Glory After the Fall: Images of Ruins in 18th- and 19th-Century British ArtApril 18-Aug. 10, 2015
April 18-Aug. 10, 2015
Huntington Art Gallery, Works on Paper Room
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.
Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial ExhibitionJune 13-Aug. 23, 2015
June 13-Aug. 23, 2015
Brody Botanical Center, Flora-Legium, Saturdays and Sundays only
The eccentric beauty of the plant kingdom is celebrated in this traveling exhibition 47 contemporary botanical illustrations by artists from Australia, Canada, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Velvet Paintings: 18th-Century Pastels from The Huntington’s Art CollectionsMay 16-Sept. 7, 2015
May 16-Sept. 7, 2015
Huntington Gallery, Focus Room
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.”
Between Modernism and Tradition: British Works on Paper, 1914-1948March 28-Sept. 21, 2015
March 28-Sept. 21, 2015
Huntington Art Gallery, West Wing, Second Floor
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.
Magna Carta: Law and Legend, 1215-2015June 13-Oct. 12, 2015
June 13-Oct. 12, 2015
Library, West Hall
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.