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Current Exhibitions
Masterpiece Series - Ansel Adams: Moonrise, Hernandez, NM
March 11, 2014 - June 08, 2014

Inaugurating the Harn’s “Masterpiece Series,”Ansel Adams: Moonrise, Hernandez, NM features three examples of Adams’ masterpiece plus a facsimile of the negative and video -- each a unique example of the photographer’s interpretation of the negative.


The Mark of Water: Florida's Springs and Swamps by Karen Glaser
February 11, 2014 - July 06, 2014

This exhibition of thirty-eight large, color photographs by landscape photographer, Karen Glaser, is made “inside” Florida’s springs and swamps, providing a unique and personal interpretation of these distinctive environments.


Getting to Know Europe: A Study in Gender Roles, He, She, Me
January 14, 2014 - May 04, 2014

This exhibition is part of a project that invites a reflection on a wide range of femininities and masculinities in contemporary Europe.


Private Dramas, Public Dreams: The Street Photographs of Helen Levitt & Friends
December 10, 2013 - June 08, 2014

This exhibition features more than forty vintage photographs by the acclaimed street photographer and filmmaker Helen Levitt. Playing in the gallery is her rarely seen documentary, In the Street, a celebrated film that is essentially her photographs ‘come to life.’ The exhibition also includes WPA graphic prints from the Harn Collection, alongside photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans and Walter Rosenblum.


Cosmopolitan: Envisioning Global Communities
August 27, 2013 - July 06, 2014

This exhibition highlights multiple ways of fostering community through art by linking radically different expressions of contemporary art and culture in novel and intriguing ways. Artists from Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States work at the intersection of ethics and aesthetics affirming notions of individual difference and communal coexistence.

Included in the exhibition is a film titled Staging Silence (2) by Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck. Inspired by memories and using everyday objects, the artist creates mysterious and intriguing scenes that transform with the deft manipulation of human hands. The film’s fluid blend of reality and illusion is enhanced by a compelling score composed by musician Scanner.


String of Pearls: Traditional Indian Painting
March 19, 2013 - September 14, 2014

This exhibition highlights illustrated manuscript paintings from different regions of India and surrounding regions and their interrelationships to one other, like pearls upon a string. The paintings were inspired by musical and literary sources, historical events and varied religious traditions. When viewed together, they offer a glimpse into the richness of painting from India during the 17 – 19 centuries.

Pearls have been collected for thousands of years in South Asia, admired for their natural magnificence and prized for their exotic splendor. Traditional Indian painting is bursting with figures bedecked in precious gems, often including spectacular garlands of pearls and jewelry. Ornamentation was rarely worn solely for personal decoration, but often contained inherent symbolic meanings to communicate either specific ideas or messages from the wearer to the beholder.

This exhibition is organized by the Harn Museum of Art and is made possible by Ted and Hallie McFetridge with additional support from Central Florida Office Plus. String of Pearls includes objects from the Harn’s permanent collection and a selection of loans from Roy C. Craven, Jr. family collection and Norma Canelas Roth and William D. Roth. Special thanks to the affiliated faculty of CHiTra (Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions) and SPICMACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) at the University of Florida for their scholarship and support. This exhibition is dedicated to the memory and legacy of the great University of Florida scholar of Indian art Roy C. Craven, Jr.



Highlights from the Asian Collection

Ongoing

The Cofrin Asian Art Wing contains four main galleries and two focus galleries with more than 680 works showcasing the Harn Museum’s collections in Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and South and Southeast Asian art. The inaugural installation of the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing is made possible through the generosity of the AEC Trust with additional support from the Londono Family Endowment. Installations include:

Ceramics: Avenues of Exchange
Ceramics from China, Japan, Central Asia, and South and Southeast Asia mark the Silk Road and Silk Maritime routes and points of new cultural contact. Ceramic wares across the regions are displayed to create a visual dialogue that highlights the inspiration each culture owed the other.

