Oct. 2 (Saturday)
Take part in a communal artwork as we create an outdoor botanical collage, one of several events being held this month across the southland as part of The Big Draw L.A. Nature will provide the drawing materials as The Huntington’s art, literary, and botanical collections inspire a wonderfully organic work of art. Using the Palm Garden 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, abstracted from an illumination in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Lines, patterns, textures, and colors will emerge and change with each addition. Time-lapse photography will record the creation of the image during the first three hours and then its deconstruction in the final hour, as lines are “erased” and patterns continue to shift until all that’s left is green. Open to all visitors; general admission.
This event is part of the Big Draw L.A., a month-long series coordinated by Ryman Arts that seeks to stimulate creativity and social engagement through innovative activities at museums and cultural organizations around Los Angeles. Details about other local activities can be found at thebigdrawla.org
Picturesque to Pastoral: British Landscape Prints from The Huntington’s Art Collections
July 31–Nov. 1, 2010
“Picturesque to Pastoral” explores the graphic side of landscape in British art from the 18th through the 20th century. This focused installation of about a dozen prints showcases the variety of techniques the medium affords—wood engraving, etching, aquatint, drypoint, and mezzotint—as well as the many ways the view of landscape changed over time.