What Now: Collecting for the Library in the 21st Century, Part I

19 Oct 2019 – 17 Feb 2020

Event times

Monday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Cost of entry

Adult: weekdays$25 weekend$29
Senior (65+): weekdays$21 weekend$24
Military (active/ID): weekdays$21 weekend$24
Student (f/t ID): weekdays$21 weekend$24
Youth (4-11): $13
Child (under 4): free
Groups (15+): weekdays$19 weekend$23
Members: free

Huntington Library & Gardens

San Marino
California, United States


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"What Now: Collecting for the Library in the 21st Century" is a two-part exhibition that invites visitors to consider the continued relevance of the role of The Huntington's library in documenting the human experience.


The more than 100 items featured (about 50 in each of two consecutive installations) represent recent trends in developing TheHuntington's Library collection and range from a 15th-century Middle English manuscript of one of the foundational texts of travel literature to large-scale inkjet botanical prints made in 2009 by California artist Jane O'Neal. Other highlights include 19th-century valentines, a 1942 photograph by Ansel Adams of the sandstone wall and ancient ruins at Canyon de Chelly, and author Paul Theroux's journal for his classic book "The Great Railway Bazaar," among many others. All works on view have been acquired in the 21st century, and this is the first time that they will be on public display at The Huntington. Together the objects illuminate, in unexpected ways, the rich texture and diversity of the Library today. "What Now, Part II" is on view May 1–Aug. 24, 2020.

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Exhibiting artists

Paul Theroux

Ansel Adams

Jane O'Neal


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