Legion of Honor


Wed July 25, 2012
Arts & Culture

Run – or pole vault, or swim – to Legion of Honor’s “Gift from the Gods” exhibit

Robert Anderson (American, b. 1953) 1982 Gay Olympics, 1982 Color screen print Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund. Photograph © FAMSF

Long ago and far away – in Greece, nearly 3,000 years ago, to be exact – highly-trained athletes gathered every four years at a place called Olympia to show off their skills and to honor Zeus, king of the gods.

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Thu February 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

“Art for art’s sake” and the movement that created it

John Spencer Stanhope, Love and the Maiden, 1877. Tempera, gold paint and gold leaf on canvas.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Perhaps you’ve been to an art gallery or museum exhibit where you didn’t... fully understand the artist’s intentions. You know: “My kindergartener could do that” syndrome. Scottish philosopher David Hume put it this way: “When objects of any kind are first presented to the eye or imagination, the sentiment, which attends them, is obscure and confused; and the mind is, in a great measure, incapable of pronouncing, concerning their merits or defects.” [Of the Standard of Taste, 1757] 

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