Wan-go H. C. Weng, (1918–2020), Garden of Flowing Fragrance, 2007, handscroll, ink on paper, image: 10 3/8 x 50 7/8 in. (26.3 x 129 cm.), The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
A Garden of Words: The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, California
Now on view through May 16, 2022
Celebrating the recent opening of the final phase of its Chinese Garden, The Huntington presents an exhibition of contemporary Chinese calligraphy as the inaugural installation in the garden's new art gallery, the Studio for Lodging the Mind. The exhibition, designed to illuminate the art form and foster deeper appreciation of its expressive qualities, will be presented in two 16-week rotations of 20 works each. The work of 21 contemporary ink artists will be featured, including Bai Qianshen, Michael Cherney, Grace Chu, Fu Shen, Lo Ch’ing, Tang Qingnian, Wang Mansheng, Wan-go Weng, Zhu Chengjun, and Terry Yuan, among others. The works on view comprise the original calligraphic scrolls that served as the models for inscriptions throughout the garden.
Ordering the Myriad Things:
From Traditional Knowledge to Scientific Botany in China
Thursday, February 17, 2022, 7:30pm PST/10:30pm EST
In his new book, Ordering the Myriad Things, Nicholas K. Menzies, research fellow in The Huntington's Center for East Asian Garden Studies, examines how traditional knowledge of plants in China gave way to scientific botany between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. This talk will focus especially on images of plants, contrasting their representation in late-imperial Chinese painting and materia medica to the conventions of scientific botanical drawing. It will highlight the work and careers of three 20th-century Chinese artists who paved the way for today's professional botanical illustrators.
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