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News, stories, features, videos and podcasts by The Huntington.

Interactive Guide Puts Birds on the Map

Tue., April 16, 2024 | Sandy Masuo
Inspired by the dazzling array of birds that add beauty and wonder throughout the Huntington gardens, staff member Harrison Hyatt created an interactive map that highlights commonly seen bird species and some of the plants they frequent. His goal is to enhance the Huntington experience by fostering connections with wildlife.

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.

The Art of Sargent Claude Johnson

Tue., April 2, 2024 | John P. Bowles, Jacqueline Francis, and Dennis Carr
Scholars reexamine Sargent Claude Johnson’s life and work through a new lens, exploring his role within the development of American modernism and his influence among artists. From sculptures of underrepresented subjects to majestic architectural commissions, Johnson’s oeuvre is viewed within an expansive framework of global modernism.
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Hdoc: Finding Judith

Thu., March 28, 2024 | Aric Allen
Honor Sachs, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder, is a historian of early America whose research focuses on slavery, law, and family. She is currently writing a multigenerational history of an enslaved family that sued for freedom claiming Indigenous ancestry.

The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine

Tue., March 26, 2024 | Daniel Lewis
The rings of bristlecone pines, the planet’s longest-living trees, chronicle past details about changes in the climate and other environmental variations of global significance. The Huntington’s Daniel Lewis explores this topic and more in his book “Twelve Trees: The Deep Roots of Our Future.”
News

The Huntington to Present “Albrecht Dürer: Wanderlust”

Tue., March 26, 2024
New exhibition explores how German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer’s travels to Italy and beyond, and the cultural exchange with his contemporaries, transformed European art.
Library

Multi-Storied Library: Lasting Impressions – Hand Printing in Practice

Fri., March 22, 2024
The Huntington holds one of the largest collections of William Morris’ Kelmscott Press books in the world. Join Library staff for a deep dive into Morris’ artistic philosophy and handmade approach to printing during a time when the industry was moving toward mass production.

The Role of the Japanese Tea Hut in Understanding the Way of Tea

Fri., March 22, 2024
Bruce Sosei Hamana, a tea ceremony expert with the Urasenke Tankokai Federation, discusses the “chashitsu,” the traditional tearoom.

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.”
Art

Sargent Claude Johnson–California School for the Blind Commission

Mon., March 18, 2024
In 1933, Sargent Johnson began a monumental architectural installation for the California School for the Blind in Berkeley. It was commissioned by the federally sponsored Public Works of Art Project—part of the New Deal.

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.
Events

Huntington Founders Day 2024: Foundations and Futures

Tue., March 12, 2024
The 2024 Founders’ Day program marked The Huntington’s fifth anniversary under the leadership of President Karen R. Lawrence.