We’ll finally get to admire the newly restored The Blue Boy!
On April 17, the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery will reopen and the “Made in L.A. 2020: a version” exhibition will debut, according to a press release. It’s been almost a whole year since the beloved museum galleries at the Huntington shut their doors due to the pandemic. Fortunately, we’ve still been allowed to roam the exquisite gardens, but we’ve been curious to see what the restored 18th-century masterpiece The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough looks like in person.
Along with the first floor, all the galleries showcasing the “Made in L.A. 2020” works will be open. That includes the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery and a portion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. The exhibition will simultaneously debut at the Hammer Museum as part of the fifth iteration of the Hammer’s biennial, featuring the works of 30 local artists.
Any guests eager to visit (either the gardens, museum galleries or both) will need to reserve tickets in advance online. Health and safety measures will be in place which includes mandatory face coverings, temperature checks, social distancing and traffic flow. Indoor capacity is 25 percent according to the Red Tier restrictions of the state’s Blue Print for a Safer Economy, so you’ll want to book ahead if you plan to go.
Location: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
Featured Image: The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens