Henry Fuseli’s The Three Witches
Oct. 11 - March 30, 2015
The Huntington’s newly acquired painting, The Three Witches
or The Weird Sisters
by Anglo-Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741–1825), appears to be a finished, full-size study for one of the artist’s best-known compositions. The Huntington’s version of the work was in private hands since its creation around 1782, and this installation marks the first time it has been on public display. The painting depicts the pivotal moment in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth
(act 1, scene 3) when the protagonist encounters a demonic trio of witches who foretell his fate.
Bruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro: Two American Photographers in Britain and Ireland
Nov. 8 - March 9, 2015
This traveling exhibition pairs for the first time 128 works by American photographers Paul Caponigro (b. 1932) and Bruce Davidson (b. 1933), enlightened observers of Britain and Ireland in the 1960s and ’70s. For Caponigro, Ireland and Britain became sites of creative energy to which he returned repeatedly. Davidson brought the same gritty street sensibility that had made his Brooklyn Gang series a sensation among photograph collectors. The exhibition examines the artistic, social, and historical forces informing two master photographers as they bring American eyes to enduring landscapes and changing cultural scenes.
Eccentric Visions: Drawings by Henry Fuseli, William Blake, and Their Contemporaries
Nov. 22 - March 16, 2015
In an age of great drawing, Anglo-Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) and his circle in Britain helped to push the medium into new areas of expressiveness, invention, and boldness of conception. This small exhibition consists of about 30 works from The Huntington's exceptional holdings of drawings and watercolors by Fuseli, William Blake, George Romney, John Flaxman, Joseph Wright of Derby, James Barry, John Brown, and Richard Cosway.
Working Women: Images of Female Labor in the Art of Thomas Rowlandson
Dec. 20 - April 13, 2015
As one of Britain’s premier draftsmen, Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) lent his vast talent to the comic depiction of a wide range of topics, from politics to pornography. His satirical views of Georgian society are among his strongest work, and The Huntington’s collection focuses primarily on this aspect of his oeuvre. This display of 11 rarely-exhibited watercolors from the collection focuses on Rowlandson’s depiction of women. Eschewing complex political or philosophical messages, Rowlandson’s images, though humorous, provide a fascinating glimpse into the reality of women’s lives at this time.
Samuel F. B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and the Art of Invention
Jan. 24 - May 4, 2015
Samuel F. B. Morse, of Morse code fame, may be better known as an inventor, but he began his career as a painter. This exhibition focuses exclusively on his masterwork, Gallery of the Louvre (1831–1833), featuring great paintings from the Louvre’s collection. The six-by-nine- foot canvas depicts masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Van Dyck, among others, in a configuration deliberately fabricated by Morse.
The U.S. Constitution and the End of American Slavery
Jan. 24 - April 20, 2015
Just after 3 p.m. on Jan. 31, 1865, Schuyler Colfax, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, called for the vote on a joint resolution that would amend the Constitution to abolish slavery in the United States. Timed to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Thirteenth Amendment, this exhibition explores the long, tortuous, and bloody road that led to that fateful vote. With more than 80 items, drawn entirely from The Huntington’s collection of historical materials, it features rare manuscripts, books, and prints, including letters by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.