Videos and Recorded Programs

Videos about The Huntington and previously recorded lectures, programs, and conferences

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The Medium Is the Message: Drawing in Britain, 1750-1950

July 13, 2022
Ann Bermingham, professor emeritus at UC Santa Barbara, uncovers the methods used to create British drawings between the 17th and 19th centuries.

A William Blake Hand Printed Drawing (1795)

July 8, 2022
There is a unique print found in our exhibition “100 Great British Drawings” that was almost not included.

Coloring the Conservation Conversation

June 7, 2022
Author J. Drew Lanham discusses what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds.

Hdoc: Cycad Sleuths

May 13, 2022
A gardener noticed a population of weevils living inside a few cycad cones growing on the property and knew it was a big deal. He showed them to one of The Huntington's botanical researchers who kicked off a project this year to study how the weevils pollinate our Dioon cycads.

What is the Value of Historic Libraries? Looking Afresh at the Bridgewater Library, a Jewel in The Huntington Crown

May 4, 2022
David Pearson, former director of culture, heritage, and libraries for the City of London Corporation, looks afresh at the Bridgewater Library, informed by recent work on 17th-century private libraries more broadly, with a view to teasing out its cultural value today.

Why It Matters: Lonnie G. Bunch III in conversation with Karen R. Lawrence and Robert C. Davidson Jr.

April 26, 2022
Lonnie G. Bunch III, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, joins Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence and Huntington Governor Robert C. Davidson Jr.

Conversation: Nathan Wang and Lisa See on "On Gold Mountain"

April 21, 2022
Chinese American composer Nathan Wang, the 2022-23 Cheng Family Foundation Visiting Artist in the Chinese Garden, will introduce his remarkable career and the development of the opera "On Gold Mountain" in collaboration with renowned author Lisa See.

Skill, Speed, and Diplomacy: The Artistic Achievement of Don Bachardy

April 19, 2022
Robert Flynn Johnson, curator emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, discusses how Don Bachardy was one of the most insightful draftsmen of his era.

Witnessing the Invisible: An Air Pump in the Art Gallery

April 18, 2022
An exhibition centered around Joseph Wright of Derby's masterpiece "An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump" becomes a starting point to examine how witnessing experiments with air pumps were critically important for the transfer of scientific knowledge during the Enlightenment and after.

Wonder and Wonders: Eighteenth-Century Science and the Imagination

April 13, 2022
Tita Chico, professor at the University of Maryland, explores how the concept of wonder during the eighteenth century helps us to see the imaginative underpinnings of how we come to understand the natural world and its various phenomena.

Temples in the Cliffside: Buddhist Art in Sichuan

March 31, 2022
In her new book, Temples in the Cliffside: Buddhist Art in Sichuan, Sonya Lee argues that centuries-old religious monuments can be part of the wo

From Darkness to Light: In Conversation About Joseph Wright of Derby's "Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump"

March 30, 2022
In response to Mathew Craske's prize winning recent biography of Joseph Wright of Derby, Huntington curators Joel Klein and Melinda McCurdy discuss Wright's iconic painting, Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump (1768) in the exhibition, "Science and the Sublime: A Masterpiece by Joseph Wr