Thea M. Page is director of marketing communications at The Huntington.

Project Blue Boy

In an exciting “first” for The Huntington, visitors this fall will be able to watch and learn about the conservation treatment of Thomas Gainsborough’s iconic masterpiece The Blue Boy through a special installation in the Huntington Art Gallery that opens on September 22. “Project Blue Boy,” on view in the … Continue reading

The Most Influential Artist You’ve Never Met

What wildly popular 19th-century painter had throngs of Londoners lining up to catch a glimpse of canvases so sensational and operatic that some swooned at the sight? His luminous, epic style was so impressive that storytellers of all stripes—from novelists Jules Verne and the Brontë sisters to filmmakers D.W. Griffith … Continue reading

New Chief Curator’s Take on American Art

You might skip right past it. In a room of the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing dominated by kaleidoscopic starbursts and spirals on huge early American quilts, The Huntington’s new Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art, Chad Alligood, stops in front of a small, dark piece of needlework. … Continue reading

For Neophiles, Aesthetes, and People Who Like to Eat

Surprise! There are 11 new acquisitions on view in one room in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art right now. That’s great news for neophiles, and even greater news for fans of representational art from the mid-20th century. Plus, there are stylish modern silver and ceramic works. If … Continue reading

A Decidedly British Approach to Humor

The painter, social critic, and editorial cartoonist William Hogarth (1697–1764) set the standard for modern English satire. He saw caricatures imported from the Continent and argued for the creation of a distinctly British approach to social satire—one based on observing Londoners going about their daily lives. Soon caricature drawing became … Continue reading

How the Christmas Birds Got Their Tweet

The Huntington Art Gallery has a cool holiday tree again. Last year, a cacophony of colorful piñatas covered the noble fir, a concept developed by designer David Netto. This year, artist Konstantin Kakanias conceived of a tree adorned with whimsical birds whose cartoon speech bubbles silently declared “love,” “freedom,”  “harmony,” … Continue reading