2012 Rauschenberg Acquisition: “Global Loft (Spread),” 1979
Curator Jessica Todd Smith discusses The Huntington's major 2012 acquisition, Robert Rauschenberg's 1979 “Global Loft (Spread)”. Learn more about this exhibition www.huntington.org/realamericanplaces
Real American Places: Edward Weston and ‘Leaves of Grass’
The photographs from this exhibition illuminate an understudied chapter of Edward Weston’s career. In 1941, the Limited Editions Book Club approached him to collaborate on a deluxe edition of Walt Whitman’s poetry collection, “Leaves of Grass.”
Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Portrait of the Caverly Family
Jonathan Fielding talks about the Caverly family painting hanging on the wall. The beloved piece by Joseph S. Davis, painted in the early 1836, is rich with detail, providing insight into the lives of Charles and Comfort Caverly and their son, Isaac.
Huntington Art Gallery: Mechanical Writing Table
This writing table opens by means of an elaborate mechanism that simultaneously propels the top surface backward and a large drawer forward. Mechanical tables catered to a sophisticated clientele fascinated by curiosities and the latest gadgetry.
Videre | Surface
“Surface” is a short piece about fish, reflection and not knowing which way is up. It's a dip through the proverbial looking glass, a study of a surface – of both water and air – that offers an alternate way to see what is right in front of us.
Videre | A Study in Simulacra
“A Study in Simulacra” looks at three objects that seem to echo one another: a wood grain that meanders through its surface, a stream that wanders through a garden and a camera that ambles across the drifting wood grain.
Huntington Art Gallery: Wall Paneling (“Boiserie”)
Based on French prototypes, the wall paneling (“boiserie”) in first-floor period rooms of the Huntington Art Gallery includes narrow vertical panels with carved baskets of daffodils, roses, hyacinths and other flowers.
Huntington Art Gallery: Mantel Clock (Front)
The clock, the most significant one in The Huntington’s collection, has an esteemed pedigree. It was made for Prince Maximilian of Habsburg, the last elector and archbishop of Cologne, who is depicted in the upper medallion wearing ermine-trimmed rob
Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Portrait of Albert G. Gilman
Jonathan Fielding describes A. Ellis’s 1831 painting of Albert G. Gilman. Of the fifteen known portraits by Ellis, many of those are in disrepair. Fielding says this particular work is an “exceptional piece” with vibrant colours and a modern flair.
Still Looking is a series of moments with these two master photographers, Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro, in their homes.
Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Collecting
Jonathan and Karin Fielding talk about their collection focus on American ingenuity manifested in utilitarian American art by craftspeople in rural New England from the 18th through 19th centuries.
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