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Reflecting on 2020 is not a popular pastime for obvious reasons. But looking back at The Huntington's "Verso" blog is wo...
12/30/2020

Reflecting on 2020 is not a popular pastime for obvious reasons. But looking back at The Huntington's "Verso" blog is worth your while! Digitization of the collections, unknown composers rediscovered, and guardians of the Rose Gardens are just some examples. Check it out > https://bit.ly/2WQUQdv

"I was astonished by the possibilities, the many doors of her life she’d left for me—for all of us—to walk through." In ...
12/29/2020

"I was astonished by the possibilities, the many doors of her life she’d left for me—for all of us—to walk through." In the latest edition of Huntington Frontiers, writer Lynell George shares excerpts from her new book on Octavia E. Butler. https://bit.ly/3rATNfV
#OctaviaEButler #OctaviaButler

12/27/2020
Headliner for Hear and Now Episode 5

Listen to episode 5 of The Huntington’s “Hear and Now” podcast to learn the stories of two immigrant families, who separated by the border, relied on letters to maintain their relationships. It’s available wherever you get your podcasts > https://bit.ly/2LE3olC

Slow your scroll and enjoy a moment of zen. 😌⁣⁣⁣⁣📸: Zen Garden and Bonsai Court, courtesy of @_sogofree. #MuseumMomentof...
12/26/2020

Slow your scroll and enjoy a moment of zen. 😌⁣⁣
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📸: Zen Garden and Bonsai Court, courtesy of @_sogofree. #MuseumMomentofZen #atTheH

Sights from the #NorthPole 🦌❄️⁣⁣These are just a few of 148 oil sketches made by Albert Operti, a fellow of the Geograph...
12/23/2020

Sights from the #NorthPole 🦌❄️⁣

These are just a few of 148 oil sketches made by Albert Operti, a fellow of the Geographical Society and official artist to Commander Peary's expedition to the North Pole in 1896. Every picture is historically correct and painted on the spot by Operti, who spent two years in the frozen north. ⁣

The Huntington will be closed for the holidays on #ChristmasEve, #Christmas Day, and #NewYears Day.

Join The Huntington for an all new, virtual book club. This three-part series, starting on Jan. 13,  immerses participan...
12/22/2020

Join The Huntington for an all new, virtual book club. This three-part series, starting on Jan. 13, immerses participants in the world of Maggie O’Farrell’s award-winning novel, "Hamnet". Participants begin the series in a discussion facilitated by Julie Robinson from Literary Affairs, followed by a conversation with Huntington staff and then round off the series with a virtual cooking class inspired by Tudor period cookbooks with Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites. For more info > https://bit.ly/3gQSzrT

Artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork has been working with the intersection of sound, sculpture, and performance since 2002. In...
12/21/2020

Artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork has been working with the intersection of sound, sculpture, and performance since 2002. In #MadeInLA2020, Gork's "Variations in Mass #3" consists of an air-blown sculpture that inflates and deflates alongside a timed sound composition.⁣

This synchronized performance—paced by the simulation of breath—allows the sculpture, the loudspeaker, and the gallery walls to become parts of a sonic theater. ⁣⁣The moment of the deflation produces in the words of the artist, a “feeling of empathy” for this dark, anthropomorphous, humorous, and almost grotesque mass.

Learn more about Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork and other #MadeInLA2020 artists: https://www.huntington.org/made-in-la/jacqueline-kiyomi-gork

#MiLAMondays

Think this is a lemon? Think again. 🍋⁣⁣This little citrus fruit is a yuzu, ripening now at the Ranch. It is a hybrid of ...
12/20/2020

Think this is a lemon? Think again. 🍋⁣

This little citrus fruit is a yuzu, ripening now at the Ranch. It is a hybrid of a mandarin orange and the ichang papeda, native to China. ⁣

While it is a popular culinary ingredient, yuzu baths are a #wintersolstice tradition in Japan, as the rinds contain anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.⁣

A very merry #Caturday to you. 🐈‍⬛ 🎄⁣This handmade holiday album, given as a Christmas gift to astronomer Edwin Hubble i...
12/19/2020

A very merry #Caturday to you. 🐈‍⬛ 🎄

This handmade holiday album, given as a Christmas gift to astronomer Edwin Hubble in 1947, is entirely dedicated to the “Life & Times” of Nicolas Copernicus, the Hubble’s pet cat.

