Thursday, April 12, 6 – 9 p.m.
Visit the museum after hours and enjoy an interactive evening of entertainment, activities and Asian cuisine celebrating the opening of the Cofrin Asian Art Wing. Activities include martial arts demonstrations, inflatable sumo wrestling, garden and gallery tours, a Lecture by Andrew Hare, Art Conservator, Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Bunraku (Japanese
puppets) talk & video; music and dance performances; art-making activities; karaoke; Anime videos and Yoga.
This event is free and open to the public. Museum Nights is an ongoing program that takes place the second Thursday of every month and is made possible by the generous support of the University of Florida Office of the Provost, Student Government and Honors Program.
Saturday, April 21, 1 – 4 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day by learning how Asian artists honor our natural world. Tour new gardens and explore landscape art displayed in the stunning Cofrin Asian Art Wing. Try bamboo brush painting and then create your own hanging scroll! A donation of $2 per child or $5 per family is requested if participating in the art-making activity.
Harn Member pARTy
March 30, 6 p.m.
We are excited to share the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing with our members first. Savor specially prepared Asian cuisine and signature cocktails while browsing the more than 400 works on display in the new wing. Enjoy entertainment including vocal and instrumental performance by Gosia and Ali, Taiko Drummers
Cirque Style Aerial Ballet, a DJ and celebratory fireworks.
Become a Harn Member and be the first to see it. There will also be an opportunity to join at the door.
The inaugural exhibitions are generously supported by the AEC Trust, Korea Foundation, Korea Cultural Heritage Administration and Central Florida Office Plus.
The opening member party is sponsored by Michael & Donna Singer, Christie’s, Aramark, Unforgettable Events, U.S. Bank, UF Student Government and an anonymous corporate sponsor.
March 31, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Schedule of Events
Join us for a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. revealing the seven new installations and Asian-inspired gardens in the new wing. Activities planned throughout the day include tours, a gallery talk by Cofrin Curator of Asian Art Jason Steuber and Curatorial Associate of Asian Art Allysa Browne Peyton at 3 p.m., a bonsai display by the Bonsai Society, children’s yoga classes and Chinese calligraphy demonstration. Family-friendly art activities include origami and paper kimono making. Additionally, a poetry-writing station in the new wing will invite your contribution to a collaborative poem celebrating the opening. Many performances will be scheduled throughout the day including traditional Indian dancing, Korean music performances and the Hindu opera “Savitri” by the UF Opera Theater.
“HOME Magazine” will also announce the cover design winner of its April/May Arts and Culture issue. This public opening is free and takes place during Primavera, Gainesville’s month-long celebration of culture and creativity at the height of spring in North Florida.
Special thanks to The Gainesville Sun and 98.5 KTK for advertising support.
This event is free and open to the public.