Curator Talks

African Women Artists

Sunday, February 11, 3 p.m. 
Join Susan Cooksey, Curator of African Art, for a look at the Sande society performances of Sierra Leone and Liberia, one of the most historically significant and dynamic women’s masquerades on the continent. Then, learn about the museum’s recent acquisitions of stunning works by contemporary artists Zohra Opoku, Kate Badoe and Zanele Muholi, whose photography, printmaking and drawing explore personal and collective histories and identities. 


History, Labor, Life:
Jacob Lawrence’s Visual Narratives

Saturday, February 24, 3 pm 
Following our Community Kick-Off: The Art of Jacob Lawrence, join Susan Cooksey, Curator of African Art on a tour focused on Lawrence’s visual narratives of African-American history and life. Together, explore Lawrence’s major themes of Emancipation, the Great Migration and the Civil Rights Movement.


Explore Korea

Sunday, February 25, 3 pm 
Discover paintings, ceramics, sculpture and folk materials from the first several centuries CE through the early 20th century in the exhibition Korean Art: Collecting Treasures. In particular, hear from Jason Steuber, Cofrin Curator of Asian Art about research and conservation of the 17th century Bodhisattva, the focus of a recent article in Explore Magazine, Rekindling Korean Connections: Art and Science Converge in the Harn Museum’s Asian Wing.  


All lectures are held in Chandler Auditorium

Harn Eminent Scholar
Chair in Art History Lectures

Established by a gift from Dr. David A. and Mary Ann Cofrin, this lecture series presents talks by outstanding art historians, critics, curators and museum professionals. Receptions to follow.

The (Late) Emergence of the Cross as a Christian Symbol
Thursday, January 18, 6 pm
Robin Jensen, Patrick O'Brien Professor of Theology
University of Notre Dame
Contrary to its predominance in Christian art generally, the symbol of the cross and depictions of Christ's crucifixion are not widely represented before the sixth century and, even then, they tend to suggest triumph and glory rather than suffering and sacrifice. This lecture will explore some of the possible reasons for the late emergence of the cross and crucifix, consider the earliest examples, and offer a hypothesis about why these figures finally appear (whey they do) in the canon of Christian iconography. 


Atomic Art around a Hot Bikini Cloud
Thursday, February 15, 6 pm
Serge Guilbaut, Professor Emeritus of Art History
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
This lecture investigates a moment of history around 1946 when an atomic bomb explosion on the Bikini atoll shook and transformed world-wide politics and artistic representation leading up to the Cold War. Art works by Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ralston Crawford and Philip Evergood crystallized the hopes and fears of an era. The lecture also turns to a new generation of artists who desperately addressed the Atomic issue while others drank those popular Atomic cocktails.


Lecture & Book Signing:
Surfing into Spirituality
and Environmental Action 

Sunday, January 21, 3 pm 
Bron Taylor, UF Professor of Religion, Nature, and Environmental Ethics and a Carson Fellow of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, will address how moving water, and human bodies moving through water, can evoke religious perception and felt ethical obligations toward ecological systems. Beginning with a history of the practice and tracing the increasing construction since Earth Day of the sport as a religious practice, Taylor will explore surfing as a form of nature-spirituality. Taylor’s Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future (University of California Press, 2010); Avatar and Nature Spirituality (Waterloo, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013) and Civil Society in the Age of Monitory Democracy (Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, March 2013) will be for sale in the museum store. 


The Beach as Contested Space

Sunday, February 4, 3 pm
Tom Ankersen, UF Law Professor and Director the College of Law’s Conservation Clinic will address the past, present and future of Florida’s beaches in an era of rising seas. For most of the 20th Century, Floridian’s took the State’s beaches for granted, a limitless resource of sand, sea and surf. Then the peninsula populated, the seas rose, the sand shrank and surfers suffer.  Ankersen will describe the political, policy and legal reasons that future generations may never know a naturally sandy beach.           


Artist Talk

Across the Great Divide:
Surfers, Cyanide and Landscape

Sunday, February 18, 3 pm
Chandler Auditorium
Artist Joni Sternbach will discuss her creative process and the works on view in the exhibition. She uses both large format film and early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and environmental portraits. Her work centers on our relationship with water, contrasting the desert in the American West to iconic surf beaches around the world.