See the full album here: https://bit.ly/38hsuOV

12/18/2020
Hear and Now episode 5 quote video

As the world observes International Migrants Day, we are sharing the new episode “Letters Across the Border” from the podcast “Hear and Now at The Huntington.” Focusing on the stories of two immigrant families that relied on letters to maintain their relationships, this episode is available wherever you listen to podcasts. https://bit.ly/2LE3olC #InternationalMigrantsDay

Trees tell many stories. 🌳 In our “Lifelines/Timelines” garden exhibition, five installations of ancient bonsai provide ...
12/18/2020

Trees tell many stories. 🌳

In our “Lifelines/Timelines” garden exhibition, five installations of ancient bonsai provide a visual timeline to the creation of great works in our collections. ⁣

The trunk of this venerable juniper bonsai, on view near the Dibner Hall of the History of Science, references three rare works from the Library’s history of science collections, the earliest being Pliny’s “Natural History” (1469).⁣

Learn more about the exhibit here: https://www.huntington.org/lifelines-timelines
📸: Barry Aronoff

Today the Community Partnership spotlight is on WriteGirl! For more than 5 years, WriteGirl has partnered with The Hunti...
12/16/2020

Today the Community Partnership spotlight is on WriteGirl! For more than 5 years, WriteGirl has partnered with The Huntington to bring dozens of creative writing workshops to hundreds of girls and non-binary teens. Using The Huntington's gardens and art collection as inspiration, WriteGirl's teens participate in inspiring writing activities in genres that include songwriting, poetry, fiction, and screenwriting. Learn more here > https://www.writegirl.org/

December bloom report: roses, aloes, camellias, poinsettias, and more #atTHeH. 🌹🌸🌺⁣
12/15/2020

December bloom report: roses, aloes, camellias, poinsettias, and more #atTHeH. 🌹🌸🌺⁣

A central focus in artist Jeffry Stuker’s work is mimicry—both in nature, where it provides a strategy for the survival ...
12/15/2020

A central focus in artist Jeffry Stuker’s work is mimicry—both in nature, where it provides a strategy for the survival of certain species, and in digital imaging, which can manifest hyper-lifelike representations of reality.

For his work in #MadeInLA2020, Stuker showcases the Papilio clytia butterfly in medium-format slides at The Huntington and a digital video at the Hammer Museum. While the video work presents the insects pinned and labeled as specimens, the slides situate them in nature, resurrected, albeit in an entirely manufactured process, since both subject and context are wholly computer-generated.

#MiLAMondays

Working directly on canvases of raw hessian fabric, #MadeInLA2020 artist Katja Seib produces paintings that riff on phot...
12/14/2020

Working directly on canvases of raw hessian fabric, #MadeInLA2020 artist Katja Seib produces paintings that riff on photographs taken with her phone. Through subtle interplays of texture and image, deft brushwork, and meticulous attention to detail, Seib creates works that are at once familiar and strange. These small paintings are portraits of characters, which the artist sometimes calls protagonists, whom she has encountered in Los Angeles. ⁣
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Learn more about Katja Seib and other #MadeInLA2020 artists here: https://www.huntington.org/made-in-la-2020

#MiLAMondays: While we wait to safely reopen our galleries, The Huntington and Hammer Museum will be sharing a look at the artists and artworks featured in #MadeInLA2020 every Monday.

How would you describe a pineapple to someone who had never seen one before? 🍍 In this video, explore early botanical il...
12/11/2020
Drawing Upon Nature

How would you describe a pineapple to someone who had never seen one before? 🍍 In this video, explore early botanical illustrations with Botanical Director Jim Folsom and learn about the important contribution drawing lends to any pursuit of knowledge.

Jim Folsom offers a concise master class on the important contribution that drawing lends to any pursuit of knowledge, using examples of two botanical illust...

"Study for Hosannah" (1860), a drawing by Jewish artist Simeon Solomon, was inspired by a line in Psalm 149, "Praise for...
12/11/2020

"Study for Hosannah" (1860), a drawing by Jewish artist Simeon Solomon, was inspired by a line in Psalm 149, "Praise for God’s goodness to Israel." Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, Solomon's works depict the rituals of Jewish life and often portray scenes from the Tanakh.

