Catherine Hess is interim director of the Art Collections.

A Designing Pre-Raphaelite

Before I saw The Nativity by Edward Burne-Jones, I asked myself if The Huntington really needed another design for a piece of 19th-century decorative art? We already had more than 1,000 drawings for wallpapers, carpets, tapestries, and ceramics by members of a British group of 19th-century artists called the Pre-Raphaelites. … Continue reading

Alex Israel in the House

“What,” you might ask, “is the work of contemporary artist Alex Israel doing in the Huntington Art Gallery, infiltrating the grand interiors of Henry and Arabella Huntington’s former residence and supplanting beloved 18th-century artwork?” Looking at familiar things in a new way is often illuminating, revealing, thought provoking. And smart … Continue reading