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March 17, 2009

Kimono galore, sushi and so much more during Museum Nights March 19

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —For an evening filled with Japanese culture, come to Museum Nights at the Harn Museum of Art March 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Albert and Alberta will make an appearance at the Asian-inspired festivities.

View Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan, the Harn Museum’s newest exhibition, which features kimono created during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Nearly 100 formal, semiformal and casual kimono are on display.

In conjunction with the exhibition, visitors will be able to try on authentic kimono in the Bishop Study Center at the museum. Visitors may bring their own camera to capture this unique photo opportunity.

Museum University Student Educators, MUSEs, will provide origami craft sessions throughout the evening. Visitors may try their hand at the ancient art of Japanese paper folding, whether they enjoy cranes and swans or the intricate design of the lucky box.

The evening will also feature a showing of “Memoirs of a Geisha,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. At 7:15 p.m., there will be a Hai-Klue scavenger hunt through Fashioning Kimono. Throughout the evening, visitors will be able to enjoy Asian foods such as sushi, Asian wings and egg rolls.

In addition to the focus on Japan, the evening will feature a Harn Eminent Scholar Lecture by Charles Green, associate professor of art history at the University of Melbourne. The lecture, titled “Official War Artists in Iraq & Afghanistan: Committed Irretrievably to Change: Suddenly Things Cease to Obey,” begins at 6 p.m.

Visitors will also be able to view Uncommon Glazes: American Art Pottery, 1880-1950. The exhibition commemorates the beauty, variety and innovation of artistic ceramics made in America from the late 19th to the mid- 20th centuries. With a focus on today’s ceramics and his own work, ceramist Jason Walker will speak at 7 p.m.

Museum Nights takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza during UF academic terms. Sponsored by UF Student Government, Museum Nights offers programming and entertainment planned by students, for students.

Admission is free. For more information visit, call 352-392-1665, ext. 415 or e-mail Colleen Petit, Museum Nights vice chair of public relations, at The UF Cultural Plaza is located on the corner of 34th St. and Hull Road, across from Southwest Recreation Center.

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art at SW 34th St. and Hull Rd. is one of the largest university art museums in the country with nearly 7,000 works in its collection focusing on African, Asian, modern and contemporary art and photography. The museum enhances the activities of the University of Florida and serves a culturally diverse audience through educational programming. Admission is free. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free on weekends. The Camellia Court Café is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

UF Student Government
The University of Florida Student Government, established in 1909, exists to represent and act in the interest of the students. Student Government (SG) has created an academic and extracurricular environment benefiting students through its programs and works to sustain and improve them each year. Visit or call 352-392-1665 for more information.

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