Author Archives: Lisa Blackburn

Lisa Blackburn is senior editor and special projects manager in the office of communications and marketing at The Huntington.


Posted on Mar. 20, 2019 by Lisa Blackburn
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Ask any bonsai aficionado to name the most famous bonsai in North America, and the answer will almost certainly be "Goshin." ...
Posted on Feb. 6, 2019 by Lisa Blackburn
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Seven paintings by the contemporary British artist Celia Paul (born 1959) will be on view Feb. 9–July 8 in the Huntington Art Gallery ...
Posted on Sep. 5, 2018 by Lisa Blackburn
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A generous bequest from Long Beach art collector Victor Gail (1929–2014) has greatly enhanced The Huntington's American decorative arts collection while underwriting its care and interpretation.. ...
Posted on Dec. 18, 2017 by Lisa Blackburn
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If the hectic pace of the holiday season has you craving a bit of tranquility, try this centuries-old tip for restoring inner calm—spend some quiet time in the contemplation of stones The annual
Posted on Sep. 6, 2017 by Lisa Blackburn
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It’s one thing to read about history in a school textbook. It’s quite another thing to engage with it first-hand: to make personal connections with history and, by doing so, to gain perspectives on...
Posted on Feb. 17, 2016 by Lisa Blackburn
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Happy 4714! According to the lunar calendar, that’s the brand new year that began on Feb. 8, ushering in the Year of the Monkey. In China and in many Asian cultures around the world—and in communities...
Posted on Jan. 4, 2016 by Lisa Blackburn
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Southern California is bracing for rain—lots of it—as the predicted El Niño weather system looms. After four years of relentless drought, some precipitation would be welcome, but too much at once...
Posted on Oct. 9, 2015 by Lisa Blackburn
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What comes to mind when you think of the word “orchid”? Do you picture the wrist corsage that you wore to your high school prom? Are you seeing the potted blooms in the floral section of the grocery...
Posted on Sep. 11, 2015 by Lisa Blackburn
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The irony doesn’t escape Ted Matson. Raised on the prairie of North Dakota, without a tree in sight, the one-time farm boy followed a path in life that led to a full-time career in bonsai. That path...
Posted on May. 1, 2015 by Lisa Blackburn
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There are jobs, and then there are callings. Most of us have at least a passing acquaintance with the former; we take a job because we need a paycheck, and we move along without regret when a better offer...
Posted on Mar. 20, 2015 by Lisa Blackburn
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When the pandas at the San Diego Zoo crave a bit of variety on their menu, zookeepers know exactly what to do. They order up some Chinese takeout That’s...
Posted on Feb. 11, 2015 by Lisa Blackburn
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Time and time again on Top Ten lists and “best of” compilations The Huntington is named one of the best places for a first date a first kiss or a marriage proposal on bended knee. True enough...
Posted on Nov. 24, 2014 by Lisa Blackburn
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Anyone searching for an authentic American dish to serve for Thanksgiving dinner should consider the humble succotash: it would make a hearty addition to the meal and a terrific conversation starter...
Posted on Oct. 22, 2014 by Lisa Blackburn
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If you’re a garden lover in Southern California, there’s probably one thing on your mind as the fall planting season gets underway: drought. Finding ways to cut back on watering in the garden has...
Posted on Jun. 18, 2014 by Lisa Blackburn
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With its tidy beds of colorful flowers and leafy plants the Herb Garden might not look like a classroom. But...
Posted on May. 27, 2014 by Lisa Blackburn
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For those who enjoy both gardening and cooking (not to mention eating), cultivating an herb garden can be one of life’s most rewarding pleasures. Being able to add freshly snipped chives to a buttery...
Posted on May. 9, 2014 by Lisa Blackburn
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The tender bond between mother and child is one of the most enduring themes of art, and works depicting maternal love are well represented at The Huntington. If you're visiting the galleries with your...
Posted on Apr. 25, 2014 by Lisa Blackburn
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Imagine walking into your favorite garden or park and finding it completely bereft of trees. Horrifying thought, isn't it? No venerable oaks with their inviting shade, no flowering magnolias with their...

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Nov. 6, 2019 by Earle Havens and Mark Rankin
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What happens to a religious culture once it is no longer allowed to exist? Where might we look to find the material remnants of a religious community that was gradually suppressed ...
Oct. 30, 2019 by Emily Bell
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I was lucky enough to spend June 2019 as a Michael J. Connell Foundation Fellow at The Huntington, working with the James Thomas Fields Papers ...
Oct. 23, 2019 by Carribean Fragoza
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Carribean Fragoza, a freelance journalist who writes about art in Southern California, focuses in this post on Dana Johnson, writer and associate professor of English ...

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