What does it take to turn a bundle of flax from The Huntington's Herb Garden into a seven-ounce ball of thread? The answ...
12/09/2020

What does it take to turn a bundle of flax from The Huntington's Herb Garden into a seven-ounce ball of thread? The answer involves waterfalls, combs, and a spinning wheel. Find out more about this incredible process on the blog > https://bit.ly/3oAdy53

May we brighten your day with photos of tiny turtles? These baby Red Eared Sliders were found during an irrigation line ...
12/09/2020

May we brighten your day with photos of tiny turtles? These baby Red Eared Sliders were found during an irrigation line expansion in The Huntington's Jungle Garden. Thanks to our botanical team, they have been relocated to a safe spot by the Jungle Garden pond. 🐢

At the core of Umar Rashid's practice is a reimagining of romantic history painting and eighteenth-century colonial scen...
12/08/2020

At the core of Umar Rashid's practice is a reimagining of romantic history painting and eighteenth-century colonial scenes. In his work for #MadeInLA2020, Rashid continues his critique of Spanish-controlled colonial California and the depredations of the indigenous population.

Watch these paintings come to life and learn how COVID-19 impacted Rashid's work here: https://bit.ly/3ouuObO

#MiLAMondays

Installed in #MadeInLA2020 are six "Pénétrables," a series of canvases developed by artist Nicola L. (1932–2018) into wh...
12/07/2020

Installed in #MadeInLA2020 are six "Pénétrables," a series of canvases developed by artist Nicola L. (1932–2018) into which viewers could introduce parts of their bodies. Each one is a different color and inscribed with a word that summons the image that the painting represents: “Cloud,” “Flower,” “Forest,” “Terre.” ⁣

Nicola L.'s furniture piece "Canapé Homme Géant / Sofa Homme" (Giant Cut in Pieces) is modeled after a man’s body. While the torso remains the core of the sofa, the oversize man’s limbs act as pillows to be rearranged. This work, like many of Nicola L.’s other functional sculptures, challenges traditional approaches to sculpture as an untouchable object.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3lMQRJ2
#MiLAMondays

For #MadeinLA2020, artist Diane Severin Nguyen created "Summer Cuts," a large-scale intervention installed alongside the...
12/07/2020

For #MadeinLA2020, artist Diane Severin Nguyen created "Summer Cuts," a large-scale intervention installed alongside the windows of the Scott Galleries loggia. This large red curtain is slit, sliced, and cut in a manner that resembles Nguyen's process of making images, standing in for the technical process of photography itself as it filters the natural light outside and imprints textures onto the interior galleries. https://bit.ly/3qAfAnu

#MiLAMondays: While we wait to safely reopen our galleries, The Huntington and @hammer_museum will be sharing a look at the artists and artworks featured in #MadeInLA2020 every Monday.

12/04/2020
A Tribute to Jim Folsom

“The Children’s Garden did not exist before Jim, the Conservatory, the Botanical Center, these greenhouses, the Chinese Garden. He expanded the Rose Garden, the Desert Garden is getting a makeover as we speak, there isn’t a square inch in the garden that he hasn’t had an impact on or influenced."


Check out this beautiful tribute by botanical staff to Jim Folsom, our outgoing Telleen/Jorgensen Director of Botanical Gardens. Explore more videos inspired by Jim's vision and educational legacy here: https://www.huntington.org/how-does-your-garden-grow

#ThrowbackThursday to holiday decorating in #DTLA. ❄️ 🎄 🌟
12/04/2020

#ThrowbackThursday to holiday decorating in #DTLA. ❄️ 🎄 🌟

Need an escape? Explore the journey of early modern paper, learn about white women and the South's slave markets, discov...
12/03/2020

Need an escape? Explore the journey of early modern paper, learn about white women and the South's slave markets, discover the origins of Afrofuturism, and deep dive into the vibrant cultural life of early 19th century Japan. Learn more on the blog: https://bit.ly/3fTCNfA

Pictured: "Astro Black" album cover by the Afrofuturist pioneer, Sun Ra

Curious what #MadeInLA2020 is all about? Explore the show with curators Myriam Ben Salah, Lauren Mackler, and Ikechukwu ...
11/30/2020
Made in L.A. 2020: a version—exhibition overview

Curious what #MadeInLA2020 is all about? Explore the show with curators Myriam Ben Salah, Lauren Mackler, and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi as they tour the two mirrored “versions” installed at The Huntington and Hammer, and discuss the elements of entertainment, horror, and 4th wall presented in the exhibition.

