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Aug 19, 2016

Special Exhibition – Home Land Security

This temporary exhibition examines the borders we create, protect, and cross in the name of security.


On view September 10 to December 18, 2016, Wednesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, Fort Winfield Scott. Free admission. No reservation required. 

This special exhibition by the FOR-SITE Foundation examines the borders we create, protect, and cross in the name of security.

Set against the backdrop of the Presidio’s historic Fort Winfield Scott, the exhibition features eighteen artists from diverse points of origin – including China, Cuba, Iran, Israel, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Syria, and the United States – underscoring the universality of themes of home, safety, and defense in an increasingly pervasive climate of fear and distrust. The artworks encompass media ranging from painting and sculpture to video and performance, responding to both personal and cultural concerns, with the historic sites of Fort Winfield Scott providing a new context for signature pieces and a showcase for site-specific commissions.

Various locations in Fort Scott will serve as exhibition sites for Home Land Security, including three of the Fort Scott batteries – Battery Boutelle, Battery Godfrey, and Battery Marcus Miller – along with the former Nike Administration Building and the Fort Scott Chapel. This will be the first time some of these locations are open to the public.

Participating artists:

Shiva Ahmadi Tammam Azzam Tirtzah Bassel Yashar Azar Emdadian Al Farrow Díaz Lewis (Alejandro Díaz-Perera and Cara Megan Lewis) Liza Lou Mandana Moghaddam Trevor Paglen Shahpour Pouyan Michele Pred The Propeller Group (Matt Lucero, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, and Phunam) Luz María Sánchez Do Ho Suh Bill Viola Alexia Webster Krzysztof Wodiczko Yin Xiuzhen

For more information on the art and artists, see FOR-SITE Foundation’s Home Land Security page. 

Supported by the National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Presidio Trust. Visit for more information.

Plan a Visit

How long does it take? Depending on how long you plan to linger in each site, the whole exhibition can be experienced in about a 1.5 hour.

Special Holiday Hours: Wednesday, November 23: Open 10 am to 5 pm Closed Thanksgiving Day Open Thanksgiving Weekend – Friday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm

Best Place to Start:Begin your experience at the Exhibition Visitor Center located at Langdon Court in the former Nike Administration Building (1649 Langdon Court) – the cross-street is Lincoln Blvd. Exhibition guides, including a map of all installations, are available at this location.

Below is a cheat sheet on getting to exhibition. For more informatoin also see:

GPS Directions: 1649 Langdon Court, San Francisco 94129

Parking: Limited free parking at Langdon Court and nearby Merchant Road – paid parking at corner of Lincoln & Storey (near Ft Scott playing field)


  • Free PresidiGO Shuttle: 
    • ​Crissy Field Route: Golden Gate Overlook stop (Lincoln x Storey Ave). 
    • Follow the live shuttle tracker:
  • MUNI 28 stops at Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion- then walk 10 minutes South on Coastal Trail.
  • MUNI 43 stops at Presidio Transit Center on Main Post. Transfer here to PresidiGO Crissy Field Route.


exhibition is reachable by the trail and bikeway network from all Presidio
entrances. For additional detail, see
the Presidio’s Trails page. 

Accessibility: the Exhibition Visitor Center and Fort Scott Chapel are directly accessible by car and including ADA parking spaces and access.  The other sites are historic batteries located along trails and include some unpaved trails and in some cases stairs. The Exhibition Visitor Center includes a 3-D representation of the entire exhibition.  

Guided toursIn general, this is a self-guided, reflective experience. Art docents are present during all open hours and can help answer questions, provide insights, and support the self-guided experience. For information about a school or community group tour, contact theFOR-SITE Foundation.


FOR-SITE is looking for volunteer art guides to support Home Land Security. For more information, see the FOR-SITE Foundation volunteer page.  

Additional Opportunities to Participate 

  • Hands On – Public workshops to support Díaz Lewis’s 34,000 Pillows project will take place Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (no reservation required; space is limited).
  • ​Give Feedback – Send your thoughts on the exhibition to the FOR-SITE Foundation. See for more information. 

This is one of several temporary exhibitions and installations that use art to help visitors explore the Presidio’s nature, history, and resources. Learn more about Art in the Presidio >>