Blank Space: A Gallery of Activity and Imagination

June 27 - August 27, 2017

Blank Space invites you to create, respond and play in the museum. In this gallery, you will find interactive installations; scheduled opportunities for yoga, storytelling and dance performances; and art by students. Experiment with light, shadow, physics, pattern, color and photography. Varied programs and visitor participation will continuously reinvent the gallery. Scheduled programs are listed below. Share your visit online and use #HarnBlankSpace.

 

Scheduled Programs

Vinyasa Yoga

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:45 – 4:45 pm
June 27, 28; (no class July 4) July 5; July 11, 12; July 18, 19; July 25, 26; August 1, 2

Vinyasa yoga translates to “Breath synchronized movement.” Be prepared to get in tune with your breath and follow it through standing, flowing, seated and balancing postures. Please bring your own mat and check in all personal items at the security desk. A water station will be provided. UF Students register in advance at www.recsports.ufl.edu/classes/. This class is also open to the public, no registration required. Late arrivals will not be allowed to participate. Contact eking@harn.ufl.edu with questions.

Meditation Workshop

Saturday, July 15, 11 am – 12:30 pm

This 90-minute workshop will review the main forms of meditation practiced in the United States, discuss some of the scientific research supporting the practice, review the philosophical implications of the transformation of consciousness that it brings about, and provide instruction in three useful meditation techniques. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and be available to stay for the entire workshop.  

Physical benefits of meditation include muscle relaxation, lowered blood pressure, and increased circulation. Mental benefits include calmness, enhanced awareness, and greater mental focus. Research at the University of Wisconsin suggests that meditation "rewires" the brain to throw off stress and produce happiness.

The instructor, Patrick Breslin, a full-time faculty member at Santa Fe College, has been practicing and teaching meditation for over 40 years.

Y-Not Theatre presents Plays at the Harn

A Walk in the Ocean
Open rehearsals: Saturday, August 5, 11 am and 3 pm, Sunday, August 6, 3 pm
Performance: Thursday, August 10, during Museum Nights

This 15-minute play by Mark Harvey Levine takes you out to sea as a couple dives into their relationship. Visitors are welcome to view the open rehearsals. Seating will be provided.

Everything You Need
Saturday, August 26, 3 pm 

This 90-minute play by Gainesville-based playwright Sarah Bewley explores free will and fate in a small shop where you can find everything you need. This play includes some profanities.

Dance Performances

Dust to Dust
Saturday, July 22, 3 pm

This group piece, choreographed by Haley Simmons, UF Center for World Arts / Harn Choreographer-in-Residence, juxtaposes the ephemeral nature of life and the tangible permanence of visual art. Movements convey the impactful moments in life and the indistinguishable in-betweens, emphasizing the significance of both. Discussion to follow.

Drauma: Exploring Trauma through Dance 
Thursday, August 10, 6:30 and 7:30 pm during Museum Nights

Alexandria Davis, BFA, will perform an original work focused on the traumas of resilience. Through a fusion of dance aesthetics, including modern, ballet, hip-hop and African dance, she will explore the impact of poverty, classicism, racism, domestic violence and abuse on individuals’ lives. Discussion to follow.

Fiber Arts Gathering

Sunday, July 23, 3 – 5 pm 

Learn about fiber arts and view spinning, needlepoint, tapestry, weaving and other needle arts in action. Talk with experienced fiber artists from the Gainesville Handweavers Guild. Fiber fans are welcome to bring a portable project. Chairs provided.

Tell Your Story at the Harn

Self Narrate, a community organization empowering people by helping them craft and share their personal stories, will offer two exciting programs this summer. Visit selfnarrate.com or harn.ufl.edu/blankspace for more details.

Storytelling Meet-up: Movement
Thursday, July 13, 7:30 – 8:30 pm during Museum Nights

This group piece, choreographed by Haley Simmons, UF Center for World Arts / Harn Choreographer-in-Residence, juxtaposes the ephemeral nature of life and the tangible permanence of visual art. Movements convey the impactful moments in life and the indistinguishable in-betweens, emphasizing the significance of both. Discussion to follow.

Owning Your Story: Personal Story Development Public Workshop
Sunday, July 30, 2 – 4 pm

Storytelling is a powerful tool for developing self-efficacy, building relationships, and gaining perspective. Participate in a free, 2-hour in-depth story development workshop led by Self Narrate, a community organization empowering people by helping them craft and share their personal stories. Outcomes include the development of a specific story and skills in story creation and sharing. Participants will receive a template to use moving forward. To reserve a spot, email register@harn.ufl.edu with Subject Line: Self Narrate. For more details on our partner, visit www.selfnarrate.com.