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04/09/2019
Conserving The Blue Boy In Public

Curious how Blue Boy's treatment is going? See the conservation of Gainsborough's masterpiece up close in our latest video; and hear from leading conservators (part of the Getty Museum Conserving Canvas initiative), as they share their thoughts about #ProjectBlueBoy. https://youtu.be/EUp2J7Gtqrw

One of the most iconic paintings in British and American history, The Blue Boy, made around 1770 by English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), is under...

On this #WorldAutismAwarenessDay, we're sharing the wonderful story of Mario Ahumada, who has become an important member...
04/02/2019
A World of Possibilities for Mario Ahumada | The Huntington

On this #WorldAutismAwarenessDay, we're sharing the wonderful story of Mario Ahumada, who has become an important member of The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room team via Villa Esperanza Services. More over on Verso: https://bit.ly/2FRqbVY

Posted on April 2, 2019 by Katherine Evans | Comments (0) Mario Ahumada poses with pride outside his workplace, The Huntington’s Rose Garden Tea Room. Photo by Lindsey Harrison. Courtesy of Villa Esperanza Services. Today is World Autism Awareness Day, and to celebrate, we are republishing the fol...

We're still waiting for the wisteria arbor in the Japanese Garden to burst into bloom—but if you're visiting this week...
03/29/2019

We're still waiting for the wisteria arbor in the Japanese Garden to burst into bloom—but if you're visiting this weekend, the wisteria flowering in the Chinese Garden is looking (and smelling) lovely! For more bloom highlights, check out our Instagram Story: https://bit.ly/2CIrNiR

A veteran of the War of 1812, Henry Meigs had a surprisingly soft spot for animals. A New York City resident in 1838, Me...
03/28/2019
Of Rats and Men | The Huntington

A veteran of the War of 1812, Henry Meigs had a surprisingly soft spot for animals. A New York City resident in 1838, Meigs managed to rescue and house cats, dogs, and a blind horse. He even found a way to coexist with rats, creatures John James Audubon referred to as “the most prolific and destructive little quadruped about the residences of man.” See pages from Meigs' diary and read more about his unusual household over on Verso: https://bit.ly/2V140S2

Posted on March 27, 2019 by Olga Tsapina | Comments (0) Henry Meigs. Lithograph after the daguerreotype by M.M. Lawrence, 1854. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. In the spring of 1838, Henry Meigs (1782–1861)—a veteran of the War of 1812, former U.S. Representative,...

This weekend, don't miss your chance to see a legendary bonsai up close. A highlight of our annual Bonsai Show will be t...
03/21/2019

This weekend, don't miss your chance to see a legendary bonsai up close. A highlight of our annual Bonsai Show will be the replanting of "Goshin III," one of two replicas made by bonsai master John Naka. Created after Naka's original “Goshin,” or Guardian of the Spirit, the bonsai features junipers in a forest-style setting. More over on Verso: https://bit.ly/2Cyde0W

03/21/2019
Painted Schrank, American, 18th Century, ca. 1775

Before there were closets, there were "schranks." This elaborate 18th-century wardrobe once served as a mark of wealth and status for the family who owned it, as it was often the most expensive furniture one could purchase. See the craftsmanship up close (and see how the almost 7-foot cabinet can come apart!) in a new video: https://youtu.be/bK1OyBX52-8

This painted schrank is a Pennsylvania Dutch wardrobe from Berks County, Pennsylvania. Currently on view as part of our exhibition "Becoming America: Highlig...

This just in: Beijing-born visual artist Tang Qingnian 唐慶年 has been named The Huntington's Cheng Family Foundation...
03/20/2019
News Release - Artist Tang Qingnian 唐慶年 Named 2019 Cheng Family Foundation Artist-in-Residence | The Huntington

This just in: Beijing-born visual artist Tang Qingnian 唐慶年 has been named The Huntington's Cheng Family Foundation Artist-in-Residence for 2019. Inspired by the Chinese Garden (Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園), the program promotes an understanding of Chinese culture through the arts. During his year-long residency, Tang will explore the contemporary ink arts and will create an original video artwork—a moving ink painting—inspired by the four seasons in Liu Fang Yuan. More: https://bit.ly/2HuPcIt

SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has named Beijing-born visual artist Tang Qingnian 唐慶年as the Cheng Family Foundation Artist-in-Residence for 2019. The annual residency was established in 2014 to promote greater understanding of Chinese cultur...

