JUST LAUNCHED: The web-based digital exhibition “Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940–1990” is now live. Part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., this online-only exhibition brings together scholars, artists, authors, and critics to explore the photographic treasure trove that is the Southern California Edison archive, donated to The Huntington in 2006.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. is “Anatomy of a Revolution: Understanding the Civil War’s Inner Dynamics,” a free lecture in Friends’ Hall. Bruce Levine, author of The Fall of the House of Dixie, will discuss the specific social and political forces that launched and shaped the revolutionary process of the Civil War. Levine is professor of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and the Rogers Distinguished Fellow in 19th-Century American History. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. is our weekly live performance of traditional Chinese music in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. A different solo musician performs each week, playing unamplified melodies on classical instruments including the dizi, sheng, pipa, erhu, and zheng. Listening is free with general admission.
Next Monday—May 6—we present “The Signatures of the Robben Island Shakespeare,” a free lecture in the Ahmanson Room of the Botanical Center. David Schalkwyk, director of research at the Folger Shakespeare Library and author of Hamlet’s Dreams: The Robben Island Shakespeare, talks about the copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare that was secretly circulated, annotated, and signed by Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners on Robben Island, the notorious apartheid prison. Talk starts at 7:30 p.m. A book signing follows the talk. PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are required. You can make your reservation online or by calling 800-838-3006.
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.