This Week at The Huntington – February 16

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Illustration by Chloe Cushman for Harper's Magazine. Source photograph © Patti Perret

Harper’s Magazine Explores Science-Fiction Pioneer Octavia E. Butler

The February issue of Harper’s Magazine does a deep dive into the Octavia Butler renaissance with Parable of the Butler, an article that looks at Butler’s intimate knowledge of the racial fault lines in the US and her prescient fictional output.
The Huntington received the papers of Octavia E. Butler in 2008.
Illustration by Chloe Cushman for Harper’s Magazine. Source photograph © Patti Perret

Plan Your Visit – Masks Required

Puchasing and Reserving Tickets

General admission tickets are still available for Feb. 1722. Member tickets are fully booked. A friendly reminder that Members can self-cancel their tickets via the cancelation link in their order confirmation email and free up capacity for other Members. Thank you for being considerate of your fellow Members!
The next ticket release is on Feb. 23 at noon for Feb. 24March 8. Tickets are released every other Tuesday for the next two weeks.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Please review safety protocols before visiting.  Tickets/Plan Your Visit

Upcoming Virtual Events

The Garden as Feminine Lettered Space in “The Story of the Stone” and Beyond

Thurs., Feb. 18, 4 p.m.
Dr. Wai-yee Li, professor of Chinese literature at Harvard University, explores how different types of literary activities such as reading, painting, poetry composition, and opera are defined by garden design and spatial setting in The Story of the StoneFree

Founders’ Day Lecture – Mapping and Memory: Activating the Huntingtons’ Collecting Legacy

Wed., Feb. 24, 4–5 p.m.
Dennis Carr, Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art, and artist Sandy Rodriguez, 2020-2021 Caltech-Huntington Art + Research Fellow, reexamine the Huntington family’s legacy and interest in the Spanish-speaking world. Free

Virtual Bonsai-A-Thon

Sat., Feb. 27, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
This year’s Bonsai-A-Thon is presented virtually with a morning session featuring Ted Matson, curator of the bonsai collection at The Huntington, leading video tours of the bonsai collections, and an afternoon session with Phillip Bloom, the curator of the Chinese Garden and director of the Center of East Asian Garden Studies, who will introduce the garden’s new penjing court. Free

ABAA California Virtual Book Fair

Thurs.–Sat., March 4–6, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Shop the virtual booths of hundreds of international sellers and discover their latest acquisitions of rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera. A variety of talks and virtual tours will also offered during the three-day event. Free

Kathy Fiscus: A Tragedy That Transfixed The Nation

Wed., March 10, 6–7 p.m.
Author William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, discusses his new book, Kathy Fiscus: A Tragedy that Transfixed a Nation, with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Patt Morrison, recounting the first live, breaking news television spectacle in American history. Free

Finding a True West: Recovering the Life of Charmian Kittredge London Through Archival Research

Wed., March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Drawing from materials in The Huntington’s collections, author Iris Jamahl Dunkle, pictured at left, tells the story of the free-spirited and adventurous Charmian Kittredge London—wife of American author Jack London—as a literary trailblazer in her own right. Free


“The Paths of Honour, Truth and Virtue”

On April 8, 1777, John Adams, the future second president of the United States, wrote a letter to “Mr. John Quincy Adams,” his eldest son and the future sixth president. The letter, a reply to his son’s missive of March 23, 1777 (now held by the Massachusetts Historical Society), came to The Huntington in 2019.  Read

In Store 

If Beale Street Could Talk

Find inspiration in James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Every purchase supports The Huntington’s mission of enrichment, education, and stewardship. Shop

Botanical Bundles

Spruce up your garden for spring with our fanciful new collections. Whether you’re a windowsill succulent collector or have an ever-expanding herb garden, we’ve got the perfect assortment for you! Shop now using curbside pick-up.  Shop

Made in L.A. Events

Lunchtime Art Talk on Ser Serpas

Wed., Feb. 17, 12:30 p.m.
Join Connie Butler, chief curator at the Hammer Museum, for this short discussion about artist Ser Serpas’s work for the exhibition “Made in L.A. 2020: a version.” Free

Screening: deader than dead with Ligia Lewis & Mlondi Zondi

Sun., Feb. 21, 1–2 p.m.
Movement artist and scholar Mlondi Zondi joins artist Ligia Lewis in conversation, followed by a screening of Lewis’s dance performance deader than deadFree

In Case You Missed It

Lunchtime Art Talk on Brandon D. Landers

Join Erin Christovale, associate curator at the Hammer Museum, for this short discussion about artist Brandon Landers’ work for “Made in L.A. 2020: a version.” Watch

Conversation with Fulton Leroy Washington (aka MR. WASH) & Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi

The pair discuss MR. WASH’s painting practice and his participation in the Hammer’s biennial. Watch


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Donor Story

Established in 2019, The Shapiro Center was created to advance scholarship, knowledge, and understanding of American history and culture—especially of the early Republic and of the nation’s founders and leaders. Having just celebrated President’s Day, we can think of no better time to acknowledge the vision and generosity of L. Dennis and Susan R. Shapiro, and for donating their own collection of presidential letters and related materials. Watch the inaugural lecture, and hear from the winner of the first Shapiro Book Prize.

Support The Huntington

While we are thankful to have so many supporters, the need is still great. Please consider making a donation today. Your donation ensures The Huntington can continue to provide a space of respite for all during these troubled times.

Around Town

Autry Museum of the American West:

Trailblazer: Delilah L. Beasley

Sat., Feb. 20, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The Autry and Clockshop present a live virtual discussion of Delilah Beasley and her book, The Negro Trail-Blazers of California (1919), and the role of Black women historians and archivists. Free

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