EXHIBITIONS: Current Exhibitions Harn Museum of Art

Current Exhibitions

Exhibitions in JANUARY 2014

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. The exhibition also includes WPA graphic prints from the Harn Collection, alongside photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans and Walter Rosenblum.

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.

Visit kongoacrossthewaters.org for more information.

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.

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.

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.

Joan Miró
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.

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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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Woyo peoples, Ritual object, nkisi, Banana, Lower Congo, DRC, late 19th century, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium

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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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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

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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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