Calendar - Month

April 2018

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6:00 pm

Lecture: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge
Manuel Lima, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, founder of, Design Lead at Google, and a regular teacher of data visualization at Parsons School of Design
Chandler Auditorium 

As a direct embodiment of hierarchy and multiplicity, the tree diagram has lasted hundreds of years as one of the most enduring archetypes in the history of visual communication, illustrating a variety of topics such as family ties, moral values, systems of law, domains of science, biological species, hard disk drives, database schemas, and online discussions.

Tied with the publication of “The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge,” this talk will cover over 800 years of human culture through the lens of the tree figure, from its entrenched roots in religious medieval exegesis to its contemporary, secular digital themes. The talk will reveal the evolutionary history of this universal metaphor, showing us the incremental adoption of a stylized, abstract construct, as well as a recent emergence of new visual models, many employing advanced computer-generated algorithms. This lecture is presented by UF Biolink, a Creative Campus Initiative Project and the UF Biodiversity Institute. More information here

11:00 am

Tot Time: Printed Pictures
Join us the first Friday of each month at 11 AM for an engaging tour and art-making program for children ages 2 – 5 and their families. Space is limited. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time to register. 

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Art + Feminism

Join us in editing and creating new Wikipedia pages related to art and feminism and underrepresented peoples in the arts . . . no Wikipedia experience required. Bring your laptop, and you’ll find yourself empowered to edit the internet! The event is organized by the Harn and the UF School of Art and Art History, and is presented in conjunction with the world-wide 5th annual Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon. This is a stimulating, empowering and fun event.

Details and registration here.

3:00 pm
Gallery Conversation: Learning from Lawrence
Join Rebecca Nagy, Harn Director and Richard Heipp, UF Research Foundation Professor, School of Art and Art History in a discussion surrounding the art of Jacob Lawrence and of Heipp’s experiences as a student of Lawrence, whose work is now on view in History, Life, Labor: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence. This conversation on artistic influences and mentorship will extend into other galleries and beyond through visitor questions and a look at artists who impacted Lawrence as well as those artists inspired by his life and work to this day.
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Museum Nights: Africa Beyond the Mask  
Experience art from throughout Africa and the African diaspora with tours and activities in the exhibitions Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades and Poetic and Political. Learn more about UF’s research and teaching focused on Africa. Discover the work of American artist Jacob Lawrence through performances of oral histories from our region. End the night with high-energy West African dance and music presented by Agbedidi. Additional support provided by the Center for African Studies.

Join us for the opening reception of Survivors of Violence, a community installation in commemoration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Crime Victims' Rights Week. Survivors of Violence is organized by the Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center and is on display from April 6 – 29. 

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Slow Art Day 
Join us for Slow Art Day, a worldwide celebration of art that encourages us all to slow down and appreciate the experience of looking.  After spending time with selected artworks, visitors will gather together with a discussion leader to share their discoveries over tea and treats.


1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Family Day: Art Adventures
Enjoy an alphabetical exploration of art from across the world in ABC: Art by the Letter. Together, make miniature books inspired by your tour. This program is ideal for families with children ages 5 – 11, but all ages are welcome. 


3:00 pm

Theatrical Performance
From Colored to Black: The Stories of North Central Florida

Combining real-life stories and oral history from North Central Florida around themes depicted in Jacob Lawrence’s prints, such as family life, labor, migration and community, live actors will interact with audience and art in a special theatrical performance. This unique experience will enhance the exhibition by contextualizing the art and connecting it to our local history. The performance is a partnership between the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and The Actors’ Warehouse Community Theatre.


5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Film + Discussion: No Fear, Only Joy
This film portrays how artist Sandra Murphy-Pak, who is living with ALS, breaks the bounds of physical limitations to create works of art that express her inner creative universe and illustrate the cyclical nature of all things in life. Refreshments will be provided at 5:30 pm and the film will start at 6 pm. Q&A with the artist will follow. (English, 20 mins) 

Sandra holds a BFA in painting from the Atlanta College of Art and a Master's in Arts Education from the University of Florida. She is the mother of three daughters and has worked with UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine for more than a decade, creating community driven projects in the United States and in Africa, and as an artist in residence at the hospital.


3:00 pm

Gallery Talk: The Life and Image of Toussaint L'Ouverture
David Geggus, UF Professor of History, will discuss the dramatic career of Toussaint L'Ouverture, the slave who became a statesman, and some of the controversies surrounding his life and public image in relation to the series The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, 15 silkscreen prints on view in History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence.