This Week at The Huntington – February 8


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President’s Message: Black History at The Huntington

Just east of The Huntington’s admissions area, in a courtyard surrounded by classrooms, stands a massive, 17-foot-long mural composed of nearly 5,000 hand-formed, fiery red-orange and brown tiles. The work is by the artist Doyle Lane, made for a bank in Pasadena in 1964 and given to The Huntington in 2015. With our galleries closed, this is one spectacular work by an important Black artist that is currently on view—and it’s well worth seeing. More  

Gee’s Bend Quilters

Black History Month continues with a closer look into the works of Gee’s Bend Quilters. In 2019 The Huntington acquired 32 prints made between 2005 to 2014 by quilters Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Bennett, and Loretta Pettway. The work of the Gee’s Bend group was described by the New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of art that America has ever produced.” Head over to our Instagram for more info on this amazing group. 

A Bundle By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

Botanical Bundles of Love

There’s so much to love about our new selection of botanical bundles. With names like “Aloe on My Mind,” and “I Should Think of Love,” we’ve got the perfect assortments for the plant lovers in your life. Why not treat yourself too! Shop now using curbside pick-up.  Shop 

Plan Your Visit – Masks Required

Advance Reservations Required

Tickets for Feb. 10–22 available Feb. 9 at noon. Tickets are released every other Tuesday for the next two weeks. MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Please review safety protocols before visiting.  Tickets/Plan Your Visit 

Valentine Tea for Two

Preorder Now for Feb. 12–14

If you’re visiting The Huntington this weekend, preorder the Valentine Tea for Two, and enjoy a selection of savory tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and lemon curd, and assorted petit fours. Enjoy on 1919 café patio only (not available for takeout). Must have advance admission ticket or Member reservation to preorder

Upcoming Virtual Events

Taste of Art: Women in the Collections

Thurs., Feb. 11, 5–6:30 p.m.
Maite Gomez-Rejón shares the culinary history of the Middle East with inspired recipes such as falafels, baba ghanoush, and a rosewater gin cocktail. Tickets

Flower Arranging: Love in Bloom!

Sat., Feb. 13, 5–6 p.m.
Taking inspiration from depictions of love in The Huntington’s collections, this hands-on flower arranging class includes two arrangements, one to keep and one to share. Tickets

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


The North Vista’s Italian Sculptures

When you walk by the Huntingtons’ home—now the Huntington Art Gallery, where their art collection is exhibited—the view of the North Vista garden opens out before you.  Read 

New Recording

Shapiro Book Prize Lecture: The Rise of the Latino Vote

Professor Benjamin Francis-Fallon, winner of The Huntington’s inaugural Shapiro Book Prize, discusses how Latina/o leaders in the U.S. first came to see themselves as belonging to one political community.  Watch 

Story Time 

Year of the Ox: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Oliver Chin celebrates the Lunar New Year by introducing listeners to Olivia the Ox, a young and headstrong ox who discovers her true self in the face of adversity.  Watch  

In Store 

I Hope You Find Me

The poems compiled inside this often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking volume are reprinted verbatim from the Missed Connections section of craigslist. Find yours today or shop for other lovely gifts in our Valentine’s Day collection.  

Made in L.A. Events

Lunchtime Art Talk on Brandon D. Landers

Wed., Feb. 10, 12:30 p.m.
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.” Free

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

Thurs., Feb. 11, 5 p.m.
The pair discuss MR. WASH’s painting practice and his participation in the Hammer’s biennial. Free

In Case You Missed It

Lunchtime Art Talk on Jill Mulleady

Join Aram Moshayedi, Robert Soros Curator at the Hammer Museum, for this short discussion about artist Jill Mulleady’s work for “Made in L.A. 2020: a version.” Watch


Share Your Pics #AtTheH

Send us your pics and we’ll celebrate them here! #AtTheH

Become a Member

Join online at any level and receive two additional months of Membership—14 months for the price of 12! Enter code: 2FREEMONTHS at checkout to redeem.

Support a Legacy

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the James Folsom Legacy Fund. To date, we’ve raised more than $2 million to support garden equipment repair and replacement. With 130 acres of gardens to care for, we are grateful for donations of any size, and would appreciate your gift.  

Around Town

California African American Museum:

Quincy Troupe and Erin Aubry Kaplan on Miles Davis

Thurs., Feb. 18, 4–5:30 p.m.
Hear about the life of trumpeter Miles Davis from writers Quincy Troupe and Erin Aubry Kaplan. Free

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