The Huntington opens a brand new Gainsborough-themed roller coaster today on the roof of the Huntington Art Gallery. Arabella and Henry Huntington shared a passion for thrill rides, and the pair had always intended to round out their impressive art, garden, and library collections with a hair-raising, gut-dropping, heart-pumping ride. Today, on April 1, we see that dream brought to fruition. Also, let us remind you that today is April Fools’ Day. Happy April Fools’ Day.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. is “Better Living Through Electricity: Los Angeles, 1940–1990,” the first in a series of lectures and moderated discussions inspired by “Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940–1990,” an upcoming digital exhibition that is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. Panelists will explore the ubiquitous distribution of electricity in industrial, commercial, infrastructural, and residential sites throughout greater Los Angeles in the second half of the 20th century. The event is free and will be held in Friends’ Hall.
DATE CHANGE: “Body in the Library: Lord Shelburne and the Nursery of Imagination,” the free lecture originally scheduled for Wednesday evening has been postponed until May 13.
Next Monday, on April 8, you can take a look inside the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and learn the traditions behind its use. Informal tours are offered between the hours of 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month and are free with general admission.
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.