A WCCW residency with /five at The Huntington
Call for Proposals
WCCW seeks proposals for projects to be executed in 2017, as part of a collaboration with The Huntington. We invite artists, writers, musicians, performers, dancers, and other creative producers to dig deeply into one of the three collecting areas of The Huntington, executing a personal project, and then to work collaboratively with other artists on a final public program or presentation.
Projects are encouraged to engage questions surrounding collecting: Who is involved in the process of collecting? What does it mean to encounter a collection? Who has access to the collections, and at what levels? What responsibilities come with being a library, a museum, and a botanical garden that collects physical objects of all sorts in an increasingly digital and virtual world? We are especially interested in projects that foreground these questions and their intersections with race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability.
Each project must work under the umbrella of one of the main collecting bodies: The Library, Art Collection, or Gardens. Each project should also engage in an in-depth way with one of the specific objects, groups of objects, or themes within these collecting bodies.
The Huntington curators have identified objects/issues/topics, below, that might be of special interest, and we encourage engagement with them, but also welcome proposals outside of these suggestions
WCCW will be selecting six artists total, and will create collaborative groups, with one artist engaging with the art collections, one engaging with the library, and one engaging with the gardens in each. Artists will have access to the collections from March–August, with culminating public projects presented in the final months of that period. The artists will work both to execute their own individual projects, and in collaboration to produce a final public project, event, or program (i.e., a performance event, a print edition, a podcast, etc…)
The entire program will culminate in a small gallery exhibition from in the Fall of 2017 which will highlight the projects and collaborations produced by each of the artists and groups. The exhibition will juxtapose the works created during the program with items from the various collections that they engaged with. Public programs in connection with the exhibition such as artist talks, screenings, or discussions, will take place monthly from October-December.
Stipends of approximately $5,000 awarded to each artist.
Potential Collections of Interest
American art suggestions:
- The Henry and Arabella Memorial Mausoleum (the two are buried here; it was designed by John Russell Pope and served as a prototype for the Jefferson Memorial).
- Harriet Hosmer, Zenobia in Chains (1859)
- Henrietta Shore (could be connected with Edward Weston)
European art suggestions:
- 18th-century British portraiture (there are some fascinating images of women, in particular, Sarah Siddons, Penelope Ligonier, Duchess of Devonshire, Emma Hamilton)
- Important role of Arabella in Huntington (Collis and Henry) art collecting
- British 18th– and 19th-century satirical drawings
- Coade-stone torchere in gallery 215 is a charming object and is a revolutionary material (coade stone) invented by a woman
- Arts & Crafts material, much of which was designed by men but made by women (Cinderella tile panel, Voysey embroidery, Crane cabinet)
Botanical + HEH Grounds
- The economic and other reasons behind the names of roses (most are female names)
- Riparian rights and issues around water at the Huntington
- Transition from agricultural to cultivated landscape. One interesting factoid: Mr. Huntington planted a few avocado seeds (a gift from the chef of Los Angeles’ Jonathan Club) that became a grove in what is now the main parking lot. These trees are considered the last surviving members of California’s first commercial avocado grove. The parking lot is now planted mostly with drought-tolerant trees, shrubs, and groundcovers.
- Looking at unused, uncultivated, strange spaces.
- Taking one or several gardens as a container for specific collections: Desert, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Jungle, Palm, Subtropical, California, Rose, Camellia etc.
- Mt. Wilson Collection (astronomy)
- Jacobus Phillipus De Bergamo, De Claris Mulierbus (1472). The “first encyclopedia of women” and one of foremost illustrated books of the 15th c. Contains 172 woodcut portraits of important women throughout history. “It is generally agreed that these represent the first genuine portraits to appear in a printed book.” RB 84790
- California Scrapbooks [Large variety of time periods and topics represented; inventory available].
- Satire! Humor! Satirical political prints? (Have American & British as well as the archive of political cartoonist, Paul Conrad)
- Marie Koenig Conservative Political Collection, 1950-2000
- Mary Emily Foy papers
- Louise Ward Watkins papers
- Olive Percival papers
- Margaret Collier Graham papers
- Library of Elizabeth Blackwell, America’s first female M.D. (approx.. 100 single items)
- Another Elizabeth Blackwell (active 1737) who was a botanical illustrator. A curious herbal, containing five hundred cuts, of the most useful plants, … By Elizabeth Blackwell. To which is added a short description of ye plants; …London : printed for John Nourse, 1739.
- Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799) the first widely recognized female mathematician, famous for the Agnesi curve. We have two copies of her book which contains numerous mathematical diagrams. Instituzioni analitiche ad uso della gioventu’ italiana / di Dna. Maria Gaetana Agnesi Milanese dell’ Accademia delle scienze di Bologna/In Milano : Nella Regia-ducal corte, 1748
- The Montagu Collection i.e. English salon and bluestockings:
- Susan B. Anthony Letters and Ephemera
- Grace Nicholson collections (both MSS and photographs):
- World War I posters – both domestic and foreign
- Una Winter papers:
- Susan B. Anthony Memorial Committee collection:
- Alice Park papers
- Lady Annie Brassey
- Alice Millard Papers. (She was a notable Pasadena bookseller)
- Sara Bard Field. (An ardent poet and suffragist, free thinker, patron of the arts, lover and eventual life companion of Charles Erskine Scott Wood. Her voluminous correspondence, body of literary manuscripts and other materials are a part of the enormous C. E. S. Wood Papers. She led a life marked by ambition, intelligence, passion and tragedy)
- Ebell Club records
- Florence Ranuzzi Papers. (She ran a bookstore in Hollywood called “Poor Richard’s Bookshop”, which was one of the first politically conservative bookstores in the U.S.)
- Allie Prescott Correspondence. (A voice from an average person. She taught school in LA in the 1870s and 1880s, and her letters discuss life in LA and such aspects of life here)
- Women’s diaries
- Caroline Maria Seymour Severance. (She was a mover and a shaker, here and nationally. She was the first president of the Friday Morning Club.)
- Leticia Quezada Papers
To apply, please send a proposal in the form of a single PDF including the following:
- Description of the project you are proposing, including overarching collecting body (Library, Art Collection, or Gardens) you propose working with and specific collection within that body. Please also delineate your experience with collaborative projects. (Up to 2 pages)
- There is an expectation of some documentation and reporting during the run of project. Please include an outline of your project process, identifying some potential opportunities for thinking through modes of production, circulation and distribution of your project process documentation (Small-run print or screen publications, social media, website presence, podcast, video, etc…) (1 Page)
- 2-page CV, starting with 1 Paragraph Bio
- 5-10 Work Samples (please include any links to audio or video in PDF)
Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org with the header “Huntington Application” by midnight on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Applications which are not formatted according to specifications or received after deadline will not be considered.