Sargent Claude Johnson Drop-In Talks

Join Huntington docents in the Boone Gallery for informal talks and additional insight about Sargent Claude Johnson’s “Organ Screen” and “Head of a Boy.”

On view in the “Sargent Claude Johnson” exhibition are Head of a Boy (ca. 1928) and the monumental carved redwood Organ Screen (1933–34), which was created for the auditorium of the California School for the Blind in Berkeley, California. The screen—which had been out of public view from 1980 to 2011, when The Huntington acquired it—will be reunited with the other parts of Johnson’s California School for the Blind commission for the first time in over four decades.

Talks at 11 a.m. and noon, subject to docent availability.

Three carved wood panels on a wall that form a semicircle.

Sargent Claude Johnson, Organ Screen, 1933–34, gilded and painted redwood, 105 × 264 × 2 in. Photo: © 2014 Fredrik Nilsen. | The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

 Glazed terracotta sculpture of a boy.

Sargent Claude Johnson, Head of a Boy, ca. 1928, glazed terracotta, 7 1/2 × 4 3/4 × 6 in. | © Estate of Sargent Claude Johnson. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

About the Exhibition:

Feb. 17–May 20, 2024 | This exhibition of 43 works is dedicated to the work of Sargent Claude Johnson, the California artist whose uplifting portrayals of people of color made him the West Coast’s key connection to the Harlem Renaissance.

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