Highlights of American Drawings and Watercolors from The Huntington’s Art Collections
July 19 - Jan. 5, 2015
Thirty rarely seen masterworks from The Huntington’s significant collection of American drawings and watercolors are on view during this six-month-long exhibition. The installation highlights drawings by John Singer Sargent and Grant Wood, pastels by Mary Cassatt and Edwin Austin Abbey, and watercolors by Winslow Homer and Charles Burchfield. Some works will be rotated with others by the same artists in October 2014 for conservation reasons.
Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War
Aug. 2 - Nov. 3, 2014
In commemoration of the start of World War I in the summer of 1914, this centennial exhibition in the Library’s West Hall illustrates how a global war was waged not just by soldiers on battlefields and politicians in offices, but by civilian populations of men, women, and children on the home fronts of combatant nations including Canada, England, France, and the United States.
Wrestling with Demons: Fantasy and Horror in European Prints and Drawings from The Huntington’s Art Collections
Aug. 30 - Dec. 15, 2014
This focused exhibition explores the darker side of the imagination through a variety of works on paper depicting death, witchcraft, and the demonic in European art. In this group of 15 works spanning the 16th to the 19th centuries, artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Jan Lievens, Francisco de Goya, and William Holman Hunt tap into human fascination with the macabre in works of art that demonstrate our attempt to wrestle with the unknown.
Huntington U - Medicinal Plants
Oct. 3 - Nov. 7, 2014
Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Almost 50% of pharmaceutical prescriptions written today contain plant-derived active ingredients and up to 80% are based on some synthetic ingredients originally isolated from plants. Where does our knowledge of medicinal plants come from, and how did this traditional herbal knowledge become a $500 billion dollar a year industry? This Huntington U course investigates ancient medicinal plant history and traditions of both the Old World and the New, discusses the discovery and utility of modern drug plants from the 17-21st centuries, and probes current herbal claims, to consider how the efficacy of herbal remedies is clinically assessed today. Register
Huntington U - American Art: American Stories
Oct. 3 - Nov. 7, 2014
Fridays, 1-3 p.m. COURSE FILLED
This Huntington U course, led by Antoniette M. Guglielmo, Ph.D., surveys American art from the Colonial Period to 1900, focusing on the evolution of American narratives and visual approaches to storytelling. During this time span, the colonies became states, the frontier pushed westward across the continent, a rural and agricultural society became urban and industrial, and the United States—reunified after the Civil War—emerged as a leader in world affairs. Participants will engage firsthand with artworks in the Huntington’s American Art Collection through thoughtful visual analysis. Register