7, 2015 - 2:00pm3:00pm

From the time of Alexander the Great to the end of the Roman Empire, kings and emperors used works of art, especially luxury objects of gold, silver, and precious stone, as a means to reinforce their authority. These valuable objects were presented on ceremonial occasions to carefully chosen supporters, military officers, and foreign dignitaries as marks of prestige or as diplomatic gifts. Over time, especially in the later Roman period, an entire bureaucracy arose to handle the production and distribution of imperial gifts, including gold medallions and jewelry, silver plate, and ivories.


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