Huntington Verso

The blog of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

New Perspectives on Early Encounters between China and the West

Tue., April 9, 2024 | Tonio Andrade
Historians long thought the Qing dynasty was arrogant, xenophobic, and closed to the world. If it had been more open, they argued, China would have been able to counter the Western advance. Recently, however, scholars have shown that the Qing were far more cosmopolitan, open, and connected than once believed.

Eve Babitz, Collage Artist

Tue., March 19, 2024 | Sarah Francis
Before Eve Babitz became a published writer, she was a visual artist, and her chosen medium was collage. Inspired by Joseph Cornell and Andy Warhol, she created the album cover art for Buffalo Springfield’s “Buffalo Springfield Again” and The Byrds’ “Untitled.”

The Huntington’s Foundations and Futures

Tue., March 12, 2024 | Sandy Masuo
To celebrate this year’s Founders’ Day, Lori Bettison-Varga, president and director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, engaged in a wide-ranging conversation with Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence about the past, present, and future of The Huntington.

Five Great Native Plants

Tue., March 5, 2024 | Sandy Masuo
California natives add a regional flair to gardens and also support local wildlife; many birds and pollinators prefer native plants, and some depend exclusively on them. Native plants fit a variety of garden niches, from spectacular specimen trees to ground covers, vines, and colorful annuals.

Another West: Ecologies of Photography

Tue., Feb. 27, 2024 | Monica Bravo and Carolin Görgen
An exploration of photography’s ecological dimensions provides an opportunity to reexamine the role that photography has played in documentation as well as environmental degradation. By examining photographs other than those of classic Western landscapes, we reconsider how Indigenous persons and settlers perceived and interacted with the environment.

Reflecting on Black Artistic Influence in California

Tue., Feb. 20, 2024 | Lauren Cross
During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ’60s, California was an important site of African American creativity, even in the face of intense discrimination. Black enclaves emerged as places where African American leaders, activists, writers, performers, and visual artists could build community and make professional connections.

Petrarch Mania: Love, Poetry, and Fan Fiction in the Renaissance

Tue., Feb. 13, 2024 | Shannon McHugh
Centuries before the pop song, love sonnets provided the thrill of peeking into another’s romantic experience. Petrarch’s poems about his adoration of a woman named Laura still impacts how we talk about love today and spawned an early kind of fan fiction that swept the Renaissance reading public.

Interview with Octavia E. Butler Fellow Lois Rosson

Tue., Jan. 30, 2024 | Kevin Durkin
Lois Rosson, The Huntington’s 2023–24 Octavia E. Butler Fellow, discusses her experience at NASA, her study of astronomical illustrations as extensions of the frontier West, and Butler’s alternative vision of space.

The Imagined Library of R.B. Kitaj

Tue., Jan. 23, 2024 | Sabina Zonno
American artist R.B. Kitaj, one of the major figures in the London art scene of the 1960s, loved books not only for their contents but as tangible objects. Kitaj created an imagined library in screen prints, which is on display in the Huntington Art Gallery through March 4, 2024.

New Conservation Discoveries: Edward Hopper’s “The Long Leg”

Tue., Jan. 16, 2024 | Christina M. O’Connell and Kevin Durkin
While examining and treating Edward Hopper’s iconic painting “The Long Leg,” Christina M. O’Connell, the Mary Ann and John Sturgeon Senior Paintings Conservator at The Huntington, discovered something that others have overlooked.

Greetings from The Huntington’s Archives

Tue., Jan. 9, 2024 | Sandy Masuo
The custom of using an eye-catching greeting card to convey good wishes is a time-honored tradition, one exceptional chapter of which can be found in The Huntington’s archives.

Revisiting 2023 at The Huntington

Tue., Dec. 26, 2023 | Kevin Durkin
The Huntington is a place of wonder, beauty, and intellectual engagement. With the following selection of Verso posts, we invite you to revisit some of The Huntington’s 2023 highlights.