Huntington Frontiers

Huntington Frontiers connects readers with the rich intellectual life of The Huntington, capturing in news and features the work of researchers, educators, curators, and others across a range of disciplines. It is produced biannually by the Office of Communications.

Kevin Durkin, Huntington Frontiers Editor


Frontiers Articles

Final Cut
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

You Learned in Kindergarten, Right? Let's test that.

Feathered cactus
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

Cactus's soft touch provides key to its survival

As The Huntington’s curator of desert collections, I, along with my staff, care for 2,000 species of succulents, including a vast range of cacti, in the 10-acre Desert Garden...

Examining Blue Boy
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

A paintings conservator and an ear surgeon talk shop

Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy (ca. 1770) may well be an icon of Western art and one of the most beloved attractions at The Huntington, but now that it is nearly 250 years old, this epic portrait is in need of some tender loving care.

Drawing of a bird
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

The last observations of a small Hawaiian bird

In Belonging on an Island: Birds, Extinction, and Evolution in Hawai‘i (Yale University Press, 2018), Daniel Lewis takes readers on a 1,000-year journey as he explores the Hawaiian Islands’ beautiful birds and a variety of topics...

Issue: 2017 Fall/Winter

Don't expect a garden variety flower from a modernist painter

A rose is a rose is a rose, but what a rose can mean in different contexts is staggeringly varied. Take the red rose. A token of romantic affection, it is also the flower of the City of Pasadena and its world-famous Rose Parade.

A book full of seaweed
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

Algology preserves a passionate engagement with the underwater world

The documentary Chasing Coral (2017) brings coral close. Using underwater time-lapse photography, the film chronicles the catastrophic effects of global warming on coral reefs.

Social Scene
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

A peek at what we're up to online

social scene
Issue: 2017 Fall/Winter

A peek at what we're up to online

scholar's insight - a riveting hypothesis
Issue: 2017 Fall/Winter

The recess in a book's cover may have contained more than meets the eye
By Racha Kirakosian

One of the most pleasurable experiences one can have as a medievalist...

welcome to the ranch
Issue: 2017 Fall/Winter

The Huntington's experimental demonstration garden educates and enchants
By Usha Lee McFarling

If ever there were a secret garden, it's the Ranch Garden at The Huntington...

In the Woods With a Canoe
Issue: 2017 Fall/Winter

A historian of camping scrutinizes Frederick Jackson Turner's Encounter with Wilderness
By Terence Young

Camping is one of the country's most popular pastimes...

Now You See Him, Now You Don't
Issue: 2017 Fall/Winter

Reach for the Scissors—It's Time to Weave a Masterpiece
By Kate Lain

Man inspecting cycad
Issue: 2017 Spring/Summer

Survivors from the dinosaur age, cycads continue to captivate collectors and researchers

Cycads are squat, woody, and branchless. They have no flowers, just spiky leaves that shred clothes and tear skin. They grow slowly, poison livestock and sometimes people.

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