Major Exhibits Ahead at the Huntington Library

SAN MARINO, Calif.—Visitors to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens this fall are in for a treat—several of them, in fact. With a landmark exhibition marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of Junípero Serra (founder of the California missions), an international exhibition of Renaissance paintings, and the opening of a dynamically re-envisioned new installation of the Library’s most valued objects, there will be something to dazzle everyone. Then, in spring of 2014, The Huntington will present an exhibition on the mysterious “Archimedes Palimpsest,” revealing text from the ancient world discovered through conservation and imaging, on tour from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. And in the summer of 2014, The Huntington will open a new wing for the display of its permanent collections, adding 5,000 feet of display space to the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art.

Exhibition Schedule through July 2014

New in Fall 2013

Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions

Aug. 17, 2013-Jan. 6, 2014

Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Erburu Wing

The 300th anniversary of the birth of one of the most influential, yet least understood, figures in California history will be marked by a major exhibition presented exclusively at The Huntington. With nearly 250 objects drawn from The Huntington’s collections and those of some 60 international lenders, “Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions” is the first to present an in-depth portrait of the founder of the California mission system. More…

Face to Face: Flanders, Florence, and Renaissance Painting

Sept. 28, 2013-Jan. 13, 2014

MaryLou and George Boone Gallery

While many exhibitions have shed light on the beauty of Flemish 15th-century painting, and even more have celebrated the glory of Italian Renaissance art, “Face to Face: Flanders, Florence, and Renaissance Painting” will be the first in the United States to explore how Flemish artists helped make the innovative, sophisticated, and beautiful works of the Italian Renaissance possible. With 29 paintings and six illuminated manuscripts by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Pietro Perugino, and Domenico Ghirlandaio drawn from The Huntington’s collections and those of several other institutions in the United States and Europe, the exhibition will mark the first time viewers in the Los Angeles area will be able to see The Huntington’s acclaimed Virgin and Child (ca. 1460) by Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden (ca. 1400-1464) displayed alongside its companion diptych panel, Portrait of Philippe de Croÿ, on loan from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. More…

Library Main Hall Renovated and Reinstalled

Opens Nov. 9, 2013

“Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times: Highlights from the Huntington Library”

The Main Exhibition Hall of The Huntington’s historic Library building reopens this fall after renovation with a new, dynamic permanent installation designed to invigorate visitors’ sense of connection to history and literature and to highlight the significance and uses of the Library’s incomparable collections of historical materials. The Huntington’s Library is one of the largest and most complete independent research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization, including British and American history and literature. The new permanent installation, titled “Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times: Highlights from the Huntington Library,” spotlights 12 key works in vignettes organized chronologically. Major items on display include the Ellesmere manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Gutenberg Bible, William Shakespeare’s First Folio, John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and Henry David Thoreau’s manuscript of WaldenMore…

Sargent Claude Johnson: A Masterpiece Restored

Oct. 12, 2013-Jan. 20, 2014

Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing

Best known for his imagery of animals and people, particularly African and Native Americans, rendered in Abstract Figurative and early modern styles, Sargent Claude Johnson (1888-1967) was one of the first African American artists in California to achieve a national reputation. More…

Spring-Summer 2014

Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes

March 15-June 8, 2014

MaryLou and George Boone Gallery

Archimedes lived in the Greek city of Syracuse in the third century B.C. He was a brilliant mathematician, physicist, inventor, engineer, and astronomer. In 10th-century Constantinople (present day Istanbul), an anonymous scribe copied Archimedes’ treatises in the original Greek onto parchment. In the 13th century, a monk erased the Archimedes text, cut the pages along the center fold, rotated the leaves 90 degrees and folded them in half. The parchment was then recycled, together with the parchment of other books, to create a Greek Orthodox prayer book. This process of reuse is called palimpsesting; the result of the process is a palimpsest. More…

The Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art—Expanded

Opens July 2014

First opened in 1984, and expanded in 2009, The Huntington’s Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art are growing again—this time into a 5,000-square-foot space in the Lois and Robert F. Erburu wing that was previously used for storage. Recent major acquisitions, such as a carved organ screen by Depression-era African American artist Sargent Claude Johnson (1888-1967), The Locomotive by Reginald Marsh (1898-1954), and Global Loft (Spread) by Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), will join loans and works from The Huntington’s permanent collection to tell an expanded story of American art from the colonial period to the 20thth century.

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Visitor information

The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission on weekdays: $20 adults, $15 seniors (65+), $12 students (ages 12-18 or with full-time student I.D.), $8 youth (ages 5-11), free for children under 5. Group rate, $11 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission on weekends: $23 adults, $18 seniors, $13 students, $8 youth, free for children under 5. Group rate, $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of each month with advance tickets. Information: 626-405-2100 or www.huntington.org.

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