It's a beautiful weekend to be outside! Camellias are in bloom on the North Vista, cherry blossoms and magnolias are blo...
03/15/2019

It's a beautiful weekend to be outside! Camellias are in bloom on the North Vista, cherry blossoms and magnolias are blooming near the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, and 'Painted Lady' butterflies are still fluttering through the gardens.

Though the gardens are looking especially vibrant, don't miss some of the new, bold hues on view in the Scott Galleries....
03/08/2019

Though the gardens are looking especially vibrant, don't miss some of the new, bold hues on view in the Scott Galleries. A massive blue plexiglass sculpture by minimalist Donald Judd (visiting from the Norton Simon Museum) complements a new installation of brightly colored works by 20th-century artists Andy Warhol, Helen Lundeberg, Alma Thomas, and more.

03/06/2019

While some of us might be getting tired of the rain, the camellias are loving it. Take a rainy day walk through the North Vista to see beautiful blooms like this camellia japonica ‘C. M. Hovey.’

The Chinese Garden expansion is beginning to take shape! Framework has been completed for some of the new pavilions, the...
03/01/2019

The Chinese Garden expansion is beginning to take shape! Framework has been completed for some of the new pavilions, the foundation is being laid for a new gallery space, and we've unpacked our first shipment from Suzhou, China. And check out the view from what will be the Star Gazing Tower! 😍 https://bit.ly/2HB1e3E

When did #BlackHistoryMonth first begin? Officially, it was established by President Ford in 1976; but it really began w...
02/27/2019

When did #BlackHistoryMonth first begin? Officially, it was established by President Ford in 1976; but it really began with a week-long celebration started in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a black historian who produced countless books, articles, journals, and news bulletins that championed black stories. Read more about his life and work over on Verso: https://www.huntington.org/verso/2019/02/historian-carter-g-woodson

It’s time for the annual Bonsai-a-Thon at The Huntington! See exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings, a "bonsai baza...
02/23/2019

It’s time for the annual Bonsai-a-Thon at The Huntington! See exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings, a "bonsai bazaar," and a live auction at 3 p.m. today and tomorrow in the Brody Botanical Center. You can also see specimens from our bonsai collection (like this magnificent bald cypress) on view in the zen court near the Japanese Garden.

We just saw snow at The Huntington! And it's not the first time we've seen snow in L.A. This photo of a snowy Japanese G...
02/22/2019

We just saw snow at The Huntington! And it's not the first time we've seen snow in L.A. This photo of a snowy Japanese Garden is from January 15, 1932, when a whopping two inches of snow fell across Los Angeles (the greatest amount ever recorded!).

In the news: at a time when humanities programs are being slashed from college and university budgets, The Huntington pl...
02/20/2019

In the news: at a time when humanities programs are being slashed from college and university budgets, The Huntington plans to launch a new research institute in partnership with Caltech, focusing on the history of science and technology. https://bit.ly/2GQVIrI

Wondering what to do over the extra-long weekend? We’ve got a few ideas! Stop by and see camellias blooming throughout...
02/16/2019

Wondering what to do over the extra-long weekend? We’ve got a few ideas! Stop by and see camellias blooming throughout the gardens, tour exhibit "Rituals of Labor & Engagement” in the Scott Galleries, and check out new sculptures by artist Enrique Martínez Celaya on the grounds.

The modern valentine is inextricably linked to romance—candle-lit dinners, a dozen red roses, and heart-shaped boxes o...
02/14/2019

The modern valentine is inextricably linked to romance—candle-lit dinners, a dozen red roses, and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. But valentines actually have a long, complex, and fascinating history, with vastly different origins. Read all about it over on Verso: https://www.huntington.org/verso/2019/02/wont-you-be-my-valentine #ValentinesDay

Big news: later this year, work will begin to dismantle a 320-year-old historic home from Marugame, Japan, with the goal...
02/12/2019

Big news: later this year, work will begin to dismantle a 320-year-old historic home from Marugame, Japan, with the goal of reinstalling the structure in The Huntington's Japanese Garden by 2020. The well-preserved home is an exquisite example of a working magistrate’s residence that once served as the center of village life and home to generations of the same family. More details here: https://bit.ly/2BzRl0R

