Sargent Claude Johnson

Feb. 17–May 20, 2024 | This exhibition of 41 works draws from The Huntington’s important collection by the artist as well as key loans from institutional and private collections, some not seen publicly in decades.

On view will be The Huntington’s Head of a Boy (ca. 1928) and monumental carved redwood Organ Screen (1933–34), which was created for the auditorium of the California School for the Blind in Berkeley, California. In this exhibition, 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.

Johnson’s work speaks volumes about the fragility of our shared cultural heritage and the critical role that institutions like The Huntington play in safeguarding this heritage for future generations. With this exhibition, The Huntington is making the full range of Johnson's work accessible to the artists, researchers, and audiences of today.

This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous funding for this exhibition is also provided by an anonymous foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, the Steve Martin Fund for American Art, and The Ahmanson Foundation Exhibition and Education Endowment.