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Seven artists have spent the better part of the year immersing themselves in The Huntington’s library, art, and botanical collections as they create new artwork as part of /five, The Huntington’s five-year contemporary arts initiative centered on creative collaborations. The artists were selected by the Los Angeles-based Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW), The Huntington’s 2017 partner in the initiative. Over the course of the year, The Huntington has been following the artists’ progress and sharing updates with our digital audiences via the /five website.


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Making History Personal


1  As part of a YWCA Girls’ Empowerment Camp, nearly 100 middle schoolers recently went behind the scenes in the Library for an “up-close-and-personal” experience with curators, conservators, and materials from the collections.


Inside SecretsFlourishing Lily Ponds2  Art intern Julia Cury shares some of the hidden elements tucked inside a few pieces of furniture in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art.


3  The Lily Ponds are looking better than ever after undergoing a major cleaning.


Enchanting Miniature Books4  “A fairy volume nestled in the palm of your hand”—a research fellow reflects on miniature books at The Huntington.

A Using Book


5  Finger smudges, worn pages, notes written in the margins: the signs of use in a medieval manuscript are a thing of special beauty to a scholar.






These lectures are only a tiny fraction of The Huntington's audio available for free on SoundCloud and iTunes U.


Kate Sessions: A Legacy of Botanical Bounty
by Nancy Carol Carter


“I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There”
by Hilary Mantel


The Art of Farming: How a Farmer Sees the Future
by David Mas Masumoto and Marcy Masumoto


Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Now I See You as You Are
by Jennifer van Saders


Conference: Octavia E. Butler Studies: Convergence of an Expanding Field


Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
by Damian Duffy and John Jennings


Potosí, Silver, and the Coming of the Modern World
by John Demos


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