2010 Bookseller Resource Guide
Exhibitions At The Huntington: A Look Ahead

The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography from the Jay T. Last Collection
Oct. 17, 2009–Feb 22, 2010
MaryLou and George Boone Gallery

When a young German playwright named Alois Senefelder developed a new printmaking process in the 1790s, little did he know that his discovery would start a communication revolution. Lithography, or flat-surface printing, transformed the exchange of information and everyday life for the next century and beyond. This technique brought art, literature, music, and science to the masses; gave rise to product advertising and consumer culture; educated a growing middle class; and turned commercial printing from a craft into an industry. Lithography also colorized a predominantly black-and-white publishing world. “The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography from the Jay T. Last Collection” presents about 250 examples of 19th-century American lithography from The Huntington’s Jay T. Last collection of lithographic and social history. Advertising posters, art prints, calendars, certificates, children’s books, color-plate illustrations, historical views, product labels, sales catalogs, sheet music, toys, games, and trade cards are just some of the artifacts that will be included in this comprehensive exhibition.

The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs
May 22–Sept. 6, 2010
MaryLou and George Boone Gallery

The first major exhibition of furniture and decorative art by the American craftsman and designer Charles Rohlfs (1853–1936), “The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs” brings together more than 40 pieces from 10 museums and several private collections to survey Rohlfs’ career as a furniture designer. With roots in the Aesthetic movement and an art-for-art’s sake sensibility, Rohlfs’ style relates to the abstract naturalism of Art Nouveau but draws on precedents from Asian and Moorish as well as English and German designs. While his work influenced the pared-down oak forms that became hallmarks of the Arts and Crafts movement, Rohlfs preferred the term “artistic furniture” to identify his designs not as part of a specific style or movement but rather as an expressive art made by a single individual. Organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Chipstone Foundation, and the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation with new scholarship based on the Rohlfs family archives and newly discovered primary sources, “The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs” concludes its national tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the fall of 2010.

Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Collection of Peter Marino
Oct. 23, 2010–Jan. 24, 2011
MaryLou and George Boone Gallery

The Huntington will be the first U.S. venue for “Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Collection of Peter Marino,” a rare look at approximately 20 bronze statuettes made from about 1500 to the mid-18th century in Italy, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Since antiquity, bronze statuettes delighted and engaged viewers who contemplated their beauty, erudite subject matter, and inventive compositions. The exhibition will display publicly for the first time New York architect Peter Marino’s private collection of prime examples by such artists as Giovanni Battista Foggini (1652–1737) and Michel Anguier (ca. 1613–1686). Marino is one of a long line of sophisticated collectors who have avidly assembled collections of these sculptures since the Renaissance. His collection complements The Huntington’s holdings of related sculptures by Giambologna (1529–1608), Hubert Gerhard (1540–1620), and other masters of the period. “Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Collection of Peter Marino” opens at the Wallace Collection, London, in spring 2010 and travels to the Frick Collection, New York, in the summer of 2011.


Samuel Johnson: Literary Giant of the 18th Century
May 23–Sept. 21, 2009
Library, West Hall

Legendary as a writer, moralist, and conversationalist during his lifetime, Samuel Johnson (1709–1784) achieved fame with the publication of his Dictionary of the English Language in 1755. His death marked the end of an era in England known as the “Age of Johnson.” In honor of the 300th anniversary of his birth, “Samuel Johnson: Literary Giant of the 18th Century” showcases Johnson’s craft as a writer through a display of rare materials, including a copy of the first edition of the Dictionary in its original binding, a portion of one of Johnson’s diaries, personal letters, and other works seldom seen by the public. A highlight of the exhibition is Sir Joshua Reynolds’ iconic “Blinking Sam” portrait of Johnson (1775), donated to the institution by Huntington Overseer Loren Rothschild and his wife, Frances, in 2006. The story of Johnson’s achievements is drawn from The Huntington’s collections as well as from the private collection of Rothschild.

Downstream: Colorado River Photographs of Karen Halverson
May 30–Sept. 28, 2009
Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing

An accomplished landscape photographer who has spent more than 20 years exploring the American West, Karen Halverson (b. 1941) awoke one morning in 1994 with the conviction that she needed to photograph the Colorado River. Her epiphany led to a two-year encounter with the vast and often breathtaking terrain along the river’s serpentine route. Thirty works from Halverson’s Downstream series are presented along with select historic images from The Huntington’s extensive collection of photographs. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with an introduction by Halverson and a foreword by William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (University of California Press, 2008).

British Watercolors of the Eastern Mediterranean
July 18–Nov. 30, 2009
Huntington Art Gallery, Works on Paper Room

By the end of the first quarter of the 19th century, watercolor paintings of the western European landscape had become familiar to British collectors, who began to seek new and different imagery with which to decorate their houses. Artists were eager to supply this demand. Improvements in transportation across Europe and the Mediterranean opened up new areas for artistic exploration, such as Eastern Europe, Greece, and the Near East. The fashion for exotic and orientalized subjects meant that British watercolorists who traveled there found a ready market for their works at home. The 15 pictures from The Huntington’s permanent collection on display in “British Watercolors of the Eastern Mediterranean” illustrate the great variety of style and the vastly different approaches employed by artists such as Edward Lear (1812–1888), John Frederick Lewis (1804–1876), and David Wilkie (1785–1841).

Central Avenue and Beyond: The Harlem Renaissance in Los Angeles
Oct. 24, 2009–Jan. 4, 2010
Library, West Hall

During the 1920s and 1930s, African American arts and culture flowered throughout the United States. African Americans found new ways to explore black history, thought, culture, and arts in urban centers nationwide. Much of the activity of this movement took place in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, and its success there became known as the Harlem Renaissance. But important things were happening in the West as well. “Central Avenue and Beyond” focuses on the extraordinary artistic, cultural, and intellectual expressions and accomplishments of African Americans on Central Avenue in South Los Angeles and radiating throughout the city. The exhibition draws from materials from The Huntington as well as items from the Mayme A. Clayton collection, considered among the largest archives of rare African American books, manuscripts, posters, photographs and films. The Clayton material has never before been on public display.

