Between Modernism and Tradition: British Works on Paper, 1914-1948
March 28 - Sept. 21, 2015
Early 20th-century modernism in Britain drew its inspiration from avant-garde art movements in France, Germany, and Italy, the best known of which was Vorticism, a dynamic style of jarring colors and bold lines that embraced modernity and the machine age. This exhibition of about two dozen drawings, watercolors, and prints, drawn from The Huntington’s collections, explores the great range of artistic styles employed by British artists through a period of dramatic social upheaval and change.
Glory After the Fall: Images of Ruins in 18th- and 19th-Century British Art
April 18 - Aug. 10, 2015
Possessing a mysterious beauty and a capacity to evoke complex emotions, ruins have fascinated viewers for centuries. They serve as reminders of triumph and achievement while functioning as potent symbols of loss and destruction. With Rome as its primary focus, this exhibition features the prints, drawings, and watercolors of 18th and 19th-century British artists from The Huntington’s art collections.
Velvet Paintings: 18th-Century Pastels from The Huntington’s Art Collections
May 16 - Sept. 7, 2015
This exhibition features nine 18th-century pastels from The Huntington’s holdings, which have not been on public view for nearly a decade. Still-sparkling works by masters of the medium such as Rosalba Carriera, Francis Cotes, and William Hoare, brilliantly demonstrate why the late 17th-century French art theorist Roger de Piles called pastel “the most commodious type of painting.”
Magna Carta: Law and Legend, 1215-2015
June 13 - Oct. 12, 2015
Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, this exhibition explores the language and ideology of constitutionalism and the rule of law. While the cornerstone of the exhibition is The Huntington's 13th-century draft of the Magna Carta, the themes move beyond Medieval England to explore the relevance of Magna Carta to later English history, the history of the United States, and the modern world, drawn from the Huntington’s collections.
Music in the Chinese Garden
July 1 - July 31, 2015
Wednesdays, 1–3 p.m.
Enjoy traditional Chinese music every Wednesday afternoon in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. General admission. (Cancelled in the event of rain.)