Events for October 1, 2011back to calendar »
Sept. 17–Oct. 29 (Saturdays)
Learn tai chi in the tranquil setting of the gardens in this seven-part series led by instructor Kathy Zenju Chyan. Often described as “moving meditation” tai chi is widely practiced for its health and fitness benefits. This class is suitable for beginning and intermediate students. Members: $150. Non-Members: $170. Registration: 626-405-2128.
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.
Oct. 1, 8, 15 (Saturdays)
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Learn how to accurately portray the unique features of orchids in this watercolor class taught by botanical artist Lisa Pompelli. Rare blooms in The Huntington’s outstanding orchid collection will provide the inspiration. Prior drawing skills are strongly recommended. Members: $275. Non-Members: $295. Registration: 626-405-2128.
Oct. 1 (Saturday)
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
High school students can tap into their creative side in a new plein air painting class led by artist Marion Eisenmann. Like the Southern California artists who have captured the region’s distinctive landscape in their art—examples of which can be seen in the exhibition “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945–1985”—students will use the gardens as inspiration for their own artistic masterpieces. Ages 14–17. (Parents may tour the gardens while the workshop is in session.) Members: $30. Non-Members: $35. Registration: 626-405-2128.
Oct. 1 (Saturday)
10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Nature will provide the drawing materials for a communal work of art during The Huntington’s second annual Big Draw. Using the lawn as a living canvas, visitors will make their “mark” by placing leaves, twigs, flowers, and other materials on the grass to create a giant collage. Alex Champion’s labyrinth earthwork, Spinning Meandering Cross (located on the broad, lower lawn near the Australian Garden), will serve as the point of departure. The event is part of the Big Draw L.A., a month-long series coordinated by Ryman Arts. General admission; no reservations required. Australian Garden lawn.
Dreams, Disasters, and Reality: Goya’s Prints from The Huntington’s Collections
Oct. 1, 2011–Jan. 9, 2012
Praised as one of the first “modern” artists, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) addressed issues of contemporary political and social reality in his work. His forceful etchings exposed the systems of power that ruled 18th-century Spain: a corrupt and despotic monarchy, the injustices of war and occupation by Napoleon’s France, the terrors of the Inquisition. “Dreams, Disasters, and Reality” presents about 10 works from all of Goya’s major etching series, including Los Caprichos and Los Desastres de Guerra.