Drawn to Satire: John Sloan’s Illustrations for the Novels of Charles Paul de Kock
Oct. 24, 2009–Mar. 29, 2010
Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing

From 1903 to 1905, American artist John Sloan created 53 etchings to illustrate comic novels by French author Charles Paul de Kock. The books—satires of French society in the first half of the 19th century, full of slapstick violence—were a perfect subject for Sloan’s lively etching style of short, expressive lines and loose cross-hatching. The project also seemed to inspire Sloan to look at 20th-century New Yorkers with the same satirical eye that de Kock trained on Parisians of the previous century. In the years that followed, Sloan produced a number of etchings featuring humorous vignettes of life in the busy metropolis. A selection of Sloan’s etchings as well as related prints, drawings, and books will be on view, inviting close study of Sloan’s working methods as he was becoming a prominent member of the band of urban realists known as the Ashcan school. The works on view are part of a major promised gift of John Sloan material from Gary, Brenda, and Harrison Ruttenberg.

Impressions of an Age: Dutch and Flemish Prints of the 17th Century
Dec. 5, 2009–March 29. 2010
Huntington Art Gallery, Works on Paper Room

Since its origins, printmaking has been appreciated by its practitioners for the speed and economy with which images can be reproduced. Yet this humble medium reached a technical and aesthetic highpoint in the Netherlands in the 17th century. Artists renowned for their painting, such as Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) and Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), became masters of printmaking, capturing both intimate subjects and grand scenes with subtlety and richness of execution. Representing diverse subjects—from the biblical to the everyday—this intimate exhibition draws upon The Huntington’s own holdings that testify to their makers’ creativity and skill.

A Clash of Empires: The Seven Years’ War and British America
Feb. 13–June 28, 2010
Library, West Hall

Some 20 years before the shot “heard ‘round the world” initiated the War of Independence, other shots, fired in what is now southwestern Pennsylvania, literally set the world on fire. On May 28, 1754, a detachment of Virginia militia commanded by a young George Washington ambushed a party of French soldiers in the territory claimed by both France and England. Less than two months later, French reinforcements surrounded the stockade hastily built by Washington’s men and forced their surrender. This skirmish triggered a chain of events that erupted in a conflict known as the French and Indian War or the Seven Years’ War and drew into its vortex all the European powers and engulfed the entire globe. “A Clash of Empires” examines the causes, course, and consequences of the conflict through the eyes of its many participants, publicly displaying for the first time materials from the Huntington Library’s vast collections documenting this turning point in modern history.

Child’s Play? Children’s Book Illustration of 19th-Century Britain
April 3–July 26, 2010
Huntington Art Gallery, Works on Paper Room

In the 19th century—with the work of Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll, and others—children’s fairy tales and nursery rhymes began to be widely published, documenting what was originally a rich oral tradition across western cultures. In Britain, such publications were enlivened by the work of some of the most talented artists and illustrators of the period, including Walter Crane (1845–1915), Arthur Rackham (1867–1939), and Kate Greenaway (1846–1901). Drawing on the collections of The Huntington’s art and literary collections, “Child’s Play?” includes a selection of rare drawings as well as the books themselves. Although beguiling, some of the stories and their illustrations represent the often complicated layering of the joys and fears related to childhood and child rearing.

Charles Bukowski (working title)
Oct. 9, 2010–Feb. 14, 2011
Library, West Hall

Los Angeles writer Charles Bukowski (1920–1994) was one of the most original voices in 20th-century American literature. In his poetry and prose, Bukowski used experience, emotion, and imagination, along with violent and sexual imagery, to capture life at its most raw and elemental. With unflinching honesty, he spoke for the social outcasts—the drunks, prostitutes, addicts, lay-abouts, and petty criminals—as well as those who are simply worn down by life. The exhibition will include corrected typescripts of Bukowski’s poems and such novels as his autobiographical work, Ham on Rye (1982), and his screenplay Barfly, made into a film in 1987, starring Faye Dunaway and Mickey Rourke. There also will be early periodicals containing his poetry and rare special editions of his writings published by John Martin, proprietor of the Black Sparrow Press, as well as memorabilia and photographs of Bukowski. The exhibition will include items on loan from Linda Lee Bukowski as well as material from the Huntington’s Bukowski papers, donated by Mrs. Bukowski.

Taxing Visions: Financial Episodes in Late 19th-Century American Art
January 29–May 30, 2011
Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing

Taxes, rent, economic depression, and financial inequity are the subject matter in the visually provocative paintings and works on paper explored in “Taxing Visions: Financial Episodes in Late 19th-Century American Art.” Although the late 19th century is identified artistically with leisure-laden landscapes, abundant still lifes, and class-conscious official portraits, American artists working in a variety of stylistic idioms reckoned with the financial panics and occupational turmoil that marked the Reconstruction, Gilded Age, and early Progressive eras. The approximately 30 paintings, drawings, and prints in this focused exhibition are drawn from museums across the country and demonstrate with sometimes startling clarity the experience of economic downturn, ultimately picking up where facts, figures, and the printed word leave off. The work of more than a dozen artists is represented, including that of David Gilmour Blythe, John George Brown, James Henry Cafferty, William Michael Harnett, George Inness, William Sidney Mount, and Thomas Waterman Wood. The exhibition is organized jointly by The Huntington and the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, where it is on view Sept. 28, 2009—Dec. 19, 2010. An illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition.

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