Kongo across the Waters
October 22, 2013 - March 23, 2014
Kongo across the Waters will explore connections between the art and culture of the Kongo peoples of western Central Africa and African American art and culture in the United States. The exhibition will address cultural and artistic themes within Kongo culture, beginning with the ancient Kongo kingdom that encompassed parts of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Republic of the Congo and Gabon. Themes will include the arts of leadership, religion, and daily life interpreted within historical, archaeological, linguistic, musicological, anthropological and art historical contexts.
Opening in October, 2013 Kongo across the Waters will celebrate Kongo influenced cultural traditions primarily in the southeastern United States, including Florida, and will commemorate 500 years since the first African conquistador, Juan Garrido, came to the Americas. The exhibition coincides with the Viva Florida celebration of 500 years of Florida’s cultural heritage.
KONGO across the WATERS is a collaborative project by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium.
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 English Magic by Jeremy Deller. A major part of his exhibition at the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2013, the film reflects the diverse nature of British society – its people icons, myths, folklore and its broad cultural and socio-political and economic history. It includes scrapyards, street parades, and an inflatable Stonehenge – all set to a steel drum soundtrack of David Bowie, A Guy called Gerald and Vaughan Williams. The music is performed by the Melodians Steel Orchestra from South London and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
All the World's a Frame
April 05, 2013 - November 17, 2013
The focus of All the World’s a Frame is to examine a simple fact: all photographs are made. They are the product of a specific person’s sensibility for a particular aesthetic, commercial or documentary purpose. More than in any other time in human history, our knowledge of the world is mediated through billions of photographs made daily. Anchoring them to the basic mechanics of how photographs are made is essential to our understanding of the medium’s possibilities and limitations. An influential book, "The Photographer’s Eye" by John Szarkowski, former Director of Photography at MOMA, NY, is used as the framework from which to examine photographs from the Harn and other local collections in terms of their formal characteristics, motives, repeated tropes and expectations embedded in their making.
String of Pearls: Traditional Indian Painting
March 19, 2013 - September 08, 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.
Plants and Medicine: Art and Science in Botanical Prints
March 19, 2013 - November 17, 2013
This exhibition explores the topic of plants as medicinal treatment through a selection of sixteen engravings and woodcuts drawn from the Harn’s collection of herbal prints dating from the 16th to 18th centuries. Although few physicians or pharmacists grow herbs or compound treatments today, medicinal herbs were among the earliest of ingestible treatments. In the past, those who used plants to treat illness typically relied upon human and animal observation or employed traditional knowledge and superstition. Illustrated herbals and botanicals became a crucial form for conveying reliable information about plants and were critical to fostering knowledge based upon rigorous observation and consistent identification of species. Plants and Medicine is co-curated by Dulce Román, Curator of Modern Art, and Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, Archivist, Health Science Center Libraries. The exhibition is made possible by The Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart Endowment for Focus Exhibitions at the Harn Museum of Art.
Bird Mothers and Feathered Serpents: Mythical Beings of Oceania and Ancient America
February 26, 2013 - January 19, 2014
Every human culture has narrated its beginning and its worldview–including the phenomena and creatures of the world around it–through myth. This exhibition focuses on mythological beings in art from Oceania and Ancient America, using objects from the Harn Museum’s collection. Each object represents a fascinating character–a culture hero, a divinity, or a spirit being. Their attributes and deeds reflect human understanding of the cosmos and played a role in shaping social and cultural ideas for a particular group of people. Oceanic works are from Melanesia, including the Sepik River region, Papuan Gulf, New Britain and New Ireland of Papua New Guinea. Ancient American works are from Mesoamerica, Central America and the Andean region.
December 03, 2012 - September 02, 2014
Joan Miró features three large-scale bronze sculptures by the artist. One of Europe’s most important 20th century artists, Miró was known for his paintings but also for his whimsical, playful and surrealist sculptures.
Highlights from the Asian Collection
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
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
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.
Woyo peoples, Ritual object, nkisi, Banana, Lower Congo, DRC, late 19th century, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium
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
Kenneth Josephson, New York State, 1970,Museum purchase with additional funds from the NEA
Northern India (Rajasthan, Jaipur), Portrait of a Lady,c. 1800, Gift of George P. Bickford
Georg Dionysius Ehret, Pancratium, 1768, engraving, hand-colored, museum purchase, funds provided by Lawrence Reed Miller
Zapotec people, Valley of Oaxaca, Seated Companion Urn, pre-Columbian, Early classic Period, 300 - 500, gift of Mrs. A. H. Spivack, in memory of Dr. A. H. Spivack
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
Claude Monet Champ d'avoine (Oat Field) French, 1840 - 1926 1890, Oil on canvas, Gift of Michael A. Singer, Modern Collection
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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