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Excursions of Imagination

July 12, 2022 | Ann Bermingham
Stretching from the 17th to the 20th century, the range of drawings and watercolors in Excursions of Imagination: 100 Great British Drawings from The Huntington’s Collection testifies not only to the richness of The Huntington’s acquisitions but also to the breadth of British graphic art.

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.

News Release - New Exhibition Will Explore the Making of The Huntington’s Chinese Garden

July 6, 2022
Visitors to The Huntington will have the chance to gain insight into the design and construction of its Chinese Garden in the “Crafting a Garden: Inside the Creation of Liu Fang Yuan”

Titanic Mysteries

July 5, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
In the botanical world, the Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan Arum, has been an A-list celebrity. The Huntington first acquired one in March 1999, and five months later, the Scott Gallery Loggia was the site of the first recorded flowering of Titan Arum in California.

News Release - “Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts” Coming to The Huntington

June 30, 2022
The international traveling exhibition explores 18th-century French decorative arts as inspiration for Disney’s celebrated animated films, including Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty.

Water, Water, Everywhere?

June 28, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
In arid 21st-century California, April arrives at the tail end of the rainy season, which concluded this year with a water shortage emergency announcement. By the time state officials released the statement on April 27, The Huntington's Botanical and Facilities staff members, who closely monitor rainfall and water consumption throughout...

Welcoming the 2022–23 Research Fellows

June 21, 2022 | Steve Hindle
June is a wonderful time of year at The Huntington: The flowers are in bloom, the gardens and galleries are bustling with visitors, and a fresh cohort of scholars are once again poring over our world-class collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, paintings, prints, and much more.

Laura Aguilar’s California

June 14, 2022 | Linde Lehtinen and Dennis Carr
A woman lies naked on the ground, warmed by the sun. The organic lines of her body echo the color and curves of the stone beneath her, and she seems to merge with her environment. The central image is flanked by two photographs of desert bunchgrasses and California fuchsia plants,...

Gifts from Japan

June 7, 2022 | Robert Hori
Robert Hori, the gardens cultural curator and program director at The Huntington, was invited to serve as guest curator for an exhibition at the Portland Japanese Garden. The collaborative result is “Gifts from Japan: A Horticultural Tale Told through Botanical Art,” an exhibition that focuses on the intersection of garden...

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.

News Release - “100 Great British Drawings” Opens June 18

June 2, 2022
Exploring a range of styles among The Huntington’s premier collection of British drawings and watercolors from the 17th to the mid-20th century, the exhibition highlights rarely seen works from masters of the medium, including William Blake, John Brett, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, and J. M. W. Turner.

Thinking Outside the (Art) Box

May 31, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the amount of time that people, particularly youngsters, spent focused on screens was an issue of concern. When California issued its stay-at-home order in March 2020, this only exacerbated the issue. That summer, Sarah Wilson, the director of education at the Autry Museum of the...