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Women’s Center for Creative Work

For the second year of the contemporary art initiative /five, The Huntington is partnering with the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) to select six artists who will create new works investigating the theme of collecting and collections. The six artists will conduct research across the Huntington’s art, botanical, and library holdings, and then create artworks that respond to the collections and provide engaging, thoughtful, provocative, and inspiring experiences for Huntington audiences. The artworks could take any number of forms including site-specific installations, readings, events, podcasts, performance, or media-based works. The results of this collaboration will be announced throughout the year and will culminate in an exhibition in fall 2017.


Founded in 2013, WCCW is a Los Angeles–based nonprofit organization that cultivates feminist creative communities and practices through its facilities, residency programs, and rapidly growing network of over 15,000 followers.


As The Huntington’s year-long collaboration with Women’s Center for Creative Work progresses, information about the resulting artworks will be available here.

Orbit Pavilion

The idea for an installation to convey the “sounds of satellites” is the brainchild of Dan Goods and David Delgado, visual strategists at JPL who commission and create experiences that illustrate, explain, or otherwise demonstrate scientific and technological phenomena. “We wanted a way to showcase these NASA satellites—to bring them down to Earth, if you will,” said Goods. “Orbit is the conduit for that experience, bringing people into contact with the satellites as they move above us in space.”


The nautilus shell–shaped structure is about 28 feet in diameter and clad in aluminum. It was conceived of and designed by Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang of the New York design firm StudioKCA. The sound experience was created by Oakland-based sound artist Shane Myrbeck and Arup SoundLab. Orbit Pavilion premiered in summer 2015 at the World Science Festival in New York City. The installation at The Huntington marks its West Coast debut.


Events generated through The Huntington’s year-long collaboration with the Women’s Center for Creative Work in 2017 will be listed here as they are announced.



Exhibition: Orbit Pavilion

Satellites that study the Earth are passing through space continuously, collecting data on everything from hurricanes to the effects of drought. The innovative “soundscape” you hear in the Orbit Pavilion represents the movement of the International Space Station and the 19 Earth satellites that investigate our oceans, atmosphere, and geology. Inside a large shell-shaped structure, distinctive sounds are emitted as each satellite passes overhead: a human voice, the crashing of a wave, a tree branch moving, a frog croaking. Each sound thematically relates to the satellite it represents. For instance, the sound of desert wind is used to represent the satellite CloudSat, which tracks weather clouds.


Installed nearby in The Huntington’s Mapel Orientation Gallery is NASA’s “Eyes on the Earth,” an interactive touchscreen display with additional information about the satellites and the data they are tracking—such as sea level height or global temperature.
Celebration Lawn

Panel Discussion: Aerospace in Southern California

The history of the aerospace industry in Southern California and its intersections with contemporary culture will be the focus of a panel discussion, presented in conjunction with the exhibition of NASA’s Orbit Pavilion (on view at The Huntington Oct. 29 through Feb. 27). Panelists are Peter Westwick, aerospace historian; William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West; and Daniel Lewis, senior curator of the history of science and technology at The Huntington.

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Diavolo Dance: Fluid Infinities

The acclaimed dance company Diavolo brings its performance of Fluid Infinities to The Huntington. Set on an abstract dome structure to the music of Phillip Glass, the work explores metaphors of infinite space, continuous movement, and mankind’s voyage into the unknown. The Huntington’s outdoor installation of NASA’s Orbit Pavilion will be open prior to the program. Funding for this program is provided by the Cheng Family Foundation.

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/five is a contemporary arts initiative centered on five year-long collaborations between The Huntington and a variety of arts and cultural organizations. The aim is to engage The Huntington’s rich library, garden, and art collections in new and thought-provoking ways. Possible outcomes include site-specific installations, educational programming, performance pieces, sound work, film, or myriad other art forms.


Each year’s collaboration will be announced toward the start of the calendar year. Information, photos, and stories about each collaboration and the associated artworks and events will be added to this site as they become available.


The /five initiative is made possible by a generous gift from The Cheng Family Foundation.

Additional funding for the second year of /five was provided by a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance.