EXHIBITIONS: Current Exhibitions Harn Museum of Art

Current Exhibitions

Exhibitions in AUGUST 2014

Art, Technology & the Natural World
August 19, 2014 - July 26, 2015

In this exhibition, thirty international artists examine the way technology alters our concept of nature and its effect on social, ethical and cultural dimensions of our society. Work of Andy Warhol who notoriously claimed himself to be a “machine” is featured, including seven recent gifts from the Andy Warhol Foundation and the artist’s photographs. Also on view are works by Haegue Yang and Olafur Eliasson that connect technology to the physical, intellectual and emotional dimensions of life. A focus on Africa considers the way we understand different cultures. The show also features an exhibition within an exhibition, Repurposing the Wunderkammer: Building A New Space for Science and Art, conceived by UF faculty member Sean Miller and co-curated by Miller and Kerry Oliver-Smith. Repurposing the Wunderkammer offers works inspired by Cabinets of Curiosity and highlights the collaborative possibilities between art and science across the arc of history and the contemporary world. The exhibition itself is a collaboration between the School of Art and Art History, the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art.

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.

Emperor’s River: China’s Grand Canal - Philipp Scholz Rittermann
July 01, 2014 - November 30, 2014

Emperor’s River consists of 25 large panoramic photographs of China’s ancient waterway, the Grand Canal, also known as the “Emperor’s River.” Its construction began in 460 BCE, and after several centuries of expansion, now stands as the world’s largest water project and surprisingly, not many Westerners know about it. Rittermann’s photographs take us deep into China’s development along the Canal, yielding dynamic images of its rapidly changing landscape and people.

Life is a Highway: Prints of Japan’s Tokaido Road
May 06, 2014 - August 17, 2014

The Tokaido Road was an important and well-trodden route in pre-modern Japan connecting ancient political capital of Kyoto with the imperial city of Edo [Tokyo]. The road was punctuated by 53 stations where travelers could rest and refresh themselves and where the government could monitor trade and collect taxes. Art and literature featuring the Tokaido Road were immensely popular in Japan and inspired an American culture of virtual tourism. In particular, woodblock prints in the ukiyo-e tradition functioned as visual memorabilia depicting travel-related scenes along the road. The term ukiyo-e, literally “pictures of the floating world,” was originally a Buddhist concept that focused on one’s existence in a world of suffering from which all wished to be released. The term was coined during the Edo period (1615–1868) to describe artworks that captured the joie de vivre when lives were defined by pleasurable enjoyment of all things.

This exhibition will include four complete series depicting the Tokaido Road, noteworthy for its comparative approach to the stations along the route. The “Parallel Tokaido”, 1843-47, was designed by three of the best known 19th century Japanese woodcut artists working in the ukiyo-e tradition: Utagawa Hiroshige, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada. Rather than focusing on the passing landscape, the artists represented the road through historical and legendary stories associated with its numerous stations. The exhibition also will include two complete versions of the series that Hiroshige created himself. These are vibrantly colored masterful depictions of landscape and figural forms. Between 1959 and 1974, Sekino Jun’ichiro created a modern version of the Tokaido series that reflects global perspectives on the intersection of traditional and modern sensibilities. Additional Japanese art objects, such as textiles and paintings, will complement the prints.

By juxtaposing these varied interpretations spanning more than a century along the Tokaido Road, the exhibition will offer a more complete picture of place: an intersection of text, image, folklore, and history. These spectacular prints will address themes such as classical literary and theatrical subjects, dangerous liaisons, tales of the supernatural, samurai legends, religious pilgrimage, memorable characters from all walks of life, along with universal themes to which all travelers can relate. For a highlight slideshow click here.

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.

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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Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Stone Bridge and Lumber Barge Seen From Moxie Rd., Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, 2009, on loan from the artist.

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861, Kawasaki: Nitta Yoshiiki, Edo Kuniyoshi Period (1615 - 1867), 1845, Museum purchase, gift of friends of the Harn Museum

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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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