Wit and Wonder of Kogo Incense Boxes: The Sandra G. Saltzman Collection
Kogo are small containers that house pieces of incense wood or blended aromatics for ceremonial use. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs and materials.

Sculptures: Religion in the Round
This exhibition features sculpture from throughout Asia made from stone, ivory and wood, dating as far back as the 4th – 5th century. It examines various religious traditions side by side to demonstrate the multiple forms and functions sculptures had across Asia.

Jades: Imperial Material
Chinese jades and glass works from the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing dynasties (1644 – 1911) are featured in this exhibition. Intricate carvings of landscapes and animals, as well as vessels, demonstrate the importance of jade to China’s artistic traditions and creative imaginations.

Korean Art: Collecting Treasures
Paintings, ceramics, sculpture and folk materials from the first several centuries CE through the early 20th century are on display. The majority of the works were given to the University of Florida in 1988 by General James A. Van Fleet. This exhibition is generously supported by the AEC Trust, Korea Foundation, and the Korea Cultural Heritage Administration. Korean Art Online Exhibition



Highlights from the Modern Collection

Ongoing

This exhibition presents highlights from the museum’s holdings of modern American, European and Latin American art spanning the mid-19th century through the first half of the 20th century. Featured works include still life, landscapes, city views, mural studies, portraits and figural studies by more than 40 artists such as Claude Monet, Theodore Robinson, Auguste Rodin, Milton Avery, George Bellows, Isabel Bishop, Pedro Figari, Raphael Soyer and Hale Woodruff. In addition, the exhibition includes an area in the center of the gallery that rotates about every six months. The current installation includes paintings by European modernists, René Magritte and Francis Picabia, who incorporated Surrealist themes in their work. The exhibition is made possible by the Eloise R. Chandler Program Endowment.


A Sense of Place: African Interiors

Ongoing

Comprised of works from the Harn Museum’s African collection, A Sense of Place features objects from homes, palaces, shrines and other sacred spaces, including sculptures, paintings, ceramic vessels, textiles and architectural elements such as doors, window frames and roof ornaments. Groupings of objects suggest particular 20th century spaces, including an Owo Yoruba ancestral shrine, a Yoruba palace, a Bamana tent dwelling, an Ethiopian church, a Somali pastoralist home, Igbo guardian deity shrines and a men’s communal house. Contextual images accompany each display and give the viewer a sense of how art enhances and defines spaces for everyday activities, worship and royal courts. The exhibition is made possible by the Harn Program Endowment.



 
The Mark of Water: FloridaS Springs & Swamps by Karen Glaser.jpg
Karen Glaser, Edge of Orange Grove Sink, 2006, courtesy of the artist

Getting to Know Europe: a Study in Gender Roles, He, She, Me.jpg
Maria Kapajeva, Asya, 2012, On loan from Maria Kapajeva

Private Dramas, Public Dreams: The Street Photographs of Helen Levitt & Friends.jpg
Helen Levitt and James Agee, In the Street, December 10, 2013 – March 2, 2014, film still, Courtesy of the estate of Helen Levitt

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Richard Misrach, American, b. 1977, Swamp and Pipeline, Cancer Alley, Louisiana, 1998, Chromogenic development print [Fuji Crystal Archive], Museum purchase, gift of Dr. and Mrs. David A. Cofrin

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Northern India (Rajasthan, Jaipur), Portrait of a Lady,c. 1800, Gift of George P. Bickford

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Korea, Blue and White Hexagonal Bottle with Scrolling Floral Design, Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), 19th Century, Gift of General James A. Van Fleet, Ceramics: Avenues of Exchange

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Claude Monet Champ d'avoine (Oat Field) French, 1840 - 1926 1890, Oil on canvas, Gift of Michael A. Singer, Modern Collection

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Ethiopian Battle of King Takla Haymant of Gojjam against the Dervishes, c. 1896-1910, museum purchase, gift of Michael A. Singer, A Sense of Place

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