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July 27, 2009

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Harn Museum displays new exhibition of African art beginning July 28

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Opening July 28 at the Harn Museum of Art, A Sense of Place: African Interiors features objects from homes, palaces, shrines, churches and other sacred spaces in Africa. The objects on display are all drawn from the Harn Museum’s extensive permanent collection of African Art.

“This exhibition presents an array of domestic and sacred objects in a newly designed installation that will bring to life the contexts of their production and use,” said Susan Cooksey, curator of African art. “Many of the objects on display will be seen in our galleries for the first time, and several objects are new acquisitions.”

Works on display include sculptures, paintings, ceramic vessels, textiles and architectural elements, such as doors, window frames and roof ornaments. Groups of objects are displayed to suggest particular 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.

This exhibition is ongoing and is made possible by the Harn Program Endowment.

Admission to the Harn Museum of Art is free. For more information visit or call 352-392-9826.

High-resolution images of works in the exhibition are available at:

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road 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 UF visit

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