In addition to celebrating its yearlong Centennial through a variety of exhibitions, public programs and new initiatives, The Huntington now has a new name.
The institution formerly known as The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced it has changed its name to The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
The change from "collections" to "museum" was made to more accurately describe the institution's mission and programs, said Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence.
"Our art collections are more than a group of catalogued objects; they are carefully curated, interpreted, and exhibited for scholarship, education, and the broader public," Lawrence said, making the announcement at the Centennial Celebration launch event at The Huntington.
"An added benefit to this change is that we become more discoverable, particularly in online searches. This is important as we work to widen our audiences and accessibility."
The name change takes effect immediately, rolling out as a part of The Huntington's Centennial Celebration, a yearlong series of exhibitions, public programs and new initiatives running from September 2019 to September 2020.
One of the major Centennial exhibitions, which opened September 21, 2019, and runs through January 20, 2020, is Nineteen Nineteen. It will examine The Huntington and its founding through the prism of a single, tumultuous year—1919—bringing together about 275 objects drawn from the institution's vast collections.
In 1919, as Henry and Arabella Huntington signed the trust document that would transform their property into a public institution, the United States roiled in the aftermath of World War I. Organized around themes defined by the verbs "Fight," "Return," "Map," "Move" and "Build," the exhibition showcases items that embody an era in flux. Rare books, posters, letters, photographs, diaries, paintings, sculpture, and ephemera will be on view, many for the first time.
Courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. George R. Watson, Portrait of Henry E. Huntington on Loggia of San Marino Residence, April 1919; printed 1927. Gelatin silver print, 22 x 18 3/4 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Highlights include representative items from 1919, such as a 37-foot map of a Pacific Electric (Red Car) route in Los Angeles, German Revolution posters, and suffragist pamphlets, alongside important works acquired by Huntington in the lead-up to that year, including the original manuscript of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the journal of Aaron Burr, and the memoirs of Gen. William T. Sherman.
Another landmark event ...
On January 1, 2020—for the first time in 50 years—The Huntington will join Pasadena's world-famous Rose Parade® with a spectacular float that will represent The Huntington's trifecta of library art, and botanical collections as the institution looks forward to the next 100 years.
Learn more about the various exhibits, special events and programming at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
Courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
Main photo courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Musuem, and Botanical Gardens.