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Jan. 27–28 (Fri.–Sat.)
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
This conference considers the history of late 18th- and early 19th-century British literature and culture through the development of characteristic locations for sociable exchange. Rather than consider broad geographies of cultural transmission, the focus is on the particular kinds of places—clubs, assembly rooms, exhibitions, seaside resorts—where people gathered for conversation and entertainment, often under increasingly commercial conditions. $25. Program and registration or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-405-3432.
The House that Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945–1985
Sept. 24, 2011–Jan. 30, 2012
Sam Maloof's iconic chairs, tables, and other creations are renowned for their elegant sculptural form and virtuosic craftsmanship. This exhibition showcases about 30 important Maloof pieces spanning more than three decades of his career in a display integrated with approximately 80 works by his colleagues who worked in other media.
Jan. 28 (Saturday)
Pruning is essential for good fruit production and for ensuring that a tree is healthy, attractive, and an appropriate size. Join Lora Hall of Full Circle Gardening on the Huntington Ranch site for an intensive morning workshop covering all the basics, including how to correctively prune a neglected or damaged tree. Members: $40. Non-Members: $45. Registration: 626-405-2128.
Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection
Nov. 12, 2011–May 14, 2012
An important collection of ancient Chinese bronze mirrors spanning 3,000 years makes its first public appearance in an exhibition highlighting some 80 highly decorative pieces ranging in date from the Qijia Culture (2100–1700 B.C.) of pre- and early Chinese history, the Warring States period (450-221B.C.), and the Han (206 B.C.-220 A.D), Tang (618–906 A.D.), and Jin (1115-1234 A.D.) dynasties.
Focused exhibition provides a new look at the history of the San Gabriel Mission
Eight remarkable hand-colored maps and illustrations by Michael J. Hart, former vice president and general manager of the Pasadena-based Sunny Slope Water Co., of the San Gabriel Mission, El Molino Viejo (the Old Mill), and La Presa (the Dam) will be on display in the focused exhibition “Water Began it All: A New Look at the San Gabriel Mission.” The exhibition takes place in the Botanical Center’s Flora-Legium gallery, open to the public on weekends from Nov. 19, 2011, through Feb. 19, 2012. Photographs, maps, and documents from the Library’s collections will accompany Hart’s work.
Jan. 28 (Saturday)
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Huntington’s urban agriculture site, an area not typically open to daily visitors, and pick up some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. (Also offered Feb. 25.) General admission; no reservations required. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Rain cancels.
Jan. 28 (Saturday)
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Children can learn the ancient and expressive art of Chinese brush painting in this workshop led by artist Peifang Liang, using the landscape and flowers of the Chinese garden and the exhibition of ancient Chinese bronzes as their creative muse. Ages 7–12. Fee includes one accompanying adult. Members: $20. Non-Members: $25. Registration: 626-405-2128.
Jan. 28, Feb. 4 & 11
(Saturdays) 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Deepen your understanding of plant structure and form while honing your drawing skills in this class taught by botanical illustrator Lisa Pompelli. Students will learn to accurately delineate each part of a plant, from stems and leaves to flowers and fruit, while practicing techniques of foreshortening, tonal contrast, and perspective. Suitable for all skill levels. Members: $185. Non-Members: $200. Registration: 626-405-2128.
Whistler, Haden, and the Gentle Art of Etching
Jan. 14–April 16, 2012
Best known for his paintings and outsize personality, James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) was also an important contributor to the history of printmaking. “Whistler, Haden, and the Gentle Art of Etching” features 17 examples of Whistler’s work as an etcher and focuses on the early phases of his career, when his interaction with amateur printmaker and avid print collector Francis Seymour Haden (1818–1910) informed his taste, subject matter, and compositional strategies.