November 9, 2019 to February 24, 2020
Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Chandler Wing,
The Chinese Garden, Lake of Reflected Fragrance,
and select spots throughout the gardens
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
What kind of utopia can come out of these margins, negations, and obscurities? Who will even recognize it as a utopia? It won’t look the way it ought to.
—Ursula K. Le Guin
The process of discovery started with the idea of an invented map and expanded to borders and edges, islands, temporarily forgotten histories, peoples whose lives had been carefully recorded and then forgotten, and utopian experiments in communal living in the 20th century. Many of these places, and the people who challenged the dominant narratives, existed on the periphery. This exhibition centers their stories. The five newly commissioned projects are seeded with remnants of the past while revealing new futures, new histories, and new legacies.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and WHH Foundation. Additional support for the publication of Trailblazer and Inhabitants and Visitors was provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.
Beside the Edge of the World is a Huntington Centennial Exhibition. The Huntington’s Centennial Celebration is made possible by the generous support of Avery and Andrew Barth, Terri and Jerry Kohl, and Lisa and Tim Sloan.