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- What was the inspiration for the project?
- Why is this exhibition in a national park?
- Where are the exhibition sites?
- How were the sites at Fort Winfield Scott selected?
- Is there a cost to view the exhibition?
- What are the exhibition viewing hours?
- What kinds of exhibition information are available on-site?
- How can I share feedback, comments, or reflections on the exhibition?
- How do I get there?
- How do I get a map of the exhibition? Is it easy to navigate the sites?
- Are the exhibition sites Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)–accessible?
- Are domestic animals allowed inside the exhibition?
- How long does it typically take to view the exhibition?
- Is there a particular order I should follow in viewing the exhibition sites?
- Are there restrooms and food services nearby?
- Are there any related public programs occurring during the exhibition?
- Is the exhibition appropriate for children? If so, what ages, and are there any resources for teachers or parents?
- How can I learn more about the partnering organizations?
This exhibition — the fourth site-specific, temporal project FOR-SITE has presented in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area — furthers FOR-SITE’s mission to encourage the public to explore lesser-known park sites of historical importance through art about place. Home Land Security was conceived as a platform to engage a diverse range of artists from around the world who are interested in social change, the commonality of human experience, and the personal impact of national security in our time. The themes it addresses include: definitions of home and safety, ideological extremism, forced migration in the wake of conflict, the constant shift of weaponry and targets, and the unwavering belief in the necessity for defense.
Art has a long history in the national parks. It played a formative role in the early efforts to protect and set them aside as public places, and has inspired generations of photographers, painters, poets, and many other artists. As part of a larger, ongoing Art in the Park program, the National Park Service (NPS), Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (GGNPC), and Presidio Trust embrace art as a way to welcome the public, engage new audiences, and connect people with their parks in innovative and meaningful ways. Home Land Security presents an opportunity for visitors to reflect on the historical purpose and meaning of San Francisco’s coastal defense fortifications while considering timely, contemporary issues.
The five sites are clustered in a quarter-mile radius in the Presidio’s Fort Winfield Scott, the former headquarters for coastal defense of California at the Golden Gate. The physical address to map is 1649 Langdon Court, San Francisco. An exhibition site map is available on the Plan a Visit page.
The sites were selected as a way to invite the public to explore cultural resources of the park in new and surprising ways. By placing artworks that examine security’s human cost inside former military sites, Home Land Security provides a powerful context for considering contemporary issues and allows for a deeper understanding of the park as a place imbued with multilayered meaning and history.
No. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from September 10 through December 18, 2016. Closed Thanksgiving.
On-site interpretation includes printed materials, signage, and an introductory video that takes a closer look at the artists, their works, and the exhibition locations. Trained Art Guides are available to answer questions and offer assistance during exhibition viewing hours.
Visitors are actively encouraged to participate in conversations and share experiences via social media using the hashtag #ArtAboutPlace (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). Visitors are also invited to use the parks’ hashtags: #Parks4All (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and #FindYourPark (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). Wi-Fi is available at the sites to enhance this dialogue and allow visitors to delve deeper into the artists and exhibition themes online and through social media before, during, and after viewing the work. A hard-copy comment book is available to on-site visitors, as well.
The exhibition visitor center and trailhead are located at the Nike Administration Building, at the intersection of Langdon Court and Lincoln Boulevard.
PresidiGo Around the Park Shuttle
This free shuttle includes stops at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Storey Avenue and in front of the Fort Scott Chapel. Catch the Crissy Field Route shuttle from the Presidio Transit Center in the Main Post or other stops in the park. For schedules and routes, visit presidio.gov.
The 28-19th Avenue bus stops at Merchant Road/Golden Gate Bridge Tunnel, a five-minute walk from the exhibition trailhead. The 43-Masonic bus stops at the Presidio Transit Center, which is also a PresidiGo shuttle stop. For trip planning (including routes and schedules), visit sfmta.com.
