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September 15, 2009

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Highlights from the Photography Collection: Portfolios opens Sept. 15 at the Harn Museum of Art

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The publication of a portfolio of original photographs, usually a group of four to 20 prints, has long been a way to present a unified group of images. Opening Sept. 15 at the Harn Museum of Art, Highlights from the Photography Collection: Portfolios features selections from more than a dozen portfolios in the Harn’s photography collection and examines the many reasons artists and collectors are attracted to this format.

“Each portfolio in the exhibition can be seen as a small exhibition in its own right, but brought together as a group, the works suggest the rich diversity of the last quarter century of photography,” said Tom Southall, curator of photography.

The organizational concepts of the portfolios featured include monographic portfolios by individual artists such as Jerry Uelsmann and Ken Josephson. These portfolios provide special insights into the artist’s bodies of work when seen together rather than as isolated examples.

Additionally the exhibition features concentrated thematic groupings such as Eliot Porter’s China portfolio or Mark Klett’s Amid Generations series, photographed in the environs of Tallahassee.

Portfolios of artists who have been brought together because of their shared support of a specific social cause or political issue are especially interesting examples of the merger of artistic expression with charity, politics and the art market. Of special note is the Harn’s new acquisition By and About Women. Ten contributing female artists made images about women, and some images feature women at the Lotus House, a shelter for women in Miami.

To learn more about the works on display, visitors may attend a docent-led spotlight tour of the exhibition at 2 p.m. Sept. 20.

The exhibition is made possible by the Sidney Knight Endowment and will be on display until Feb. 28, 2010.

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

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The museum’s permanent collection holds nearly 7,000 works, including African, Asian, modern and contemporary art and photography. The museum enhances the university’s activities and serves a culturally diverse audience through the exhibition of works of art and 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. The Harn Museum of Art is located at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road at the UF Cultural Plaza. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

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