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.
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.
58th Annual Bonsai Show
March 28 - March 29, 2015
Saturday–Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Discover the timeless appeal of an ancient horticultural art form as the California Bonsai Society presents its 58th annual show, featuring more than 100 beautiful specimens created by bonsai masters. General admission. Brody Botanical Center
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.
Teahouse Tour & Tea Experience - March 29
March 29, 2015
Sunday, 1, 2 & 3 p.m.
Explore the traditions of the Japanese tea ceremony in a 90-minute program that includes a tour of The Huntington's ceremonial teahouse, Seifu-an, and its surrounding tea garden, followed by a participatory tea ceremony in the Ikebana House. $20. Register online or 800-838-3006.