Huntington’s expanded galleries open

huntingtonThe newly expanded Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art reopened at the end of May at the Huntington Library and Gardens, which, along with the recently renovated main house, provided an escape from the rain last Wednesday, not to mention the rumbling thunder and lightning.

huntingtondesertI stood in the desert garden, much of it in bloom, as rain pelted down, jagged bolts danced across the sky, the smell of the junipers drifted by– all elements converging to create a sensory spectacle not often witnessed in Southern California.

The new Scott Galleries provide a striking contemporary backdrop for the paintings, sculpture and objects that date from the 17th to the mid-20th century. Being overly familiar with the work I’ve seen repeatedly in New York museums by artists like John Singer Sargent, Wiliam Meritt Chase, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, Mary Cassatt, Robert Motherwell and Richard Diebenkorn, it’s energizing to discover “new” images by them and fall in love all over again.

There’s a collection of furniture by Frank Lloyd Wright in the new section as well as  interiors and furniture by Greene and Greene in its own small gallery, the Dorothy Collins Brown Wing, tucked away from the expansion.

You can enter the building from the side if you’re coming from the gardens, but seek out the glass loggia at the main entrance. It brings a flood of  natural light into the galleries, as do strategically placed upper corner windows in some of the inner galleries. It all works together beautifully.

Photos by CP

5 Replies to “Huntington’s expanded galleries open”

  1. This week should make a quite memorable time to visit The Huntington. It’s famed ‘Corpse Flower’ is set to fully bloom in the next few days for the first time in seven years. Noted for its method of polinization by attracting flies by mimicking the smell of rotting flesh! The last blooming was forever memorialized in the Simpson’s episode ‘Moe Baby Blues.’

  2. Was there for the first time on Memorial Day. Place is so large you need two days to see everything. I recommend the $25.00 tea buffet.

  3. The Huntington is a treasure, I love all the various garden, but am particularly fond of the English Roses scattered all over. A friend of mine was a “master pruner” in the ER gardens and got me started on collecting them.

  4. The Huntington is one of my absolute favorite locations in all of Los Angeles. If you have not been, get off your butt and check it out!

    The entire grounds are immaculate and the experience is awe-inspiring and humbling all at the same time. Once your mind is blown by the beautiful gardens, you still have all of the art to go through.

    Also take a date, pretty much guaranteed to end well.

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