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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens named Los Angeles arts organization Clockshop as its partner for the fourth year of The Huntington's /five initiative. Artists invited to participate in this year's project are Nina Katchadourian, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, and Rosten Woo, along with writer Dana Johnson and Poet Laureate for the City of Los Angeles Robin Coste Lewis. Each participant will create new work based on research in The Huntington's collections that will be presented in public programs and an exhibition scheduled to be on view Nov. 10, 2019–Feb. 25, 2020.


A part of The Huntington’s Centennial Celebration, which runs from September 2019 to September 2020, the 2019 /five project uses Thomas More’s satirical work Utopia (1516) as a thematic point of departure, focusing on perfection, utopia, and the utopian ambitions of railroad and real estate visionary Henry E. Huntington, the institution’s founder.


Dana Johnson

Writer and associate professor of English, University of Southern California. Johnson’s The Story of Biddy Mason (2016) retraces the parallel but contrasting Los Angeles of Henry Huntington and African-American entrepreneur Biddy Mason. Her work demonstrates a long-standing interest in how class, good fortune, and race influence ideas about, and proximity to, utopia.


Caption: Dana Johnson at The Huntington. Photo by Kate Lain.

Nina Katchadourian

Interdisciplinary artist. Katchadourian’s work, which includes video, performance, sound, sculpture, photography, and public projects, often explores the re-framing or reorganizing of collections. She intends to focus on the theme of monsters in maps and rare books within The Huntington’s archive.


Caption: Nina Katchadourian at The Huntington. Photo by Kate Lain.

Robin Coste Lewis

Poet Laureate for the City of Los Angeles; National Book Award winner. Coste Lewis created new work for Clockshop’s “Radio Imagination project” (2016), which drew upon the papers of Octavia E. Butler at The Huntington. For the 2019 iteration of the /five initiative, she is interested in investigating the writings and prints of American naturalist John James Audubon (1785-1851), a fabled perfectionist


Caption: Robin Coste Lewis at The Huntington. Photo courtesy of Amanda Schwengel and Hampshire College.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Interdisciplinary artist. Muñoz’s work in film, video, and performance focuses on ideas of speculative futures and utopias and is often produced in her homeland of Puerto Rico. Muñoz will work with the botanical collections, specifically looking at the process of cryopreservation of plants within the collections.


Caption: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz at The Huntington. Photo by Kate Lain.

Rosten Woo

Artist, designer, writer, and educator. Woo specializes in interpretive work that helps people reorient themselves to place. He will be working with the archive of scholar Robert V. Hine (1921-2015), who conducted oral histories in several of California’s utopian communities.


Caption: Rosten Woo at The Huntington. Photo by Kate Lain.


Events generated through The Huntington's year-long collaboration with Clockshop in 2019 will be listed here as they are announced.



/five is a contemporary art 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.