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February 3, 2010

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Celebrate Black History Month at the Harn Museum of Art

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —The Harn Museum of Art is joining in the celebration of Black History Month by offering Journey through Africa during Museum Nights on Feb. 11 and a gallery talk by Susan Cooksey, Harn curator of African art, Feb. 14.

“Black History Month is a time for everyone to celebrate and learn about black history and culture in Africa and the Americas,” Harn Director Rebecca Nagy said.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 11, visitors are invited to journey through Africa at Museum Nights. They will have the opportunity to participate in art-making activities with Adinkra stamps, search for works by African artists in a museum-wide scavenger hunt and listen to African folk tales by Baba Ono.

Visitors may try on African garments and jewelry, and learn the proper way to wear traditional African dress. Food will be provided by Reggae Shack.

Throughout the evening, Agbedidi, a group comprised of University of Florida students majoring in dance, music and theatre, will perform African dances accompanied by drummers. After the performance, visitors will have the opportunity to play the drums.

The University of Florida’s Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir also will perform African choral music.

Museum Nights is an ongoing program made possible by the generous support of the University of Florida Honors Program and Student Government. The Harn gratefully acknowledges the additional program funding on Feb. 11 by the Center for African Studies.

At 3 p.m. Feb. 14, Susan Cooksey, curator of African art, will lead a gallery talk focusing on A Sense of Place: African Interiors. The exhibition features objects from homes, palaces, shrines and other sacred places in Africa. 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.

For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit www.harn.ufl.edu.

Images from A Sense of Place: African Interiors are located here: http://www.harn.ufl.edu/africaninteriors.html




Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Founded in 1990, the Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The Harn contributes to an interconnected, international community by integrating the arts and culture into curricula throughout the university’s system of colleges and centers. Its holdings include nearly 7,000 works in five collecting areas: Asian art, African art, photography, modern art of the Americas and Europe, and contemporary art. In addition to rotating installations drawn from its permanent collection, the Harn organizes traveling exhibitions, public lectures, panel discussions, academic symposia and educational programs for adults, students and children. In 2011, the Harn will open the 26,000-square-foot David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, which will feature two levels of galleries, curatorial and conservation space, and a series of outdoor Asian gardens.

The Harn Museum, at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in Gainesville, Fla., is part of the University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza, which is also home to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. 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. The museum is open until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of every month for Museum Nights. 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 www.harn.ufl.edu.




Media contact :
Tami Wroath, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Harn Museum of Art
352.392.9826 x116
twroath@harn.ufl.edu


Writer: Nicole Pick

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