Past Exhibitions

Watercolor painting of a house designed by Wallace Neff

The Legacy of Wallace Neff

This small exhibition celebrated the acquisition of Wallace Neff's papers and displayed a sampling of other significant material related to the famed architect's work in the Library.

Jack Smith at his writing desk

Smith on Wry: Jack Smith, Columnist for Our Times

Smith on Wry: Jack Smith, Columnist for Our Times, looks at Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Smith, one of the most popular newspaper columnists in Southern California history.

Woman with curlers

This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs

This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs examines the dynamic relationship between the city and the art of photography from the 1860s to the present.

Chalk drawing of Charles Darwin and his sister, Catherine

Darwin’s Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure

Although Charles Darwin (1809–1882) is well known for his theory of evolution, few people are aware of his insightful work with plants and the key role botany played in formulating his ideas.

Culbertson house lantern by Greene and Greene

A "New and Native" Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene

The Huntington, in partnership with the Gamble House, USC, presents the most comprehensive exhibition ever undertaken on the work of Arts and Crafts legends Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene—the first such exhibition to travel outside of California.

Botanical drawing of fern

Highgrove Florilegium

The watercolors are the work of international artists who were invited by the Prince of Wales to capture the diversity of his garden for a limited-edition fine-art publication, The Highgrove Florilegium. Proceeds from the book benefit the Prince's Charities Foundation.

visitor looking at display in a gallery

Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World

"Beautiful Science" features hundreds of artifacts that tell the stories of the breakthroughs, discoveries, and people at the forefront of astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light.

Last photograph of Abraham Lincoln

Collecting Lincoln

On the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, a new exhibition looks at the role of collectors in preserving his memory.

Detail of Ming dynasty hanging scroll

Treasures through Six Generations: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Weng Collection

One of the greatest private collections of Chinese art in the nation is showcased at The Huntington in "Treasures through Six Generations: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Weng Collection," on view April 11 through July 13 in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery.

Painting of Blinking Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson: Literary Giant of the 18th Century

Samuel Johnson: Literary Giant of the 18th Century, a new exhibition opening May 23 and continuing through Sept. 21 in the West Hall of the Library, tells the story of Johnson's life and achievements through a display of rare books, manuscripts, and portraits drawn from The Huntington's holdings and from the Loren and Frances Rothschild Collection.

Karen Halverson, Shafer Trail, near Moab, Utah from the Downstream series, 1994–95. Archival pigment print; 24 x 20 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Karen Halverson

The exhibition features 24 works from Halverson's Downstream series as well as a sampling of images from The Huntington's historic holdings related to the Colorado River region.

British watercolor

British Watercolors of the Eastern Mediterranean

By the end of the first quarter of the 19th century, watercolor paintings of the western European landscape had become familiar to British collectors, who began to seek new and different imagery with which to decorate their houses.