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Lingering Garden, Suzhou
Calligraphy in the Lingering Garden, Suzhou
Oct. 21, 2021

Amy McNair, professor of Chinese art at the University of Kansas, explores the calligraphy found in the Lingering Garden in Suzhou, a famous setting for two outdoor formats of calligraphy. Plaques written by friends of the owner identify places and views within the garden, while engraved stone slabs display the...


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Astronomy in Arcadia: Galileo and Guarini’s “Pastor Fido”
Oct. 20, 2021

Nothing generated interest, imitation, and outrage throughout Europe better and more lastingly than Giambattista Guarini's Pastor Fido. In this talk, Eileen Reeves, professor of comparative literature at Princeton University, discusses allusions to the controversies emerging from that frothy and scandalous...

Hilary Mantel by Clare Park©
An Overflow of Meaning: Reading and Re-reading Hilary Mantel - Virtual Conference
Oct. 14, 2021

Hilary Mantel, whose literary archive is held at The Huntington, is one of the most critically acclaimed authors working today. Her unprecedented double Booker Prize wins for Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies combined with sell-out West End and Broadway stage adaptations and award-winning...

Antonio and Porfirio Jimeno
War Torn Californios: The Civil Wars of Antonio and Porfirio Jimeno
Oct. 13, 2021

Jesse Alemán, professor of English at the University of New Mexico, discusses the lives and letters of the Jimeno brothers, whose coming of age in the years before the U.S. Civil War demonstrates that the process of becoming Latino in the United States is a story of uneven assimilation, embattled acculturation, and...

Mathew Brady, Forgotten Pallbearers of Abraham Lincoln
Forgotten Pallbearers of Abraham Lincoln: What Now, Part 2
Oct. 6, 2021

Olga Tsapina, curator of American historical manuscripts at The Huntington, discusses the importance of a little-known photograph from renowned Civil War photographer Mathew Brady's studio that reveals the forgotten pallbearers of Abraham Lincoln, now on display in the exhibition “...

Blue Boy
Looking Like a Person: Portraits after Coloniality - Virtual Conference
Oct. 2, 2021

This symposium interrogates the issues raised by contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley's new painting Portrait of a Young Gentleman, which responds to Thomas Gainsborough's grand manner masterpiece The Blue Boy. Between these two paintings, separated by 250 years, lies a colonial history that has...

Monk Huaisu, Autobiographical Essay, 777, National Palace Museum
Wild Cursive Calligraphy, Poetry, and Buddhist Monks in the Eighth Century and Beyond
Sep. 30, 2021

Huiwen Lu, professor of art history at National Taiwan University, takes the audience into the strange and enchanting world of wild cursive calligraphy when it first appeared in China in the late seventh and early eighth centuries. Lu looks at the development of this script in history as it went from being...

Some Thoughts on the Art of Chinese Calligraphy
Sep. 9, 2021

In this talk, Qianshen Bai, professor and Dean of the School of Art and Archaeology, Zhejiang University, explores some foundational questions concerning Chinese calligraphy: How did writing become a fine art in China? Where is the boundary between functional writing and visual art? And what are the social...

38th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium
Sep. 3, 2021

The Huntington presents the 38th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium as a Zoom webinar for the second year in a row. Join six of California's most notable experts on succulent plant propagation as they discuss the plants that challenge them the most as growers and put their skill sets to the test.

YOU ARE HERE: A Work in Progress from Sandy Rodriguez
Aug. 17, 2021

Sandy Rodriguez, a Los Angeles-based artist, is creating new work for The Huntington. The piece is called YOU ARE HERE / Tovaangar / El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Porciúncula / Los Angeles. It is a multilingual map of the greater Los Angeles area that represents the topography, language, flora,...

Art by Larry Johnson
Lunchtime Art Talk on Larry Johnson
Jul. 28, 2021

Join Lauren Mackler, co-curator of "Made in L.A. 2020: a version," for this short and insightful discussion about artist Larry Johnson, as part of the Lunchtime Art Talk series on the exhibition "Made in L.A. 2020: a version."


Art by Buck Ellison
Conversations with Buck Ellison & Shamus Khan
Jul. 22, 2021

"Made in L.A. 2020" artist Buck Ellison is joined in conversation by Shamus Khan, professor of sociology and American studies at Princeton University. Together they discuss their intimate portraits of privilege and power, and the implications for American inequalities.

The program is presented by the Hammer...

Art by Hedi El Kholti
Conversations with Hedi El Kholti & Reynaldo Rivera
Jul. 13, 2021

Join "Made in L.A. 2020" artists Hedi El Kholti and Reynaldo Rivera as they play records and discuss music that has had a profound influence in their lives.

The program is presented by the Hammer Museum.