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Coming soon: on June 22, a monumental installation by our contemporary artist-in-residence Tang Quignian will open in th...
05/17/2019

Coming soon: on June 22, a monumental installation by our contemporary artist-in-residence Tang Quignian will open in the Chinese Garden. "Tang Qingnian: An Offering to Roots" 唐慶年:根之祭 will feature five massive banner paintings suspended from a bamboo framework above the water of the Chinese Garden lake. Two years in the making, Tang's series of ink paintings memorializes the devastating wildfires that ravaged California in 2017 and 2018. https://bit.ly/2LPrY2y

During the fourteen months of peace granted by the 1802 Treaty of Amiens, a wave of artists, writers, scientists, and sc...
05/17/2019
Cultural Exchange During the Peace of Amiens | The Huntington

During the fourteen months of peace granted by the 1802 Treaty of Amiens, a wave of artists, writers, scientists, and scholars traveled between France and Britain, marking a new era for intellectual and cultural exchange. Starting today, a conference at The Huntington will explore the lasting impact of the Peace of Amiens, and examine some of the marvelous works created during this time period. More over on Verso: https://bit.ly/2WcDCsn

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Dena Goodman and Paris Amanda Spies-Gans and Cora Gilroy-Ware | Comments (0) Thomas Girtin (1775–1802), “View of Pont de la Tournelle and Notre Dame,” etching and aquatint, plate 11 from A selection of twenty of the most picturesque views in Paris, and its environs dr...

Puya season is here! Stop by the Desert Garden to see three vibrant varieties in bloom:  Puya venusta, Puya alpestris, a...
05/15/2019

Puya season is here! Stop by the Desert Garden to see three vibrant varieties in bloom: Puya venusta, Puya alpestris, and Puya coerulea var. violacea.

Born on this day in 1727, Thomas Gainsborough is perhaps best known for painting portraits like "The Blue Boy;" but his ...
05/14/2019

Born on this day in 1727, Thomas Gainsborough is perhaps best known for painting portraits like "The Blue Boy;" but his greatest enjoyment came from painting rural landscapes.

In his depictions of nature, Gainsborough often painted realistic scenes without actually documenting any particular location; and he sometimes worked from models built at home, creating miniature landscapes out of common household items like mirrors, stones, and even broccoli.

Here are a few examples of countryside scenes by Gainsborough from our collections, including his stunning painting "The Cottage Door," on view in the Huntington Art Gallery.

In the 1880s, artist Mary Cassatt began depicting the subject that would define the rest of her career: the mother-and-c...
05/12/2019

In the 1880s, artist Mary Cassatt began depicting the subject that would define the rest of her career: the mother-and-child pair.

In "Breakfast in Bed," the mother gazes at the child wrapped in her arms, while the child looks out into the room. Cassatt often dealt with the tension between a mother's focused attention on her child and the child's desire to explore the world.

See "Breakfast in Bed" (1897) on view in the #ScottGalleries. Happy #MothersDay!

Looking for a #MothersDay photo op? Look no further. This lovely orchid arch will be in front of the Conservatory all we...
05/10/2019

Looking for a #MothersDay photo op? Look no further. This lovely orchid arch will be in front of the Conservatory all weekend long, and is perfect for a picture with mom!

It's been 150 years since the transcontinental railroad was completed, connecting the continent with the most advanced t...
05/08/2019
Sesquicentennial of a Railroad Across America | The Huntington

It's been 150 years since the transcontinental railroad was completed, connecting the continent with the most advanced transportation technology of its day. Though it remains a monumental moment in history, many Americans felt that its creation ushered in new empire, one ruled by "masters of the iron horse rather than the people."

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Peter Blodgett | Comments (0) Harper’s Weekly, America’s leading illustrated periodical, celebrated the 1869 joining of the rails with this engraving reproduced from an original photograph. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. It has been 150 y...

Wondering what’s in bloom at The Huntington? Roses. So many roses. 😍 Stop by this weekend to experience the Rose Ga...
05/03/2019

Wondering what’s in bloom at The Huntington? Roses. So many roses. 😍 Stop by this weekend to experience the Rose Garden at peak bloom.

In advance of our #FiberArts Day celebration this weekend, head gardener Kelly Fernandez teamed up with library curator ...
05/01/2019

In advance of our #FiberArts Day celebration this weekend, head gardener Kelly Fernandez teamed up with library curator Joel Klein to recreate an ancient recipe: ink made from oak galls! Popularized in the Middle Ages, many manuscripts in our collection are lettered with gall ink, including our beautifully decorated Ellesmere Chaucer. Follow the fascinating process over on Verso: https://bit.ly/2vv4m8x

04/29/2019

Growing up, contemporary artist Celia Paul felt a deep connection to the #Brontë sisters, whose papers can be found in The Huntington's archives. In this clip from a conversation with curator Catherine Hess, Paul describes the details that reference both Charlotte and Emily Brontë in her painting "The Brontë Parsonage."

