Between Modernism and Tradition: British Works on Paper, 1914-1948
March 28 - Sept. 21, 2015
Early 20th-century modernism in Britain drew its inspiration from avant-garde art movements in France, Germany, and Italy, the best known of which was Vorticism, a dynamic style of jarring colors and bold lines that embraced modernity and the machine age. This exhibition of about two dozen drawings, watercolors, and prints, drawn from The Huntington’s collections, explores the great range of artistic styles employed by British artists through a period of dramatic social upheaval and change.
Glory After the Fall: Images of Ruins in 18th- and 19th-Century British Art
April 18 - Aug. 10, 2015
Possessing a mysterious beauty and a capacity to evoke complex emotions, ruins have fascinated viewers for centuries. They serve as reminders of triumph and achievement while functioning as potent symbols of loss and destruction. With Rome as its primary focus, this exhibition features the prints, drawings, and watercolors of 18th and 19th-century British artists from The Huntington’s art collections.
Music in the Chinese Garden
May 1 - May 31, 2015
Wednesdays, 1–3 p.m.
Enjoy traditional Chinese music every Wednesday afternoon in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. General admission. (Cancelled in the event of rain.)
Preschool Series: Beatrix Potter and Friends
May 13 - June 3, 2015
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–noon
Enter the world of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, and their friends in four delightful mornings of fun with instructor Laura Moede. Each class includes art projects, stories, and explorations of the gardens or galleries. Ages 3–5. Fee includes one accompanying adult. Members: $85. Non-Members: $95. Register online or call 800-838-3006.
Velvet Paintings: 18th-Century Pastels from The Huntington’s Art Collections
May 16 - Sept. 7, 2015
This exhibition features nine 18th-century pastels from The Huntington’s holdings, which have not been on public view for nearly a decade. Still-sparkling works by masters of the medium such as Rosalba Carriera, Francis Cotes, and William Hoare, brilliantly demonstrate why the late 17th-century French art theorist Roger de Piles called pastel “the most commodious type of painting.”
The Art of Wine Tasting
May 27, 2015
Wednesday, 5–7:30 p.m.
Full-bodied. Austere. A hint of chocolate. The aroma of wet dog. If you're baffled by wine descriptors like these, join us for an evening of sensory exploration into the subjective art of wine tasting, led by Brad Owen of the Art Institute of California. Members: $90. Non-Members: $105. Register online or 800-838-3006.