Betye Saar Commission Debuts
|Betye Saar, Drifting Towards Twilight, 2023. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens|
Betye Saar's commission for the Huntington went on view this weekend. Drifting Towards Twilight converts a white cube in the Scott Galleries into a midnight-blue ganzfeld. The main element is a 17-ft canoe that Saar bought online and customized. The canoe rests on dead branches sourced from Huntington groundskeeping and illuminated by a strip of greenish-blue neon. Two of five symbolic passengers are made from carousel elements, sprouting antlers. The other three passengers are antlers imprisoned in birdcages.
|Detail of Betye Saar, Drifting Towards Twilight. Photo: Joshua White/JWPictures.com|
|Betye Saar, Gliding Into Midnight, 2019|
Drifting Towards Twilight is a pivotal addition to a collection that didn't have much 21st-century or African-American art until recently. It's a gift to the Huntington from Mei-Lee Ney, with support by the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, Terry Perucca and Annette Serrurier, Faye and Robert C. Davidson, Jr., and the Virginia Steele Scott Endowment. The installation will remain on view for two years, through Nov. 30, 2025.