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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.

The Huntington Acquires Rare Scroll Painted by Ming Dynasty Master Qiu Ying

Tue., Sept. 19, 2023
The Huntington has announced the acquisition of Zhou Dunyi Admiring Lotuses, a rare hanging scroll painted by Qiu Ying (ca. 1495–ca. 1552), one of the most celebrated Chinese artists of the 16th century.

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.

News Release – The 320-Year-Old Japanese Heritage Shōya House to Open Oct. 21

Tue., Sept. 12, 2023
Sustainable living across three centuries will be showcased in the historic residence and compound, which was moved to California from Marugame, Japan.

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.

The Huntington Store Offers Delightful Gifts for the 2023 Holiday Season

Tue., Sept. 5, 2023
Items range from handmade jewelry to frameable art and home goods, all in tune with The Huntington’s remarkable library, art, and botanical collections.

A Thousand Years of Books: Printed in 1085

Tue., Aug. 29, 2023
Some people assume that the Gutenberg Bible is the oldest printed book at The Huntington. But there’s a much older one that dates back almost 1,000 years ago! Curator Li Wei Yang explores the connections between the printing cultures of China and Europe.

“Drifting Toward Twilight” Debuts Nov. 11

Tue., Aug. 29, 2023
Renowned American artist Betye Saar’s large-scale work “Drifting Toward Twilight” will go on view Nov. 11, 2023, in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art.

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.

How Hockney Came to The Huntington

Tue., Aug. 8, 2023 | Keisha Raines
The Huntington has acquired David Hockney’s painting “Tree on Woldgate, 6 March,” along with 17 works on paper that include drawings, prints, and watercolors. Donated by Gregory Evans, who had a close romantic and business relationship with Hockney for many years, the works showcase an intimate side of the artist.

News Release - Huntington Trustees Elect Two New Members

Thu., Aug. 3, 2023
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens’ seven-member Board of Trustees has elected Scott Jordan and Allen E. Shay as new members. The Board of Trustees is responsible for The Huntington’s financial sustainability and overarching direction, assisted by a 65-member Board of Governors.