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YOU ARE HERE: A Multilingual Map of the Greater Los Angeles Area
Dec. 16, 2021

Sandy Rodriguez’s YOU ARE HERE / Tovaangar / El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula / Los Angeles is a multilingual map of the greater Los Angeles area, representing the topography, language, flora, fauna, and land stewardship in the region over time and illustrating the...


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Drinking and Scribbling in the Garden: Xu Wei's Wild Cursive Calligraphy
Nov. 18, 2021

Peter Sturman, professor of art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, discusses the artistic polymath Xu Wei (1521–1593) and his uninhibited style of calligraphy, known as kuangcao, or "wild cursive." Sturman introduces Xu's calligraphy—particularly, three scrolls that Xu wrote in an...

Artist Kehinde Wiley at podium
Kehinde Wiley: “A Portrait of a Young Gentleman” Artist Remarks
Nov. 2, 2021

The Huntington celebrated American artist Kehinde Wiley with a reception in honor of his painting A Portrait of a Young Gentleman, commissioned by The Huntington as a contemporary response to Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy.

Chinese Garden
Reading the Lotus: A Garden of Words
Nov. 1, 2021

Wang Shixiang 王世襄 was 93 years old when he created the inscription “Love for the Lotus Pavilion” for The Huntington. The original handscroll is currently on view as part of the exhibition “A Garden of Words: The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan.”


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Frankenstein on Screen: Mary Shelley’s Adapted Progeny
Oct. 28, 2021

Mary Shelley likened the writing of her famous book to Victor Frankenstein’s making of his creature. In this lecture, James Chandler, professor at the University of Chicago and The Huntington's R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow, explores Shelley’s “creature,” in what is now one of the most widely-read novels in...

Walden Pond
Thoreau’s Walden: Four Contemporary Writers on its Enduring Relevance
Oct. 27, 2021

Authors Kristen Case, Gerald Early, Pico Iyer, and Megan Marshall in conversation with Karla Nielsen, Curator of Literary Collections at The Huntington

Spring 2020 and the onset of a global pandemic saw many writers returning to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden for guidance for living...

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...

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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...