Anna Hyatt Huntington , Yawning Tiger, n.d. Bronze with patina, 8 ½ x 7 x 28 ? in., The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington

Anna Hyatt Huntington

April 20, 2024 - October 6, 2024
  • Anne Noland Edwards Gallery
free

About the exhibition

A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington examines the work of this pioneering early 20th-century sculptor, bringing together nearly one hundred works from over 30 museums across the United States. Huntington (1876 –1973) was an internationally celebrated sculptor in her time. Born Anna Vaughn Hyatt in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the artist attended some classes at the Art Students League in New York City, but was largely self-taught. By 1906, the Metropolitan Museum of Art had made the first of several acquisitions of her work.

In 1923, Hyatt married philanthropist, poet, and arts patron Archer M.Huntington, son of railroad magnate and Newport News shipyardfounder Collis P. Huntington. In 1930, Archer founded the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, and Anna created a number of works for the grounds, including the locally-beloved Lions Bridge sculptures. In 1931, the couple founded Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, a sculpture garden and nature preserve where many of her large sculptures are installed on permanent display.

This exhibition presents the contributions of Anna Hyatt Huntington to a broader audience, including the Newport News community where the artist made significant contributions. Best known for her remarkably realistic sculptures of animals, the artist enjoyed a thriving career producing both small-scale collectibles as well as monumental public sculptures, a pursuit undertaken by very few women of her day. 

Huntington's keen scientific interest in capturing the anatomy of animals was matched only by her ability to render them in both graphic detail and dynamic action. Depicting domesticated animals as well as more exotic specimens including monkeys, elephants, and lions, Huntington’s works are outstanding within the tradition of classical figurative sculpture.

Selected works

Sponsors

Deepest thanks to George and Mary Torggler for their tremendous commitment to elevating the visual arts at the Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center.



Special thanks to our generous exhibition sponsors:

 

Premier Sponsor

Anne and Gus Edwards 

 

Presenting Sponsors

Jennifer Dunn ‘95 and Damon Saetre

Randolph D. Rouse Foundation

Gina Fitzhugh Wilson  

 

With additional support from

Ramona and Robert Deal

William and Janice Grace

Mary Katherine Evans Hogg

Ann Hunnicutt

Elizabeth Holt ‘79

Larry King Law

Terri ‘86 and Matt McKnight

Patricia’02 and Dan Mooza

Mary Neale

Newport News Arts Commission 

Related events

April 19, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Journey into the Menagerie

A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington ,
The Exclusive Opening Event for
A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington
Friday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m.
$100 per ticket | $75 for Patrons
Please RSVP by April 5.

Deepest thanks to George and Mary Torggler for their
tremendous commitment to elevating the visual arts at the
Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center.

 

Special thanks to our generous exhibition sponsors:

Premier Sponsor

Anne and Gus Edwards

 

Presenting Sponsors

Jennifer Dunn ‘95 and Damon Saetre

Gina Fitzhugh Wilson  

 

With additional support from:

Ramona and Robert Deal

William and Janice Grace

Mary Katherine Evans Hogg

Ann Hunnicutt

Elizabeth Holt ‘79

Larry King Law

Terri ‘86 and Matt McKnight

Patricia ’02 and Dan Mooza

Mary Neale

Newport News Arts Commission

Randolph D. Rouse Foundation

Sponsors

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