LAST CHANCE: This is the final week to catch “Cultivating California,” on view through May 13 in the West Hall of the Library. We have a couple of blog stories from the show’s curator to whet your appetite.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. 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. A book signing follows the talk. NOTE: This event is filled.
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. we present “Crash, Bang, Smash: Three Artists Create the Modern Era,” a free lecture in the Ahmanson Room of the Botanical Center. Robert C. Ritchie, senior research associate at The Huntington, tells the story of how three remarkable geniuses overturned the cultural world of 19th-century bourgeois Europe. NOTE: This event is filled.
Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Ahmanson Room of the Botanical Center is “Paper, Paint, and Postage,” this month’s Second Thursday Garden Talk. Artist Gene Bauer, author of Botanical Serigraphs: The Gene Bauer Collection, tells the story behind her Golden Native serigraphs of the 1970s, some of which are included in the exhibition “When They Were Wild: Recapturing California’s Wildflower Heritage.” A book signing follows the talk. The event is free, and no reservations are required.
Next Monday—on May 13—is “Body in the Library: Lord Shelburne and the Nursery of Imagination,” a free lecture rescheduled from April 3. William Petty-FitzMaurice, 2nd Earl of Shelburne (1737–1805), was one of Georgian England’s greatest collectors of books, manuscripts, and art. David Hancock, professor of history at the University of Michigan and the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow, examines the evolution of this important collection. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and takes place in the Ahmanson Room of the Botanical Center. No reservations are required.
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.