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Coloring the Conservation Conversation
Jun. 7, 2022

Author J. Drew Lanham discusses what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The convergence of ornithologist, college professor, poet, author, and conservation activist blend to bring our awareness of the natural world and our...


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A Huntington botanical researcher places a hand on a cycad cone to feel its temperature as part of a study on how weevils pollinate Dioon cycads.
Hdoc: Cycad Sleuths
May 13, 2022

A gardener noticed a population of weevils living inside a few cycad cones growing on the property and knew it was a big deal. He showed them to one of The Huntington's botanical researchers who kicked off a project this year to study how the weevils pollinate our Dioon cycads.

What is the Value of Historic Libraries? Looking Afresh at the Bridgewater Library, a Jewel in The Huntington Crown
May 4, 2022

David Pearson, former director of culture, heritage, and libraries for the City of London Corporation, looks afresh at the Bridgewater Library, informed by recent work on 17th-century private libraries more broadly, with a view to teasing out its cultural value today.

This is the Zeidberg Lecture in the...

 Lonnie G. Bunch III in conversation with Karen R. Lawrence and Robert C. Davidson Jr.
Why It Matters: Lonnie G. Bunch III in conversation with Karen R. Lawrence and Robert C. Davidson Jr.
Apr. 26, 2022

Lonnie G. Bunch III, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, joins Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence and Huntington Governor Robert C. Davidson Jr. in a conversation about why museums and collecting institutions matter, what they have to offer to contemporary social and racial justice movements, and...

Photograph of Nathan Wang and Lisa See
Conversation: Nathan Wang and Lisa See on "On Gold Mountain"
Apr. 21, 2022

Chinese American composer Nathan Wang, the 2022-23 Cheng Family Foundation Visiting Artist in the Chinese Garden, will introduce his remarkable career and the development of the opera "On Gold Mountain" in collaboration with renowned author Lisa See. The evening will feature highlights from the upcoming...

Self portrait of Don Bachardy
Skill, Speed, and Diplomacy: The Artistic Achievement of Don Bachardy
Apr. 19, 2022

Robert Flynn Johnson, curator emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, discusses how Don Bachardy was one of the most insightful draftsmen of his era.

Most artists work in isolation, inventing their art from pure imagination or being inspired by...

Image featured in Otto von Guericke’s 1672 publication “Experimenta nova (ut vocantur) Magdeburgica de vacuo spatio”
Witnessing the Invisible: An Air Pump in the Art Gallery
Apr. 18, 2022

An exhibition centered around Joseph Wright of Derby's masterpiece "An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump" becomes a starting point to examine how witnessing experiments with air pumps were critically important for the transfer of scientific knowledge during the Enlightenment and after.

Featuring Otto von...

Etching by John Hamilton Mortimer of a devil-like humanoid wrestling a water creature in the seas.
Wonder and Wonders: Eighteenth-Century Science and the Imagination
Apr. 13, 2022

Tita Chico, professor at the University of Maryland, explores how the concept of wonder during the eighteenth century helps us to see the imaginative underpinnings of how we come to understand the natural world and its various phenomena. Through this lecture, she reveals how feeling played a constitutive role in...

Temples in the Cliffside: Buddhist Art in Sichuan
Temples in the Cliffside: Buddhist Art in Sichuan
Mar. 31, 2022

In her new book, Temples in the Cliffside: Buddhist Art in Sichuan, Sonya Lee argues that centuries-old religious monuments can be part of the world's sustainable future. This talk focuses on the transformation of cave temples from religious centers into tourist destinations in southwest China, where venerable...

From Darkness to Light: In Conversation About Joseph Wright of Derby's "Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump"
Mar. 30, 2022

In response to Mathew Craske's prize winning recent biography of Joseph Wright of Derby, Huntington curators Joel Klein and Melinda McCurdy discuss Wright's iconic painting, Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump (1768) in the exhibition, "Science and the Sublime: A Masterpiece by Joseph Wright of Derby," in...

painting of man holding bird in an air pump experiment
In Conversation with Ourselves: Wright of Derby’s "Air Pump" as a Modern Moral Subject
Mar. 9, 2022

In this lecture, renowned art historian David Solkin shows how Joseph Wright of Derby constructed conflicting messages out of an eclectic mix of elements drawn from different pictorial traditions in An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump and asks us to consider the artwork's relevance today.


Charles Yu, Photo by Tina Chiou
Founders’ Day Lecture - Charles Yu in Conversation with Simon K.C. Li
Mar. 2, 2022

For The Huntington's 2022 Founders' Day celebration, acclaimed writer Charles Yu joins Huntington Trustee Simon K.C. Li to discuss Yu's experiences writing in multiple genres, the role of fiction in constructing identity, current U.S. dialogues about race and identity, and more.

Founders' Day is observed...

Napoleon Sarony portrait
Sitting With Sarony
Feb. 23, 2022

In this lecture, David Shields, professor of English language and literature at the University of South Carolina, discusses how Napoleon Sarony (1821–1896) singlehandedly dismantled the traditions of portrait photography in 19th-century America and devised a new photographic ideal.

Shields will reconstruct...