The Mark of Water: Florida's Springs and Swamps by Karen Glaser
February 11, 2014 - July 06, 2014
This exhibition of thirty-eight large, color photographs by landscape photographer, Karen Glaser, is made “inside” Florida’s springs and swamps, providing a unique and personal interpretation of these distinctive environments.
Getting to Know Europe: A Study in Gender Roles, He, She, Me
January 14, 2014 - May 04, 2014
This exhibition is part of a project that invites a reflection on a wide range of femininities and masculinities in contemporary Europe.
Private Dramas, Public Dreams: The Street Photographs of Helen Levitt & Friends
December 10, 2013 - June 08, 2014
This exhibition features more than forty vintage photographs by the acclaimed street photographer and filmmaker Helen Levitt. Playing in the gallery is her rarely seen documentary, In the Street, a celebrated film that is essentially her photographs ‘come to life.’ The exhibition also includes WPA graphic prints from the Harn Collection, alongside photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans and Walter Rosenblum.
Kongo across the Waters
October 22, 2013 - March 23, 2014
Kongo across the Waters will explore connections between the art and culture of the Kongo peoples of western Central Africa and African American art and culture in the United States. The exhibition will address cultural and artistic themes within Kongo culture, beginning with the ancient Kongo kingdom that encompassed parts of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Republic of the Congo and Gabon. Themes will include the arts of leadership, religion, and daily life interpreted within historical, archaeological, linguistic, musicological, anthropological and art historical contexts.
Opening in October, 2013 Kongo across the Waters will celebrate Kongo influenced cultural traditions primarily in the southeastern United States, including Florida, and will commemorate 500 years since the first African conquistador, Juan Garrido, came to the Americas. The exhibition coincides with the Viva Florida celebration of 500 years of Florida’s cultural heritage.
KONGO across the WATERS is a collaborative project by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium.
Cosmopolitan: Envisioning Global Communities
August 27, 2013 - July 27, 2014
This exhibition highlights multiple ways of fostering community through art by linking radically different expressions of contemporary art and culture in novel and intriguing ways. Artists from Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States work at the intersection of ethics and aesthetics affirming notions of individual difference and communal coexistence.
Included in the exhibition is a film titled Staging Silence (2) by Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck. Inspired by memories and using everyday objects, the artist creates mysterious and intriguing scenes that transform with the deft manipulation of human hands. The film’s fluid blend of reality and illusion is enhanced by a compelling score composed by musician Scanner.
String of Pearls: Traditional Indian Painting
March 19, 2013 - September 14, 2014
This exhibition highlights illustrated manuscript paintings from different regions of India and surrounding regions and their interrelationships to one other, like pearls upon a string. The paintings were inspired by musical and literary sources, historical events and varied religious traditions. When viewed together, they offer a glimpse into the richness of painting from India during the 17 – 19 centuries.
Pearls have been collected for thousands of years in South Asia, admired for their natural magnificence and prized for their exotic splendor. Traditional Indian painting is bursting with figures bedecked in precious gems, often including spectacular garlands of pearls and jewelry. Ornamentation was rarely worn solely for personal decoration, but often contained inherent symbolic meanings to communicate either specific ideas or messages from the wearer to the beholder.
This exhibition is organized by the Harn Museum of Art and is made possible by Ted and Hallie McFetridge with additional support from Central Florida Office Plus. String of Pearls includes objects from the Harn’s permanent collection and a selection of loans from Roy C. Craven, Jr. family collection and Norma Canelas Roth and William D. Roth. Special thanks to the affiliated faculty of CHiTra (Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions) and SPICMACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) at the University of Florida for their scholarship and support. This exhibition is dedicated to the memory and legacy of the great University of Florida scholar of Indian art Roy C. Craven, Jr.
Highlights from the Modern Collection
This exhibition presents highlights from the museum’s holdings of modern American, European and Latin American art spanning the mid-19th century through the first half of the 20th century. Featured works include still life, landscapes, city views, mural studies, portraits and figural studies by more than 40 artists such as Claude Monet, Theodore Robinson, Auguste Rodin, Milton Avery, George Bellows, Isabel Bishop, Pedro Figari, Raphael Soyer and Hale Woodruff. In addition, the exhibition includes an area in the center of the gallery that rotates about every six months. The current installation includes paintings by European modernists, René Magritte and Francis Picabia, who incorporated Surrealist themes in their work. The exhibition is made possible by the Eloise R. Chandler Program Endowment.
A Sense of Place: African Interiors
Comprised of works from the Harn Museum’s African collection, A Sense of Place features objects from homes, palaces, shrines and other sacred spaces, including sculptures, paintings, ceramic vessels, textiles and architectural elements such as doors, window frames and roof ornaments. Groupings of objects suggest particular 20th century spaces, including an Owo Yoruba ancestral shrine, a Yoruba palace, a Bamana tent dwelling, an Ethiopian church, a Somali pastoralist home, Igbo guardian deity shrines and a men’s communal house. 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. The exhibition is made possible by the Harn Program Endowment.
Karen Glaser, Edge of Orange Grove Sink, 2006, courtesy of the artist
Maria Kapajeva, Asya, 2012, On loan from Maria Kapajeva
Helen Levitt and James Agee, In the Street, December 10, 2013 – March 2, 2014, film still, Courtesy of the estate of Helen Levitt
Woyo peoples, Ritual object, nkisi, Banana, Lower Congo, DRC, late 19th century, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium
Richard Misrach, American, b. 1977, Swamp and Pipeline, Cancer Alley, Louisiana, 1998, Chromogenic development print [Fuji Crystal Archive], Museum purchase, gift of Dr. and Mrs. David A. Cofrin
Northern India (Rajasthan, Jaipur), Portrait of a Lady,c. 1800, Gift of George P. Bickford
Claude Monet Champ d'avoine (Oat Field) French, 1840 - 1926 1890, Oil on canvas, Gift of Michael A. Singer, Modern Collection
Ethiopian Battle of King Takla Haymant of Gojjam against the Dervishes, c. 1896-1910, museum purchase, gift of Michael A. Singer, A Sense of Place
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