#MiLAMondays: While we wait to safely reopen our galleries, The Huntington and Hammer Museum will be sharing peeks into “Made in L.A. 2020: a version” every Monday.
https://youtu.be/vfusWsSga94

Subscribe to the Hammer Museum's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjcgouIXgFyxJgAPbVE6dlg?sub_confirmation=1The fifth iteration of the Hammer Museum...

Need some gift ideas? Look no further than our made-to-order custom prints. Today is #MuseumStoreSunday, use code MSS10 ...
11/29/2020

Need some gift ideas? Look no further than our made-to-order custom prints. Today is #MuseumStoreSunday, use code MSS10 at check-out for 10% off*. Find your perfect print this festive season > https://bit.ly/2V4RVx3

(*Cannot be combined with Member discounts.)

Pictured:

Ernst Haeckel, "Trochilus," 1904.

Henry Charles Andrews, "Paeonia suffruticosa; var. flore purpureo," 1799-1814.

Unknown French graphic artist, "Biscuits dessert parisien pain d'épices : Guillout," date unknown.

James Stewart, "Plocacosmos: or the whole art of hair dressing (II)," 1782.

Ernst Haeckel, "Desmonema," 1904.

Johann Wilhelm Weinmann (author), "Clematis passionalis, Fleur de la Passion (Phytanthoza Iconographia, plate 396)," 1737-1745.

This has been a Thanksgiving week like no other. If you need a quiet break and a moment of calm, check out "Close Lookin...
11/27/2020

This has been a Thanksgiving week like no other. If you need a quiet break and a moment of calm, check out "Close Looking at The H"- a series of videos created by the education department to encourage close looking. Each video explores an object from The Huntington’s collections and includes questions, prompts, and time for observation. Discover more here > https://bit.ly/3cKRxdu #MuseumMomentOfZen

Pictured: The subject of one of the videos "Juniper in Round Design. Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (Shizhuzhai shuhua pu) 十竹齋書畫譜; volume 3 (Man)" (1633).

Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving. 🦃 🍁 The Huntington is closed for the holiday and will be open with advance reservatio...
11/26/2020

Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving. 🦃 🍁

The Huntington is closed for the holiday and will be open with advance reservations required on Fri., Nov. 27. https://www.huntington.org/plan-your-visit

The ginkgos are going golden! ✨ 💛 See more fall favorites and autumn blooms over on Verso: https://bit.ly/371PWPq
11/25/2020

The ginkgos are going golden! ✨ 💛

See more fall favorites and autumn blooms over on Verso: https://bit.ly/371PWPq

Calling all birders! Can you identify these avian visitors #atTheH? Swipe right for a gallery of recent airborne guests....
11/24/2020

Calling all birders! Can you identify these avian visitors #atTheH? Swipe right for a gallery of recent airborne guests.

Photographs by:
Jeff Silverman
Ben Brewington
Brenda Rees
Christy Wilhelm
Dawn del Vecchio
Jeff Silverman
Jerry Williams
Lilon Meng
Wendy Lang
Wendy Munster
Xiaoyun Jian

For #MadeInLA2020, artist Ligia Lewis produced ‘deader than dead,' which began with an intrigue-based inquiry into deadp...
11/24/2020

For #MadeInLA2020, artist Ligia Lewis produced ‘deader than dead,' which began with an intrigue-based inquiry into deadpan, a comedic mannerism deployed to illustrate emotional distance.

Though Lewis initially developed choreography for ten dancers, that concept changed due to COVID-19, reducing the cast to four performers and pivoting to a more traditional theatrical presentation.

In this new work, the dancers use Macbeth’s soliloquy (“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,” a reflection on repetition and meaninglessness) as the beginning of a work that unfolds in modular parts, each one an illustration or parody of death, stasis, and the void.

