Art, Technology & the Natural World
August 19, 2014 - July 26, 2015
The exhibition’s international scope provides the unique opportunity to view and study work by artists from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the United States who work in multi-media from painting and photography to installation and film. The exhibition highlights an installation of work by Andy Warhol and a special installation Repurposing the Wunderkammer: Building A New Space for Science and Art. Repurposing the Wunderkammer is a collaboration between the School of Art and Art History, the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art, the project that explores the notion of a contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities seeking new ways to discover common ground between art and science.
Patterns Past and Present: Arts of Panama
August 12, 2014 - June 07, 2015
This exhibition displays examples of both ancient and modern Panamanian art, including ceramics, stone and metalwork spanning the time period of 400 – 1000 CE and molas (appliquéd textiles) and garments from the Kuna of San Blas Islands (20th century). The juxtaposition of ancient and modern art forms will illustrate common visual themes as well as innovation. Objects will be drawn from the Panama Canal Museum Collection, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, and the collection of the Orlando Museum of Art and the Harn Museum collections.
Emperor’s River: China’s Grand Canal - Philipp Scholz Rittermann
July 01, 2014 - November 30, 2014
Emperor’s River consists of 25 large panoramic photographs of China’s ancient waterway, the Grand Canal, also known as the “Emperor’s River.” Its construction began in 460 BCE, and after several centuries of expansion, now stands as the world’s largest water project and surprisingly, not many Westerners know about it. Rittermann’s photographs take us deep into China’s development along the Canal, yielding dynamic images of its rapidly changing landscape and people.
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.
December 03, 2012 - December 31, 2014
Joan Miró features three large-scale bronze sculptures by the artist. One of Europe’s most important 20th century artists, Miró was known for his paintings but also for his whimsical, playful and surrealist sculptures.
Highlights from the Asian Collection
The Cofrin Asian Art Wing contains four main galleries and two focus galleries with more than 680 works showcasing the Harn Museum’s collections in Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and South and Southeast Asian art. The inaugural installation of the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing is made possible through the generosity of the AEC Trust with additional support from the Londono Family Endowment. Installations include:
Ceramics: Avenues of Exchange Ceramics from China, Japan, Central Asia, and South and Southeast Asia mark the Silk Road and Silk Maritime routes and points of new cultural contact. Ceramic wares across the regions are displayed to create a visual dialogue that highlights the inspiration each culture owed the other.
Wit and Wonder of Kogo Incense Boxes: The Sandra G. Saltzman Collection Kogo are small containers that house pieces of incense wood or blended aromatics for ceremonial use. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs and materials.
Sculptures: Religion in the Round This exhibition features sculpture from throughout Asia made from stone, ivory and wood, dating as far back as the 4th – 5th century. It examines various religious traditions side by side to demonstrate the multiple forms and functions sculptures had across Asia.
Jades: Imperial Material Chinese jades and glass works from the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing dynasties (1644 – 1911) are featured in this exhibition. Intricate carvings of landscapes and animals, as well as vessels, demonstrate the importance of jade to China’s artistic traditions and creative imaginations.
Korean Art: Collecting Treasures Paintings, ceramics, sculpture and folk materials from the first several centuries CE through the early 20th century are on display. The majority of the works were given to the University of Florida in 1988 by General James A. Van Fleet. This exhibition is generously supported by the AEC Trust, Korea Foundation, and the Korea Cultural Heritage Administration. Korean Art Online Exhibition
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.
Andy Warhol, Space Fruit: Oranges, 1978, screen print, gift from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Kuna People, Panama, Medio Balboa, n.d., on loan from Panama Canal Museum Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.
Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Stone Bridge and Lumber Barge Seen From Moxie Rd., Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, 2009, on loan from the artist.
Northern India (Rajasthan, Jaipur), Portrait of a Lady,c. 1800, Gift of George P. Bickford
Korea, Blue and White Hexagonal Bottle with Scrolling Floral Design, Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), 19th Century, Gift of General James A. Van Fleet, Ceramics: Avenues of Exchange
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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