By Foot or Bike
Access the sites by following the California Coastal Trail, or walk (30–40 minutes) or ride (9–15 minutes) from any Presidio entrance. Bicycle parking is available at the Nike Administration Building and the Merchant Road parking lot. For trail information, visit presidio.gov/trails.
Limited free parking is available at the Nike Administration Building and Fort Scott Chapel, and along nearby Merchant Road. Paid parking is available on the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Storey Avenue; pay stations accept credit and debit cards. Be advised that parking fills quickly and early on weekends. For more information, visit presidio.gov/transportation/driving-and-parking.
A map of the sites is available on the Plan a Visit page; in the exhibition brochure (distributed at the visitor center in the Nike Administration Building and at each of the exhibition sites); and on large, outdoor plinths at each of the sites. Temporary wayfinding signage also guides visitors between locations.
Two of the five sites — the Nike Administration Building (which houses the exhibition visitor center) and Fort Scott Chapel — have ADA-accessible parking spaces and pathways. The visitor center features multimedia displays about all the artworks and sites, as well as large-print and braille exhibition brochures. On-site Art Guides are also available to assist those with accessibility needs. Service animals are permissible at all exhibition sites.
No. Many of the artworks are fragile, and the interiors of the structures are not suitable for animals. Pets are welcome in the Presidio’s outdoor spaces, but they must be restrained on leashes at all times.
That depends on how long you linger at each site. On average, the full exhibition could be experienced in approximately 1.5 hours.
No, but we recommend beginning your visit at the Nike Administration Building at the exhibition trailhead, located at Langdon Court and Lincoln Boulevard; the Nike Building houses the exhibition visitor center, as well as the largest concentration of artworks.
Restrooms are available at the Fort Scott ballfield along Storey Avenue (across from the Fort Scott Chapel). The Presidio also offers a variety of food options, ranging from trail mix to fine dining.
Public workshops to support Díaz Lewis’s 34,000 Pillows project take place Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Nike Administration Building. The full workshop, which includes pillow-making, lasts two hours, but drop-in participants are welcome to assist in other aspects of the project. Reservations are not required, and space is limited.
Children are welcome to attend the exhibition; the artworks are not visually graphic or inappropriate for young eyes, though parents and guardians may wish to use their discretion regarding written content on the sensitive issues surrounding national security and forced migration. Curriculum for grades 6–12 is available for teachers who would like to incorporate the exhibition into lesson plans or bring classes to view the exhibition. Tours for school and community groups are also available.
About the FOR-SITE Foundation
Established in 2003 by curator Cheryl Haines, the FOR-SITE Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, understanding, and presentation of art about place. Recent projects encompass commissions, artist residencies, and educational programs, and include the acclaimed exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz; International Orange, a group show honoring the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge; Presidio Habitats; and a series of land-art installations by Andy Goldsworthy currently on view in the Presidio.
About the National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) is a federal agency within the US Department of the Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of America’s most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural resources. The NPS manages the coastal areas of the Presidio and Golden Gate National Parks, as well as 400 other park sites across the United States. This year marks the NPS’s centennial. Learn more at nps.gov.
About the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization that supports the most-visited outpost in the US national park system. The conservancy provides aid for site transformations, trail improvements, habitat restoration, volunteer and youth engagement, and interpretive and educational programs. Conservancy-funded projects, in partnership with the National Park Service and Presidio Trust, are visible across the parks’ 80,000 acres — including the Presidio, Crissy Field, Muir Woods, Lands End, Alcatraz, and others. Learn more at parksconservancy.org.
About the Presidio Trust
The Presidio Trust is an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio and employ a partnership approach to transform it into a new kind of national park. Spanning 1,500 acres in a spectacular setting at the Golden Gate, the Presidio now operates without taxpayer support; is home to a community of residents and commercial tenants; and offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities to people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the world. The trust’s Art in the Presidio program welcomes a wide range of artists to respond to park sites. Ten exhibitions to date have encouraged more than 100,000 visitors to see the park’s natural and cultural treasures in a new light. Learn more at presidio.gov/trust.