Patterns Past and Present: Arts of Panama
August 12, 2014 - June 07, 2015
This exhibition displays examples of both ancient and modern Panamanian art, including ceramics, stone and metalwork spanning the time period of 400 – 1000 CE and molas (appliquéd textiles) and garments from the Kuna of San Blas Islands (20th century). The juxtaposition of ancient and modern art forms will illustrate common visual themes as well as innovation. Objects will be drawn from the Panama Canal Museum Collection, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, and the collection of the Orlando Museum of Art and the Harn Museum collections.
Art, Technology & the Natural World
August 19, 2014 - July 26, 2015
The exhibition’s international scope provides the unique opportunity to view and study work by artists from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the United States who work in multi-media from painting and photography to installation and film. The exhibition highlights an installation of work by Andy Warhol and a special installation Repurposing the Wunderkammer: Building A New Space for Science and Art. Repurposing the Wunderkammer is a collaboration between the School of Art and Art History, the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art, the project that explores the notion of a contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities seeking new ways to discover common ground between art and science.
Eleven: The John Erickson Museum of Art 10 Year Retrospective
September 16, 2014 - January 04, 2015
The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA), founded eleven years ago by artist Sean Miller, reinvents the museum as a portable object. JEMA is a series of miniature and mobile museums that occupy new realms of critical and literal space from site-specific sculpture and installation space to performances. Eleven will be a display of 21 portable JEMA galleries at the Harn Museum of Art. Each JEMA gallery will highlight a different artist. Individual JEMA’s have been on display internationally in places such as Miami Beach, Dublin, Germany and Italy. The museums will now come together in one location for this exhibition.
Solo :: Together | 50th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition
September 16, 2014 - January 04, 2015
Every five years, the Harn Museum of Art hosts the University of Florida’s annual studio art faculty exhibition; in the intervening years, it is held at the University Gallery. In this landmark 50th year, the museum celebrates twenty-three distinguished artists working in a variety of mixed media.
Monet and American Impressionism
February 03, 2015 - May 24, 2015
Monet and American Impressionism will highlight twenty-five artists who launched a new way of painting in response to the influence of French Impressionism. The exhibition will present roughly fifty paintings and twenty prints dated between 1880 and 1920 by many of the leading figures in American Impressionism, such as Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, Theodore Robinson, John Henry Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir. These artists adapted the innovations of French Impressionism and ultimately paved the way to a uniquely American style of painting in the 19th century. The exhibition will include landscapes, portraits, intimate depictions of women and children, and images of modern life such as urban views and popular leisure activities.
The exhibition will consider how proponents of Impressionism in America responded to the paintings of Claude Monet and his French contemporaries—both what they embraced and what they ignored—as well as to aspects of social and cultural life in the United States during the period. For example, the exhibition will explore relevant issues of the day such as America’s fascination with French art and culture, the impact of tourism on artistic taste and consumer culture, changing roles of women in American society, and attitudes toward industrialization, exercise and public health. Select works by Monet will introduce artistic concerns such as media, technique, subject matter, and composition.
In addition to the leading painters of the day, the exhibition will include works by less renowned figures such as John Leslie Breck, Gari Melchers, Richard Miller, Lilla Cabot Perry, and Guy Wiggins, among others. Artists representing a new generation of painters who merged Impressionism with realist concerns will include Maurice Prendergast, William Glackens, Ernest Lawson, and Jonas Lie. The exhibition will be organized along five thematic groupings: “The Allure of Giverny,” “A Country Retreat,” “The Vibrance of Urbanism,” “The Comfort of Home,” and “A Graphic Legacy.” Each section will include at least one work by Monet or other French Impressionists, such as Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley, alongside works by American artists in order to generate dialogue about techniques, composition and subject matter.
Monet and American Impressionism is curated by Dulce Román, Curator of Modern Art, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays addressing the artistic, cultural and historical context of American Impressionism from interdisciplinary perspectives.
Kuna People, Panama, Medio Balboa, n.d., on loan from Panama Canal Museum Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.
Andy Warhol, Space Fruit: Oranges, 1978, screen print, gift from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Claude Monet, Champ d'avoine (Oat Field), 1890, gift of Michael A. Singer
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