The Huntington Museum of Art will observe its 60th anniversary at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 during the opening reception for two new exhibits.
Those two new exhibits are Mr. Fitz: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Huntington Museum of Art and Curator's Choice: Barrie Kaufman.
HMA's anniversary celebration begins with opening remarks and a gallery walk with Barrie Kaufman in conjunction with the opening for her exhibit Curator's Choice, which runs from Nov. 10 through Feb. 3, 2013. A reception with an anniversary cake follows. Admission to this anniversary event is free.
Mr. Fitz: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Huntington Museum of Art opened Oct. 20 and continues through Feb. 3 and then will be on view again Feb. 23, 2013, through Oct. 20, 2013. This exhibit features selected highlights from the more than 425 works donated by the late Herbert Fitzpatrick.
It was Fitzpatrick along with other visionaries who in 1947 began discussing the idea of a cultural center or museum in Huntington. Fitzpatrick jumpstarted the project with the donation of 52 acres for a site to erect an art gallery to store his collection, as well as provide for an arboretum, bird sanctuary and nature trails. The Huntington Galleries (now known as the Huntington Museum of Art) opened in 1952.
Fitzpatrick was an avid art collector, and his tastes in art were wide-ranging, from British silver from the Georgian period, Near Eastern prayer rugs, fine European and American paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints and Asian decorative arts.
For the past two years the museum's archivist/librarian, Chris Hatten has been researching Fitzpatrick and the early years of the museum. Photographs, videos and ephemera from the library archives and new material collected during his research will be on view in a portion of the gallery. A limited edition book about Herbert Fitzpatrick and the founding of the museum written by Hatten will accompany the exhibit at a later date.