View 'deader than dead' and learn more about Ligia Lewis here: https://bit.ly/2KoO5N1

#MiLAMondays: While we wait to reopen our galleries, The Huntington and Hammer Museum will host a behind-the-scenes look at artworks in "Made in L.A.: a version" every Monday.

This sculpture by #MadeInLA2020 artist Ann Greene Kelly was inspired by Huntington collections, specifically the intrica...
11/23/2020

This sculpture by #MadeInLA2020 artist Ann Greene Kelly was inspired by Huntington collections, specifically the intricately carved drapery of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer’s marble sculpture "Zenobia in Chains" (1859) and the Arts and Crafts furniture on display nearby.

The table and leaning chairs are draped with fabric that conceals the shapes of the objects, making them appear mostly as bumps or folds; and the tilted arrangement activates the anthropomorphized form, imparting a sense of movement to inanimate objects.

Learn more about Ann Greene Kelly's works here: https://bit.ly/3frb8lJ

#MiLAMondays: While we wait to reopen our galleries, The Huntington and @Hammer will host a behind-the-scenes look at artworks in "Made in L.A.: a version" every Monday.

We're kicking off #MiLAMondays with this fantastic textile work by Christina Forrer. While Forrer's practice is rooted i...
11/23/2020

We're kicking off #MiLAMondays with this fantastic textile work by Christina Forrer. While Forrer's practice is rooted in classical tapestry, taking inspiration from folk traditions and history painting, her works for #MadeInLA2020 reflect on transference and trauma, tracing how prejudice, anxiety, and strife can permeate generations. Read more about her works here: https://bit.ly/3pUhf6Y

Ode to an autumn Rose Garden. 🌹 🍂 📷: Noah Pelletier#AtTheH
11/22/2020

Ode to an autumn Rose Garden. 🌹 🍂

📷: Noah Pelletier
#AtTheH

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"Margaret Mee meets Stanley Kubrick: the art of Raphael Sloane takes floral photography into the stratosphere." Julie Ardery "Human Flower Project” I am offering my fine art botanical photographs of roses for sale. All 8.5” x 11” signed prints are $75.00 Shipping in Canada and The US is free. There are also other botanical groups being offered. https://www.raphaelsloane.com/collections/138110
The Art of Manuel Miranda. Titan Pere. Mixed Media on Paper, 6” x 20,” 1990.
Interested in learning more about the edible/medicinal/poisonous plants of Southern California (and neighboring territories)? Then look no further :) This live online session will be taking place on Wednesday, December 16 (6pm-830pm PST) and will be recorded and available to registered participants for viewing post-class. Hope you're able to join us! -Tellur Fenner https://www.facebook.com/events/1042748062786912
The Art of Manuel Miranda. Turi Latis. Mixed Media on Paper, 14” x 20,” 1980.
Ever wonder what the Shorb residence looked like before Henry Huntington bought the property? Here's a picture, courtesy of L.A. Relics and the L.A. Public Library. I also posted this on the Huntington Volunteers page.
Black Magic. ⁣"Margaret Mee meets Stanley Kubrick: the art of Raphael Sloane takes floral photography into the stratosphere." Julie Ardery "Human Flower Project” RaphaelSloane.com. instagram @rosecomma
The Art of Manuel Miranda. Tory Patar. Mixed Media on Paper, 13” x 10,” 1991.
Interested in learning about California oaks and acorn processing/preparation? Then look no further :) Without a doubt this is the most comprehensive workshop on the topic. Coming up in Los Angeles this Sunday 11/22 (from 10am-6pm)...and that is just the 8 hour class (I also run a 16+ hour version on occasion). This in person class is taking place outdoors and masks will be required (obviously). If you can't make it out this weekend my next (and final) oak/acorn workshop of 2020 is scheduled for 12/13 up in the SF Bay Area (with online Zoom sessions slated for later this winter). Hope to see ya! -Tellur Fenner https://www.facebook.com/events/322287688714751/
Sweet Freedom in our garden and in my studio. RaphaelSloane.com. instagram @rosecomma
Hot Cocoa. ...“Wild roses," I said to them one morning. "Do you have the answers? And if you do, would you tell me?" The roses laughed softly. "Forgive us," they said. "But as you can see, we are just now entirely busy being roses." RaphaelSloane.com. instagram @rosecomma