The first exhibition to examine the life and work of celebrated author Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) since her archive came to The Huntington in 2008, Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories, features approximately 100 items–from her very first short stories, written at age 12, to book contracts, extensive drafts, and correspondence. Together they shed light on the writer’s early years and influences, as well as explore specific themes that repeatedly commanded her attention. The first science fiction writer to receive…
Saturdays from 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Members – $150 Non-Members – $175
Enjoy traditional Chinese music every Wednesday afternoon in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Explore the traditions of the Japanese tea ceremony in a 90-minute program that includes a tour of The Huntington’s ceremonial teahouse and its surrounding tea garden, followed by a participatory tea ceremony in the Ikebana House.Register online for Register online for tea ceremony.
The 1960 publication “Katsura: Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture” was a seminal photographic publication about the relationship of modernity and tradition in postwar Japan. In this talk, Dr. Nakamori will explore Yasuhiro Ishimoto’s original photographs, his vision of Katsura, and the influence of architect Kenzo Tange (1913-2005) who used Ishimoto’s images to point the way to a new direction in Japanese architecture.
For the final concert of his residency as the 2017 Cheng Family Visiting Artist at The Huntington, composer Huang Ruo will present excerpts from his highly acclaimed new opera “Paradise Interrupted”, adapted with a new instrumental arrangement created just for The Huntington. The program will also include excerpts of traditional Kun opera. Huang Ruo will be accompanied by Qian Yi (Kun opera singer), Yi Li (tenor), Jenn Wen Ma (visual artist), pipa, piano, and bassoon. Reservations are required.
Enjoy traditional Chinese music every Wednesday afternoon in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. Cost: Adults – $25, Seniors and Students – $19, Youth (4 – 11) – $10, Children under 4 – free, Members – free. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
One of the most popular forms of opera in China today, Yue opera is known for its romantic themes, gentle melodies, and stunning costumes. The afternoon includes scenes from The Fairy Carp, The Tragedy of Liangshanbo and Zhuyingtai, and Interrogating and Rescuing her Husband. The event features Ms. Wang Zhiping and Ms. Huang Hui of the Shanghai Yueju Company, and performers from the California Yueju Center. Reservations required.
Beijing-based rising star choreographer Gu Jiani performs her latest work, the internationally acclaimed contemporary dance duet Right & Left. The LA premiere features Gu Jiani and Wang Xuanqi with live lighting projection by Ah Ping. The work is a haunting exploration of human relationships and individual experience. Using little more than delicately poised bodies, a table, two stools and the play of shadows, Right & Left creates a captivating tribute to symmetry and its dissolution, ominous and beautiful in equal…
A sweeping international loan exhibition at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will explore how the depiction of Latin American nature contributed to art and science between the late 1400s and the mid-1800s. “Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin,” will feature more than 150 paintings, rare books, illustrated manuscripts, prints, and drawings from The Huntington’s holdings as well as from dozens of other collections. Many of these works will be on view for…
Some representations of gardens are purportedly re-creations of physical gardens whose original form is lost to us now. Such images may or may not record a now-absent site as it actually appeared, but they do reflect the conflation of history, memory, and imagination in the minds of their creators. Carol S. Brash will explore this topic by examining four very different representations of the Garden of Solitary Delight. Sponsor: Justin Vajna Memorial Fund for Educational Programs in the Chinese Garden
Experience kun opera as it was enjoyed in centuries past during an informal performance in the Chinese Garden. Sponsor: The Huntington’s Center for East Asian Garden Studies
Learn the traditions behind the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse. Informal tours are offered at 20-minute intervals on the second Monday of every month. The teahouse is in a traditionally landscaped tea garden atop a picturesque ridge that provides a stunning setting for demonstrations of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. No reservations required Sponsor: The Huntington Library
East Asian Garden Lecture Series – Reconstructing the Mindscape of a 17th-Century Korean Literati Garden
Art historian Katharina I-Bon Suh of the Seoul National University will discuss how the Garden of Seyeonjeong’s design and layout served practical purposes but also alluded to philosophical metaphors and fantastical worlds. The Korean Garden of Seyeonjeong represents the poet’s individual realm of thoughts while simultaneously reflecting characteristics of Korean literati gardens. Sponsor: The Huntington’s Center for East Asian Garden Studies
In Conversation with Susan Whitfield and Peter Sellars – Silk, Slaves and Stupas: Culture in Motion on the Silk Road
In her book Silk, Slaves and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road, author Susan Whitfield tells the stories of ten very different objects—a delicate pair of earrings, a hoard of Kushan coins, a Hellenistic glass bowl, among others—found along the ancient trading routes of Afro-Eurasia. In this afternoon program, Whitfield will be joined by renowned theater director Peter Sellars for a fascinating conversation about what these objects tell us about the diversity of peoples and cultures that traveled the…
Lewis Carroll’s “Wonderland” is a place where different is normal, and where wondrous, remarkable, and fabulous things happen every day. Please join us as we celebrate our differences and highlight the recent 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. The Huntington is one of the few libraries that owns both the suppressed 1865 version and the official publication of 1866. Our copy bears the autograph of George Dalziel, the engraver of the illustrations that will be represented throughout the Rose Garden on this…
The Huntington is partnering with East Los Angeles College’s Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) for the third year of The Huntington’s /five year initiative. They have invited noted Los Angeles artists Carolina Caycedo and Mario Ybarra Jr. to create new work in response to The Huntington’s collections around the theme of Identity Mondays – Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. $25 weekdays / $29 weekends
The drawings in this exhibition take as their subject the landscape of India. They were made by British artists, some of whom traveled there on their own in hopes of finding new and “exotic” subject matter. As these drawings attest, the history of Britain’s engagement with South Asia is a complicated one. It covers a spectrum of motivations that range from trade and mutually beneficial cultural exchange to violent imperial conquest. Mondays – Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.…
For over a century, the historic Japanese Garden has been one of the most beloved and iconic landscapes at The Huntington, with its distinctive moon bridge, picture-postcard views of koi-filled ponds, and the historic Japanese House. Since the institution opened to the public in 1928, the Japanese Garden has attracted more than 20 million visitors and remains a site of both fascination and contemplation. Mondays – Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. $25 weekdays, $29 weekends
Liu Fang Yuan is amongst the largest Chinese-style gardens outside of China. Designed to promote the rich traditions of Chinese culture, the garden is truly a cross-cultural effort. Architects and artisans from Suzhou, the renowned garden city of southern China, worked alongside California builders and gardeners. As a result, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance combines the botanical with the artistic and scholarly, in the tradition of Henry Huntington. Enjoy traditional Chinese music every Wednesday afternoon in the Garden of Flowing…
Visual artist Tang Qingnian, the 2019 Cheng Family Foundation Artist in Residence at the Huntington Library, will provide an introduction to the Chinese brush arts. Tang will also explain how he uses traditional calligraphy and painting to contemporary contexts and will discuss the work he is undertaking during his residency.
The many trials of former slave Biddy Mason as she left Georgia’s cotton belt, journeyed across the continent and built the beginnings of LA’s black community is reconstructed in this lecture by Sarah Barringer Gordon, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, and Kevin Waite, assistant professor of history at Durham University. In particular, the program explores the role of the Mormon Church in the national crisis over slavery and the settling of the West.
Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence speaks with Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, about why archives and libraries exist, and why they matter.