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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.

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

Fri., Oct. 13, 2023
Sustainable living across three centuries will be showcased in the historic residence and compound, which was moved to California from Marugame, Japan.

The Making of Disney's “Beauty and the Beast”

Tue., Oct. 10, 2023
Exhibition curator Wolf Burchard from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in conversation with producer Don Hahn, animator Glen Keane, and art director Brian McEntee.

Behind the Scenes: Screenwriting Disney Classics

Tue., Oct. 10, 2023
In celebration of the exhibition “Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts,” join Beauty and the Beast screenwriter Linda Woolverton for an in-depth conversation with Wolf Burchard, Associate Curator, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art i

Family Archivists: Letters from Jane Austen’s Mom

Mon., Oct. 9, 2023
Letters from Jane Austen’s mother reveal more than just a glimpse into the famous author’s family—they highlight the importance of archives and those who tend to them.

Josh Garrett-Davis Appointed as The Huntington’s H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History

Wed., Oct. 4, 2023
The Huntington announced today the appointment of Josh Garrett-Davis as the H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History. Garrett-Davis has served for the past seven years as the Gamble Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles.

The Huntington to Present Major Exhibition on Sargent Claude Johnson

Tue., Oct. 3, 2023
The Huntington will produce a major exhibition and book on Black artist Sargent Claude Johnson, whose powerful works—masks, portrait busts, and figural sculptures created in the 1920s and 1930s—have become emblems of the Harlem Renaissance. This will be the first exhibition devoted to Johnson in over 25 years.

Avocados at The Huntington and Beyond

Tue., Oct. 3, 2023 | Sandy Masuo
In 1905, Henry E. Huntington asked his superintendent of grounds, William Hertrich, if it was possible to grow an avocado orchard. Hertrich replied that he would be willing to make the experiment. More than a century later, the avocado experiment continues, linking communities and expanding our understanding of plant science.

2023 Art Acquisitions Make Connections Across Time, Space, and The Huntington’s Collections

Thu., Sept. 28, 2023
Spanning more than 450 years, the works come from a diverse group of artists from across the globe, including Edward Mitchell Bannister, Agostino Brunias, Dominique Fung, David Hockney, Letitia Huckaby, Mineo Mizuno, Kenjiro Nomura, Sandy Rodriguez, Betye Saar, Lilly Martin Spencer, Nari Ward, and Qiu Ying.

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.