Advancing the Humanities

The Huntington and the University of California, Riverside, have selected the first two fellows for the highly competitive Huntington-UC Program for the Advancement of the Humanities, a partnership designed to boost the humanities at public universities. The program currently supports scholars whose research areas are focused on 18th-century studies and on the history … Continue reading

Into the Fold

One of The Huntington’s partner schools is Esteban E. Torres High School in East Los Angeles. Last month, students from their Engineering and Technology Academy visited The Huntington as part of a yearlong program exploring the ancient Japanese art form of origami. Torres students toured The Huntington’s Japanese Garden to … Continue reading

Einstein’s Still Making Waves

Tomorrow The Huntington will cohost the second day of Caltech’s sixth biennial Francis Bacon Conference, “General Relativity at One Hundred.” The conference runs from March 10–12, with the first and third days taking place at Caltech. It will bring together physicists and scholars to explore topics ranging from the early history of … Continue reading

A Whale of a Discovery

It’s not every day that a lithograph from The Huntington’s collections is used to publicize a major archaeological discovery. But that’s what happened last month, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posted one of The Huntington’s prints on their website to announce they had found the hulls of two out … Continue reading

Alice at 150

Throughout the United States and Britain, Lewis Carroll’s immortal little girl is being fêted on the occasion of her 150th birthday—with exhibits and events, plays and performances. Martin Gardner’s classic The Annotated Alice was reissued last year in a “150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.” A new musical based on Alice in Wonderland … Continue reading

Maynard Parker’s California Flair

The Huntington has partnered with the Pasadena nonprofit Curatorial Assistance to mount the first exhibition devoted entirely to the work of Maynard L. Parker (1900–1976), the influential mid-20th-century architectural and garden photographer whose work helped define the era. “Out of the Archive: Maynard L. Parker Modern Photography” showcases 50 pictures … Continue reading

The Ripple Effect of Millard Sheets

The documentary filmmaker Paul Bockhorst discovered the creative spark for his most recent film in 2011 when he visited The Huntington’s exhibition “The House That Sam Built,” a show focused on the furniture of mid-20th-century craftsman Sam Maloof and art made by members of his Pomona Valley circle, including Millard Sheets. … Continue reading

Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age

The Huntington’s Ellesmere Chaucer, an illuminated manuscript produced around the year 1400, is the most handsome extant version of The Canterbury Tales in the world. Many scholars believe Geoffrey Chaucer oversaw some of its production. If you’ve ever read The Canterbury Tales, then chances are the version you read was … Continue reading