In August of 1919, Henry Edwards Huntington and his wife, Arabella, established The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens as a research and educational institution. The attraction, located in San Marino just 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles, recently kicked off its gala 100th anniversary celebration that will last through September of 2020.
A series of special exhibitions, events, public programs, and more will highlight the commemoration. During the centennial kickoff activities, the “Nineteen Nineteen” exhibit debuted. Using the tumultuous founding year as the lens, the show features more than 250 objects from the permanent collection.
Coming up after the beginning of the year are three more special exhibits: “The Hilton Als Series: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye” (Jan. 25–May 11), “Lifelines/Timelines” (March 14–June 22), and “What Now: Collecting for the Library in the 21st Century [Part II]” (May 1–Aug. 24).
One of the other highlights is the May 2020 opening of eight acres of new features in the Chinese Garden. Around the time the garden redevelopment project debuts, “A Garden of Words: The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan,” will go on exhibit and remain up until Jan. 4, 2021.
A number of guest lectures are part of the programming, with many presentations falling under the President’s Series and the Why it Matters Series.
Top photo: Group at The Huntington’s Japanese Bridge
Photo by The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens