Highlights of American Drawings and Watercolors from The Huntington’s Art Collections
July 19 - Jan. 5, 2015
Thirty rarely seen masterworks from The Huntington’s significant collection of American drawings and watercolors are on view during this six-month-long exhibition. The installation highlights drawings by John Singer Sargent and Grant Wood, pastels by Mary Cassatt and Edwin Austin Abbey, and watercolors by Winslow Homer and Charles Burchfield. Some works will be rotated with others by the same artists in October 2014 for conservation reasons.
Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War
Aug. 2 - Nov. 3, 2014
In commemoration of the start of World War I in the summer of 1914, this centennial exhibition in the Library’s West Hall illustrates how a global war was waged not just by soldiers on battlefields and politicians in offices, but by civilian populations of men, women, and children on the home fronts of combatant nations including Canada, England, France, and the United States.
Book Group Series: Notable Novels of World War I
Aug. 20 - Nov. 19, 2014
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–noon
Explore themes from the First World War in a book discussion four-part series led by facilitator Judith Palarz. The reading list includes All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford, and Regeneration by Pat Barker. (Receive a 10 percent discount on series titles in The Huntington gift shop by showing your registration confirmation.) $95. Register online or call 800-838-3006.
Wrestling with Demons: Fantasy and Horror in European Prints and Drawings from The Huntington’s Art Collections
Aug. 30 - Dec. 15, 2014
This focused exhibition explores the darker side of the imagination through a variety of works on paper depicting death, witchcraft, and the demonic in European art. In this group of 15 works spanning the 16th to the 19th centuries, artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Jan Lievens, Francisco de Goya, and William Holman Hunt tap into human fascination with the macabre in works of art that demonstrate our attempt to wrestle with the unknown.
Music in the Chinese Garden
Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2014
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.)
Huntington U - William Blake: Poet, Artist, Engraver
Oct. 1 - Nov. 5, 2014
Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
William Blake (1757-1827) is now recognized as a major poet of the romantic era, a wonderfully imaginative artist, and England’s most innovative print maker. Historian and author of William Blake at The Huntington, Robert Essick leads this six-week seminar exploring all aspects of Blake’s multifaceted talents with an emphasis on the world-class collection of Blake’s works at The Huntington. The specific interests of seminar participants will determine the structure of the course. Register
Huntington U - Shakespeare at 450: Six Perspectives on Hamlet
Oct. 1 - Nov. 5, 2014
Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.
Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, a group of Huntington scholars will team-teach a seminar exploring Hamlet – its conundrums, contexts, and legacies. Discussion topics will include stage conventions, early modern print culture, humanism and calculation, law and ethics in Hamlet, the drama of popular protest, and Hamlet in the American West. Sessions will be led by Heidi Brayman Hackel, Steve Hindle, Heather James, Rebecca Lemon and Carla Mazzio. Register
Wines of Northern Italy
Oct. 22, 2014
Wednesday, 5–7:30 p.m.
From the Piedmont region to Friuli, northern Italy produces some of the most superb wines in the world. Join wine expert Brad Owen for an in depth lecture and tasting focusing on Barolo, Barbaresco, and other regional favorites. $95.
Register online or call 800-838-3006.