See Paul's works on view in the Huntington Art Gallery now through July 8, and watch the full interview to learn more about her life and process: https://bit.ly/2vr3ZvE

Our Spring Plant Sale kicks off this weekend! Highlights include stunning California natives, water-wise perennials, ass...
04/26/2019

Our Spring Plant Sale kicks off this weekend! Highlights include stunning California natives, water-wise perennials, assorted cacti and succulents, fruit trees, and more. Doors open to the public starting tomorrow at 1 p.m. (and #HuntingtonMembers can start shopping today).

"While celebrating the beauty of the Indian landscape, these images also allude, however indirectly, to the violence tha...
04/25/2019

"While celebrating the beauty of the Indian landscape, these images also allude, however indirectly, to the violence that lies at the heart of empire building." Head to Verso for insight into "Prospects of India," an exhibit of 15 drawings by British artists on view in the Huntington Art Gallery. https://bit.ly/2Way4vr

This weekend, find the perfect plant for you. Our Annual Spring Plant Sale kicks off this Friday for #HuntingtonMembers,...
04/24/2019

This weekend, find the perfect plant for you. Our Annual Spring Plant Sale kicks off this Friday for #HuntingtonMembers, and opens to the public starting Saturday at 1 p.m. Highlights include our very own centennial rose, 'Huntington's 100th,' along with water-wise Australian and Southwestern natives, and an assortment of fruit trees, summer veggies, and cacti & succulents. More details here: https://bit.ly/2IpQgxE

04/22/2019

In celebration of #EarthDay, we're sharing this pocket-sized planet from our library archives. This 17th-century miniature globe created by Joseph Moxon measures just 3 inches in diameter, and it can be opened like a locket to reveal constellations depicted inside.

The wisteria may be winding down, but the Desert Garden is just getting started. See brightly colored iceplant and stone...
04/19/2019

The wisteria may be winding down, but the Desert Garden is just getting started. See brightly colored iceplant and stonecrop succulents as you enter the garden, and don't miss stunning "Echinopsis" cacti in bloom, like this dazzling 'Flying Saucer' variety (its blooms can reach up to 8 inches in diameter!).

Stereotypes can be found in almost every sphere of life: politics, religion, and even in the realm of learning. A confer...
04/17/2019
Stereotypes and Stereotyping in the Early Modern World | The Huntington

Stereotypes can be found in almost every sphere of life: politics, religion, and even in the realm of learning. A conference this weekend will examine the power and peril of stereotyping, looking at examples from early modern England to today. More over on Verso: https://bit.ly/2IrC33o

Posted on April 17, 2019 by Peter Lake and Koji Yamamoto | Comments (0) William Hogarth (1697–1764), Characters and Caricatures, 1743. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Stereotyping in early modern England and its colonies deserves scrutiny in our time because stereot...

If you've been enjoying the blooms in the gardens this week (or just love everything botanical!), stop by the Huntington...
04/12/2019

If you've been enjoying the blooms in the gardens this week (or just love everything botanical!), stop by the Huntington Store to bring a few blooms home with you. Using our in-store print machine, you can choose from a range of beautiful illustrations found in our collections, and get the framed print delivered to your door! Here are a few of the illustrations available by Robert John Thornton, Georg Dionysius Ehret, and Maria Sibylla Merian.

How did our ‘Huntington’s 100th’ rose come to be? It may be hard to believe, but the creation of the rose began a ...
04/10/2019
How ‘Huntington’s 100th’ Came to Be | The Huntington

How did our ‘Huntington’s 100th’ rose come to be? It may be hard to believe, but the creation of the rose began a decade ago. Hybridized by our curator of the Rose Garden Tom Carruth, our centennial rose is a cross between the yellow, licorice-scented ‘Julia Child' and the French rose ‘Stormy Weather.' To produce the hybrid, Carruth first carefully collected pollen from the "father" rose, 'Stormy Weather,' before applying it to 'Julia Child,' the "mother" rose. Read more about the fascinating process over on Verso: https://www.huntington.org/verso/2019/04/how-huntingtons-100th-came-to-be

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Usha Lee McFarling | Comments (0) ‘Huntington’s 100th’, the newly hybridized rose chosen to help celebrate The Huntington’s centennial year, is a large-flowered, multi-colored rose with an intense fragrance. Photo by Gene Sasse. The eye-catching new rose that is h...

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

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