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|March 4, 2023 - October 15, 2023||ETCHED FEATHERS: A History of the Printed Bird
Birds have mesmerized and inspired artists for centuries. Etched Feathers examines the works, and artistic processes, of John Costin and other bird artists and devotees, whose creations capture the essence of winged beauty.
Daily 10am - 5pm
Wayne Thomas Gallery
Tampa, FLMore info
|April 29, 2023 - December 4, 2023||Printed in 1085: The Chinese Buddhist Canon from the Song Dynasty
The oldest printed book in The Huntington's collection, The Scripture of the Great Flower Ornament of the Buddha, will be on display in “Printed in 1085: The Chinese Buddhist Canon from the Song Dynasty” in the Library West Hall.
The exhibition dives into the circumstances of the book’s creation and its religious significance while broadening visitors’ understanding of Chinese textual tradition. Additional materials related to the text will also be on display to provide historical context.
The book will be in a specially designed display case allowing Huntington visitors to have a unique experience when viewing the sacred text. Though the book was meant to be read by flipping from one page to the next, in the exhibition it will be expanded in a custom case designed for maximum visibility, offering a rare opportunity to view the miraculously preserved relic and observe its unique bibliographic characteristics and exquisiteness.
More than 900 years old, the book is part of the 5,850-volume Great Canon of the Eternal Longevity of the Chongning Reign Period. Produced during the Song dynasty (960–1279) between 1080 and 1112, the accordion-style book unfolds to a length of 31 feet, 21 feet of which will be on display. It is one of the longest sutras, or collection of aphorisms, in the Buddhist canon and is a compendium of doctrines and ritual practices widely followed throughout East Asia. The text presents a vision of the entire universe as consisting of elements that all interpenetrate (like mirrors reflecting in mirrors) within the body of the Cosmic Buddha. According to Li Wei Yang, curator of the Pacific Rim collections at The Huntington, it reflects the notion that ‘I am you, you are me; we all are Buddha.’ It is not known whether the Buddha himself actually spoke the words found in the Scripture of the Great Flower Ornament. Rather, it is likely that his followers, over centuries of adaptation and interpretation, incorporated the essence of his teachings into this and many other Buddhist works that have survived.
“Printed in 1085” will show the connection between religion and China’s printmaking, which had been practiced centuries before the first use of movable metal type in Europe. Emperor Taizu, who ruled from 960 to 976 CE, wanted to disseminate Buddhist teachings, which led to the acceleration of woodblock printing in China. During the creation of the Scripture of the Great Flower Ornament, Chongzhen—an abbot at the Dongchan Temple in Fuzhou, China—led a large team of monks and artisans to cut and ink more than 165,000 woodblocks, printing 5,850 volumes of the Great Canon of the Eternal Longevity of the Chongning Reign Period, or the Chongning Canon. It was one of the most time- and resource-intensive printing projects ever undertaken in China’s imperial history. Today, there are no remnants of the Dongchan Temple or the original woodblocks, and incomplete collections of the Chongning Canon volumes are scattered in libraries and private collections throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, all of which makes The Huntington’s volume of the Chongning Canon an especially valuable historical artifact.
Daily 10am - 5pm
Library West Hall
San Marino, CAMore info
|June 10, 2023 - September 30, 2023||Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio
Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio is a celebration and exploration of the inventiveness, passion and artistic cooperation that goes into making a cinematic vision come to life. Now in theaters and streaming on Netflix beginning December 9, 2022, the movie Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio was ten years in the making, and conceived for international audiences of all ages. The film’s major themes highlight the importance of non-conformity and the love and understanding passed between parents and children—and above all, showcase del Toro and team’s incredible passion for the art of stop-motion animation. With voice talents from Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor and a soundtrack by Nick Cave and Alexandre Desplat, the film has been given extraordinary critical praise, with many already deeming it a “masterpiece.” This exhibition is coming to Portland from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, where it is on view through April 15, 2023.
Showcasing the collaborative art, craft and storytelling of the film, the exhibition immerses audiences in its world, featuring iconic creatures, set pieces, stop-motion animation technology, and fantastical visual and sound elements. At more than 8,000 square feet, the exhibition will guide audiences through the creation and collective artistry of del Toro’s work. Featuring the inspirations and inventiveness of the artists that helped bring the story to life, Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio will celebrate how far imagination can push us into making our dreams a reality.
The Portland Art Museum’s presentation of Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio will expand on the richness of the local stop-motion animation community by giving visitors a look inside the artists’ process. The exhibition and programs will give special attention to the talent and creative collaboration of the local cinematic animation artists at ShadowMachine—a renowned stop-motion animation studio based here in Portland, Oregon, a city increasingly recognized as a creative hub of the artform.
In addition to the exhibition itself, PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow, the Museum’s film and new media arm, will enhance and deepen the experience of Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio with classes, programs, and a screening series celebrating the art of stop-motion animation. ShadowMachine co-founder Alex Bulkley was a 2021 honoree of PAM CUT’s Cinema Unbound Awards, which celebrate boundary-breaking multimedia storytellers working at the intersection of art and cinema.
Portland Art Museum
Portland, ORMore info
|July 19, 2023 - January 21, 2024||Alphabets Alive!
Something magical happens when letters and the book become the raw material of art.
Alphabets Alive! brings the magic of books and alphabets to life, featuring more than 150 works inspired by the alphabet – manuscripts, prints, posters, sculptures, alphabet books and, especially, artists’ books in their many shapes, sizes, colours, materials and languages.
Encounter medieval and modern bestiaries, miniature and monumental books, alphabets made by Renaissance designers or generated by artificial intelligence, and abecedaries of human bodies and beachcombed rocks. Trace how the centuries-old ABC book for teaching children to read has influenced modern alphabet books and artists' books, and discover how the simple structure of the alphabet inspires works that are playful, provocative and profound.
Every Wednesday in the summer holidays 10am - 1pm.
Oxford, UKMore info
|September 13, 2023 - January 7, 2024||Bring No Clothes: Bloomsbury and Fashion
Explore the dynamic relationship between the Bloomsbury group and fashion in the first ever exhibition to focus on the clothing of this radical collective, and their impact on 21st century fashion. The story is told through a sensational mix of contemporary fashion, historic artwork, objects and ephemera, many never exhibited publicly before now.
Curated by writer Charlie Porter, expect a multi-layered experience featuring catwalk fashion by Dior, Fendi, Burberry, Comme des Garçons, Erdem and S.S. Daley, personal items belonging to members of the Bloomsbury group including Virginia Woolf and Lady Ottoline Morrell, never-before-seen portraits by artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, plus new commissions and interventions by contemporary fashion designers Jawara Alleyne and Ella Boucht.
How did Virginia Woolf navigate her disdain for fashion alongside her love of clothing? What can we read about queerness and patriarchy in the clothing of Duncan Grant, E.M. Forster and John Maynard Keynes? How did Vanessa Bell’s hand-made clothing form part of her creative life? And what makes the Bloomsbury group such a rich source of inspiration for 21st century fashion design?
Here, clothing provides a route into learning more about the key figures in the Bloomsbury group and how, for some, fashion provided a language with which to explore their break away from tradition. You’ll discover how contemporary fashion designers have been inspired by Bloomsbury art and life, both through the energy of the group’s extraordinary home at Charleston, and through their work and ideas.
AM or PM tickets available. AM ticket valid from 10.am–1.30pm, PM ticket valid from 1.30–5pm
First floor gallery
East Sussex, UKMore info