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Huntington to Reopen Key Galleries in April

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On April 17, the special exhibition “Made in L.A. 2020: a version” will debut, and the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery will reopen

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will begin to reopen its art galleries on April 17, so that the public may at last see the newly restored masterpiece of 18th-century British portraiture, “The Blue Boy” by Thomas Gainsborough. In addition, “Made in L.A. 2020: a version,” the fifth iteration of the Hammer Museum’s biennial exhibition, will debut simultaneously at both the Hammer and The Huntington in two versions that make up the whole. “Made in L.A. 2020” will remain on view at both institutions through Aug. 1.

(Left) Installation view of The Blue Boy in The Huntington Art Gallery. Photo: John Sullivan. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Right: “Made in L.A. 2020: a version.” Installation view at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino. | Photo by Joshua White / JWPictures.com, courtesy of François Ghebaly, Los Angeles

All of The Huntington’s galleries have been closed since March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; but, with county public health permission to safely reopen museums, The Huntington will once again welcome visitors to three distinct gallery spaces: the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, and the galleries where “Made in L.A. 2020” is on display—in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery and a portion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art.

Planning for the reopening of other galleries at The Huntington, including the Library Exhibition Hall, is underway.

Those who wish to visit The Huntington—either to walk in the gardens or to enter galleries—must obtain a standard online ticket in advance at huntington.org, according to requirements in place since the gardens reopened last July. All visitors are required to comply with such COVID-related safety measures as wearing face coverings (even if vaccinated) and being screened for symptoms, including a temperature check. Those wishing to enter galleries will be required to queue up outside gallery doors as needed to maintain the Los Angeles County occupancy guidelines for the Red Tier, which limit indoor occupancy to 25 percent. Inside galleries, visitor traffic flow and other distancing measures will be enforced.

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