Huntington Verso

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

Queering the Collections: A Tale of Two Libraries

Tue., Dec. 5, 2023 | Brooke Palmieri
Brooke Palmieri, the inaugural writer-in-residence at The Huntington, examines traces of queer history as a way of building a wider understanding about the relationship between what survives from the past and how that information is or is not incorporated into our sense of history.

Elizabeth Montagu and the Bluestocking Corpus Online

Tue., Nov. 28, 2023 | Elizabeth Eger
The Huntington conference “Correspondence and Embodiment: The Bluestocking Corpus Online,” organized in collaboration with the Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence Online project, will investigate new questions deriving from the recent digitization of The Huntington’s Elizabeth Montagu Papers.

How #MeToo Played Out in 19th-Century California

Tue., Nov. 14, 2023 | Erika Pérez
The extensive Los Angeles Area Court Records offer researchers invaluable evidence of everyday contestations over sexuality and gender relations in early California, the blurring of lines between sexual consent and coercion, and abuses of women whose economic survival was at stake.

William Camargo’s Protest Pictures Give Voice to History

Tue., Nov. 7, 2023 | Deborah Miller Marr
Photographer William Camargo has a talent for transporting the viewer to a precise moment in time, often delivering a jarring history lesson in the process. His series Origins and Displacements amplifies issues of gentrification and the invisible labor in his hometown of Anaheim, California.

Reflecting on Daguerreotypes

Tue., Oct. 31, 2023 | Linde Lehtinen
There are more than 70 daguerreotypes in The Huntington’s collection, each with stories as unique as the daguerreotype process itself. These miniature portals into 19th-century life preserve vital histories and allow viewers to engage in their own contact with the past.

Rethinking Maritime History from Below

Tue., Oct. 24, 2023 | James Davey and Kevin Dawson
The academic conference “Maritime History from Below: Rethinking Societies and the Sea” (Nov. 3–4) offers new stories of humankind’s relationship to the sea, including the experiences of sailors, transported prisoners, enslaved people, and Indigenous Americans.

Sharing the Love with Hilton Als

Tue., Oct. 17, 2023 | Sandy Masuo
Hilton Als joined Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence in a conversation about his career as a critic and curator, the relationship between visual and textual forms, and the endless inspiration found in The Huntington’s collections.

Vincent Lugo and the Monsters of La Laguna

Tue., Sept. 26, 2023 | Cheryl Cheng
Vincent Lugo, whose family papers are at The Huntington, helped build the beloved La Laguna de San Gabriel playground, also known as “Monster Park.” The so-called monsters are play sculptures of an octopus called Ozzie, a whale known as Minnie, and a starfish named Stella, among other smiling sea creatures.

Paintings, Peepshows, and Porcupines: Exhibitions in London

Tue., Sept. 12, 2023 | Jordan Bear and Catherine Roach
Art exhibitions in the late 18th and early 19th centuries created rich immersive environments of fine art working in tandem with other media, which today can seem like a bewildering jumble. The Huntington’s “Paintings, Peepshows, and Porcupines” conference will begin to make sense of this apparent chaos.

Sensory Adventures in the Gardens

Tue., Sept. 5, 2023 | Sandy Masuo
With the aim of engaging a more diverse cross section of people, The Huntington created the Meet Me in the Garden program as a way of welcoming visitors with different sensory needs. The program is geared toward families with members who identify as disabled, but all guests can participate.

Conservatory Collaboration

Tue., Aug. 22, 2023 | Sandy Masuo
The Huntington’s Botanical staff members routinely collaborate with other institutions to tackle conservation challenges. Most of the time, these are carefully planned projects: propagating rare and endangered species, making gardens more resilient to the changing climate, and teaching cryopreservation or culturing plant tissue. But sometimes, the unexpected happens.

Gateway to the Desert Garden

Tue., Aug. 15, 2023 | Sandy Masuo
The Desert Garden is one of the world’s premier collections of succulent plants, covering more than 10 acres and comprising more than 5,000 arid-adapted plants. The Desert Garden Entrance Project, nearing completion, will make it possible to showcase more of this collection and spotlight the significance of these plants.