Painted in the 19th century, this luscious still life is attributed to Joseph Proctor, an African American artist active...
02/11/2019

Painted in the 19th century, this luscious still life is attributed to Joseph Proctor, an African American artist active in 1860s New York. Notice the details: the flower stems are weighed down by healthy blooms, a yellow bird is about to pluck a juicy grape, the watermelon is sliced and ready to eat, and ripe peaches and pineapples have been gathered. Together, the painting communicates abundance and gustatory excess. To enjoy each exquisite detail of "Still Life with a Basket of Fruit, Flowers, and Cornucopia," see it on view in the Fielding Wing of the Scott Galleries.

02/08/2019
The internal British landscapes of Celia Paul and John Constable

Discover how works by contemporary artist Celia Paul resonate with the paintings of 18th-century artist John Constable, in this video featuring chief curator of European art Catherine Hess. An exhibit featuring seven paintings by Celia Paul will be on view starting tomorrow in the Huntington Art Gallery. https://youtu.be/F2oFwQA6HqY

Catherine Hess, chief curator of European art, explains how the work of these two British artists resonate across centuries. Seven paintings by contemporary ...

This just in: The Huntington acquires the largest trove of writing from popular 19th-century novelist F. Marion Crawford...
02/07/2019
News Release - The Huntington Acquires Papers of F. Marion Crawford, Popular 19th-Century American Novelist | The Huntington

This just in: The Huntington acquires the largest trove of writing from popular 19th-century novelist F. Marion Crawford in existence. Purchased by the Library Collector's Council, other new acquisitions include maps related to China’s Boxer Rebellion, a 1590s miniature prayer book, and Civil War letters by a former Shaker.

SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has acquired the largest trove of writing by American novelist F. Marion Crawford (1854–1909) in existence. Crawford was admired in his day by Robert Louis Stevenson for his vivid portrayals...

It might have rained all weekend, but it didn't stop us from celebrating the #YearofthePig in style! Here are a few high...
02/04/2019

It might have rained all weekend, but it didn't stop us from celebrating the #YearofthePig in style! Here are a few highlights from our Lunar New Year festivities, including calligraphy demonstrations, crafts, mask-changing performances, and penjing and viewing stone displays.

The new year often brings new resolutions to get organized and start #tidyingup; but for libraries, creating order out c...
01/31/2019
File under Fascinating | The Huntington

The new year often brings new resolutions to get organized and start #tidyingup; but for libraries, creating order out chaotic collections is a constant, essential process. Today on Verso, discover what "filing something away" meant in the 18th century, and how systems of order evolved over time. #ThrowbackThursday

Posted on January 30, 2019 by Sara K. Austin | Comments (0) Cataloging manuscripts in the Huntington Library, February 1938. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Did you vow to tidy up in 2019? If the current mania for organizing consultant Marie Kondo is any indication, y...

It's dreamy tree season! See magnolias in the Rose Garden, acacias in the entrance garden, and Japanese apricots in the ...
01/30/2019

It's dreamy tree season! See magnolias in the Rose Garden, acacias in the entrance garden, and Japanese apricots in the Chinese Garden.

This past fall, over 100 students were invited to a #ProjectBlueBoy themed Q&A with conservator Christina O'Connell, as ...
01/24/2019
Deep Learning in the Science of Art Conservation | The Huntington

This past fall, over 100 students were invited to a #ProjectBlueBoy themed Q&A with conservator Christina O'Connell, as part of a Deep Learning Day series developed by our education team. Read all about what they learned over on Verso.

Posted on January 23, 2019 by Amanda Hernandez and Kristin Brisbois | Comments (0) Christina O’Connell, senior paintings conservator, explains the blue pigments in The Blue Boy. Photo by Lisa Blackburn. In October 2018, more than 100 students had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the...

We're excited to announce Clockshop as our partner for the fourth year of The Huntington's /five initiative—and introd...
01/23/2019
News Release - The Huntington and LA Arts Organization Clockshop Reunite for Contemporary Art Initiative | The Huntington

We're excited to announce Clockshop as our partner for the fourth year of The Huntington's /five initiative—and introduce our new artists-in-residence! Using Thomas More's "Utopia" as a thematic point of departure, artists Nina Katchadourian, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, and Rosten Woo, along with writer Dana Johnson and poet Robin Coste Lewis, will create new work inspired by our collections. The project will culminate in an exhibition at The Huntington in Nov. 2019.

