A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington

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  • A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington
    • Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center

      April 20 - October 6, 2024

      1 Avenue of the Arts
      Newport News, VA 23606
    • Phone: 757-594-8905
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A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington examines the work of this pioneering early 20th century sculptor, bringing together nearly 100 works from more than 30 museums across the country. Huntington (1876 –1973) was an internationally celebrated sculptor in her time. Born Anna Vaughn Hyatt in Boston, 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 shipyard founder Collis P. Huntington. In 1930, Archer founded The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, and Anna created several 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. For details, click here