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

EXHIBITIONS | Rare Chance to See a Gainsborough Masterpiece, Times Three

The love affair between The Huntington and the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough is nearly 100 years old. Since Henry E. Huntington began collecting Gainsborough’s work in 1911, the institution has presented numerous exhibitions, publications, and special programs dedicated to various aspects of the 18th-century British master’s work. Soon, another tribute … Continue reading

The New Renaissance and Baroque Galleries

The New Renaissance and Baroque Galleries

Who knew The Huntington was so rich in works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods? If you’re in the mood for some splendor, along with a stunning reminder that The Huntington’s art collections go beyond huge 18th-century British portraits, all you have to do is enter the Huntington Art Gallery … Continue reading

EXHIBITIONS | Whistler’s Brother (In Law)

EXHIBITIONS | Whistler’s Brother (In Law)

Google “Whistler’s Mother” and you’ll get 504,000 results. But even famous painters had a “before” period. For James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), it was when he was allowed to crash at the London home of his half sister and brother-in-law before his career took off. That’s when a rich and … Continue reading

“California’s First Major Artist”

“California’s First Major Artist”

Photograph collectors get a glint in their eyes when you mention Carleton Watkins (1829-1916). Named “California’s first major artist” by the Los Angeles Times’ Christopher Knight, the 19th-century American photographer had an extraordinary sense of composition, produced expert, richly toned prints, and captured the beauty of the American West’s natural … Continue reading

EXHIBITIONS | A Catalog to Covet Like an Ancient Chinese Mirror

EXHIBITIONS | A Catalog to Covet Like an Ancient Chinese Mirror

At the opening events late last week for “Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection,” a table was set in the corner of the room, covered with a black cloth. Opened on the table under a spotlight shone two sumptuous, richly illustrated and weighty volumes. Together they form … Continue reading

EXHIBITIONS | When the L.A. County Fair Was Totally Mod

EXHIBITIONS | When the L.A. County Fair Was Totally Mod

It’s 1954. Where do you go to see the hottest interior design trends? The Los Angeles County Fair, of course. In the Fine Arts Building of the 1954 L.A. County Fair, Millard Sheets, director of exhibitions—and accomplished painter, influential chair of Scripps College’s art department, designer of dozens of bank … Continue reading