SAN MARINO, Calif.— The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens named Los Angeles arts organization Clockshop as its partner for the fourth year of The Huntington's /five initiative. Artists invited to participate in this year's project are Nina Katchadourian, Beatriz Santiago M...

Happy birthday to Loren Miller, born #onthisday in 1903. A journalist, lawyer, and judge, Miller spent his career fighti...
01/20/2019

Happy birthday to Loren Miller, born #onthisday in 1903. A journalist, lawyer, and judge, Miller spent his career fighting against racial discrimination of all types. In 1948, he successfully argued the United States Supreme Court case Shelley v. Kraemer, a case that laid the foundation for permanently overturning racially restrictive housing laws. See selections from his papers on view in the Library Exhibition Hall, and read more about the Loren Miller collection here: https://bit.ly/2Hngy3Y #CivilRights

All that lovely rain means the Japanese apricot trees are starting to burst into bloom—see them in and around the Chin...
01/18/2019

All that lovely rain means the Japanese apricot trees are starting to burst into bloom—see them in and around the Chinese Garden on your next visit!

This just in: two bronze sculptures and a painting by contemporary Cuban-American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya will b...
01/15/2019

This just in: two bronze sculptures and a painting by contemporary Cuban-American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya will be installed this month at The Huntington, marking a new partnership with the artist. Martínez Celaya, whose work explores the “existential condition of belonging,” will work among The Huntington’s vast history, literary, art, and botanical collections to produce a new work or program for visitors. https://bit.ly/2stOxgL

Pruning in the Rose Garden has officially begun! With the help of our amazing volunteers, more than 3,000 roses will be ...
01/11/2019

Pruning in the Rose Garden has officially begun! With the help of our amazing volunteers, more than 3,000 roses will be pruned in the coming weeks, to encourage new stem growth and bigger blooms in spring.

What changes when a regime changes? An upcoming conference this weekend examines a shift in power in the 17th century, w...
01/09/2019
New Perspectives on Regime Change | The Huntington

What changes when a regime changes? An upcoming conference this weekend examines a shift in power in the 17th century, when the death of Queen Elizabeth marked a change of dynasty from Tudor to Stuart. Read all about it on Verso:

Posted on January 9, 2019 by Norman Jones and Paulina Kewes | Comments (0) Attributed to the school of Nicholas Hilliard (1547–1619), Elizabeth I (1533–1603), 1590, Jesus College, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. On March 24, 1603, Queen Elizabeth I died, and James VI of Scotland wa...

Time for Blue Boy’s closeup! Check out these magnified images, taken by conservator Christina O’Connell during the f...
01/03/2019

Time for Blue Boy’s closeup! Check out these magnified images, taken by conservator Christina O’Connell during the first phase of #ProjectBlueBoy. Each image showcases the work she’s done to stabilize flaky paint and remove discolored overpaint and varnishes. If you're planning to see Blue Boy’s conservation in person, be sure to check huntington.org/projectblueboy for the conservator's in-gallery schedule.

This time of year might be all about roses, but the aloes in the Desert Garden are putting on a glorious display of colo...
12/31/2018

This time of year might be all about roses, but the aloes in the Desert Garden are putting on a glorious display of color—take the Heritage Walk to see this entire hillside covered in fiery Aloe arborescens blooms. The gardens and galleries will be open today and tomorrow, #NewYearsDay, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

We'll be closed for the holidays Dec. 24-25, but wanted to share this letter to Santa Claus, written more than 120 years...
12/23/2018

We'll be closed for the holidays Dec. 24-25, but wanted to share this letter to Santa Claus, written more than 120 years ago. Francis Gott, age 9, asked for a sled and a copy of "The Jungle Book" for Christmas, and ended his letter with a concern shared by many chimney-less children today: "is the stovepipe too little for you [?]"

Francis Gott's letter to Santa Claus, 1895, is from the collection of Gott family papers, 1745-1958, purchased by the Library Collector's Council in 2012 for The Huntington.

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