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February 8, 2010

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Harn Museum of Art hosts Asian Adventure Family Day Feb. 13

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Visitors can experience Asia without leaving Gainesville at Asian Adventure Family Day at the Harn Museum of Art from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 13. The free event offers live dance performances, tours of Highlights from the Asian Collection and opportunities to create art inspired by Asia.

Throughout the event, Ruth Sheng will demonstrate traditional Chinese calligraphy.

At 1:15 p.m. Dr. Vinata Vedam, Bharata Natyam dancer, dance teacher and owner of the local dance studio Nrityakshetra, and her students will demonstrate a short Indian dance and teach the steps to children in the audience.

Yoshie Terada will host a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at 2 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m. Dancers from the Bhakti Kalalayam Dance Academy in Alachua will perform a short Bharata Natyam dance called thillana. The traditional dance features movements mimicking those of dancing sculptures on ancient temple walls.

Medha Ranka, junior at the International Baccalaureate Program at Eastside High School, will perform a classical Indian dance at 3:45 p.m. Ranka has been learning Bharatnatyam from Mathura Alladi of the Jatiswara School of Dance since the age of 7.

Visitors can learn about the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing in a new installation located at the future entryway to the addition. The objects on display provide an overview of the cultures, media, materials and time periods represented in the Harn’s Asian art collection of more than 1,700 works. The wing is scheduled to be completed in late 2011.

This family day is a collaboration with the Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra) at the University of Florida.

Admission is free. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

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

Media contact :
Tami Wroath, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Harn Museum of Art
352.392.9826 x116

Writer: Nicole Pick

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