Starting this Wednesday, you’ll be able to find the Gutenberg Bible and other Huntington treasures—like a double-elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America and rare early editions of Shakespeare’s works—on display over in the Erburu wing of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. While the Gutenberg Bible had been temporarily on display in the Huntington Art Gallery, the other items have been off view since the closure of the Library’s Main Exhibition Hall in early June, so stop on by and welcome them into their new [temporary] space!
On Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. is “The Origin of Viewing Stones,” a free lecture in the Ahmanson classroom. Shaped by nature, the elements, and time, “viewing stones” have been prized by collectors for centuries. Discover why, as Mr. Kengo Tatehata discusses the popular art form and why viewing stones invite contemplation of their subtle, fanciful forms.
And at 7:30 p.m. that very same Wednesday evening is “Imaging for Content and Conservation: New Technologies to Identify Old Things,” a free lecture and demonstration over in Friends’ Hall. Modern digital and spectral imaging have become tools for the text scholar and conservator. They can reveal previously unseen or written-over text and uncover words obscured by spills and stains. Historical imaging experts Gregory Bearman and Ken Boydston will discuss new methods using a variety of examples, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. They will also present a live imaging demonstration. (And if you didn’t catch it last week, we have a pre-lecture blog post about their Huntington project.)
Thursday would have been poet Charles Bukowski’s 92nd birthday, so grab a birthday drink and head on over to our iTunes U site and listen to curator Sue Hodson talk about the life of this literary giant.
For information on events that require registration and/or additional fees, please check out the calendar on The Huntington’s website.
Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.