High School students Sonia Torres and Albert Chavez working on
photography project for a 1,000-foot-long fence at The Huntington
Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo: Susan Simpson
May 14, 2013
MARINO, Calif. —An innovative partnership between The Huntington
Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and East L.A.’s Esteban E. Torres High School
has produced some pretty snappy results: An exhibition of photography
by students that will be displayed along more than 1,000 feet of
construction fence surrounding The Huntington’s Education and Visitor Center.
students’ artwork was unveiled today at an event marking the
culmination of the collaboration, the first of a series of activities
The Huntington and Torres aim to do through their "2nd Campus" program.
a time when so many headlines suggest that K–12 education is in dire
straits, we’re seeing proof of what can happen when you give students
and teachers a little support and a lot of license,” said Steven S.
Koblik, Huntington president. “We’re delighted with the results and are
equally pleased that we will soon have an expansive display space on
which to present them.” The construction fence will be adorned with
life-size photographs of students holding the photographs they created.
It goes up in early June.
The work will be on display
through early 2015, when construction of the new Education and Visitor
Center is expected to be complete.
For the fence project,
The Huntington and Torres High established an Artist-in-Residence
program in the fall of 2012, bringing in CalArts professor and
professional artist Susan Simpson to help mentor high school students
and their teachers.
Students took photographs—at both The
Huntington and in their neighborhoods—that were based on elements and
themes they found compelling, inspiring, or provocative. The goal of the
project was to give students real-world experience through
project-based learning opportunities. Students engaged in the project as
if they had been hired by clients: conversations and work groups
focused on the steps they might take and challenges they might confront
as professional artists or graphic designers. They focused not only on
technical aspects, but also on the process of getting the work done.
More specifically, they grappled with issues of storytelling, point of
view, portrait photography, model releases, lighting, storyboarding,
graphic design, and project scheduling.
As part of the
project, students also had a unique opportunity to work with Ture
Lillegraven, an award-winning international photographer.
the amazing collections here—be they botanical, art, or rare books and
manuscripts—we believe we can help increase teachers’ understanding of
the content they’re teaching and ultimately help students in crucial
ways,” said Catherine Allgor, Nadine and Robert A. Skotheim Director of
Education at The Huntington. She added, “But this truly unique fence
project has been especially rewarding—having engaged the students so
profoundly that the results are self-evident—hundreds of feet of bold
and deeply moving self-portraits. They stop your heart to look at them.”
The Torres-Huntington Partnership is made possible by a grant from the Annenberg Foundation.
About the 2nd Campus Program
the collections of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and
Botanical Gardens, 2nd Campus aims to increase K–12 teachers’ content
knowledge and improve student test scores and graduation rates while
increasing awareness of the range of career paths in the arts,
humanities, and botanical science.
About the Esteban E. Torres High School complex
in Los Angeles, the Esteban E. Torres High School complex consists of
five independent schools: Engineering & Technology, Social Justice,
Performing Arts, Humanitas, and Renaissance. More information about each
of the schools can be found online at estebantorreshighschool.com.
CONTACTS: Lisa Blackburn, 626-405-2140, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thea M. Page, 626-405-2260, email@example.com
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[EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution digital images available on request for publicity use.]
About The Huntington’s new Education and Visitor Center
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is constructing a new Education and Visitor Center
scheduled to open in early 2015. The $60 million project features 6.5
acres of new gardens and about 43,000 square feet of educational
facilities and visitor amenities. Much of the new construction will
replace existing facilities built in 1980 that no longer accommodate the
needs of Huntington visitors, scholars, or staff.
About The Huntington
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a
collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars
and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be
found online at huntington.org.
Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles
from downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and
Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day
through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major
holidays. Admission on weekdays: $15 adults, $12 seniors (65+), $10
students (ages 12–18 or with full-time student I.D.), $6 youth (ages
5–11), free for children under 5. Group rate $11 per person for groups
of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission on weekends and
Monday holidays: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, $6 youth, free
for children under 5. Group rate $14 per person for groups of 15 or
more. Members are admitted free. Admission is free to all visitors on
the first Thursday of each month with advance tickets. Rates subject to
change. Information: 626-405-2100 or huntington.org.