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Revisiting the Regency: England, 1811–1820
April 23, 2011–Aug. 1, 2011
An exhibition of more than 70 rare books, manuscripts, prints, and drawings commemorate the 200th anniversary of an extraordinary decade in English society.
May 12 (Thursday)
2:30 p.m. Free
Andrea Wulf, author of Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, will give an illustrated talk about the lives of four American farmers—George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison—whose passion for agriculture and botany was as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty. A book signing follows the talk. Free; no reservations required. Friends’ Hall
Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story by John Frame
March 12–June 20, 2011
Some three dozen intricately carved sculptures by Southern California artist John Frame take center stage in a new exhibition that brings together a body of work carefully assembled over the past five years, featuring sculpture, still photography, and stop-motion animation.
May 12 (Thursday)
7:30 p.m. Free
NPR’s Joe Palca spent the summer of 2009 at The Huntington on a fellowship as science writer in residence. We’re fairly certain his Huntington stay was not the inspiration for his new book, Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us. With humor and plenty of hard data, Palca and co-author Flora Lichtman will talk about why fingernails on a chalk board make us cringe and why that guy on the cell phone drives us crazy. A book signing will follow. Books available for purchase online and in the Bookstore and More. Free; no reservations required. Friends’ Hall. Read a review in The New York Times >