April 2017

Where San Francisco - - Editor's Note - Rachel Ward Edi­tor, San Fran­cisco @wan­der­ingrachel

I vis­ited the Le­gion of Honor Mu­seum twice in one week last month. I at­tended the press pre­view for the cur­rent ex­hibit “Monet: The Early Years” on a Thurs­day morning and came back that Satur­day to ex­plore it again with a friend. I had the chance to hear the charis­matic cu­ra­tor Ge­orge T.M. Shack­elford of the Kim­bell Art Mu­seum give com­pelling com­men­tary on the paint­ings in per­son dur­ing the media-only event, and when I re­turned, I dis­cov­ered that you too can lis­ten to Shack­elford’s in­sight via the au­dio tour, which is well worth the $8. I’d sug­gest tak­ing any ex­cuse to visit this mu­seum, a pala­tial, French neo­clas­si­cal struc­ture that’s one of my fa­vorite set­tings in the city. Built on a bluff, it’s flanked by a man­i­cured lawn over­look­ing the bay with the wild Marin Head­lands in the dis­tance and Mon­terey pines in the fore­ground.

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