Current Exhibitions

View frequently changing exhibitions drawn from the Harn’s collections of more than 10,000 works of art, and loans from both private lenders, artists, and other art museums. Works on display in eleven galleries include paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, video, beadwork, textiles and more. The Harn’s collection galleries focus on African, Asian, modern and contemporary art, and photography.

On View

Blank Space: A Gallery of Activity and Imagination

June 27 - August 27, 2017
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

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.

Larry Schwarm, "Burning sugar cane, Bayou Tesch, Louisiana," Neg: 2004, Print: 2016, Archival inkjet print, Museum purchase with funds provided by The Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

The Same But Different

May 2 - October 22, 2017
Rubin Gallery

The Same But Different celebrates the Harn’s growing photography collection. It highlights more than 90 photographs by 50 photographers arranged in 13 themes. The images in each theme share a visual or conceptual component that is then interpreted through each photographer’s unique sensibility. 

Indian (Kerala), "Venugopala with Attendants and Gopis16th century," Bronze, Gift of George P. Bickford

Show Me the Mini

March 21, 2017 - November 25, 2018
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, North Gallery

The art of miniatures takes many forms and exists across time and cultures. Issues of size, scale, modeling, ownership, production and historical and contemporary functions of miniatures will be examined.

(detail) Jamini Roy, "Saint Francis," c. 1940, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Needham

Conserving Treasures: Jamini Roy and Modern Indian Art

March 21, 2017 - March 11, 2018
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, South Niche

The Harn Museum’s collection of works by Jamini Roy ranks among the largest public collections of distinguished holdings by the artist outside of India. Inspired by Indian village artisans, Roy often used pigments made from organic matter, including rock-dust, tamarind seeds, and mercury powder, to paint his canvases.

Hakuko Ono, "Yurikinsai tsubo (Vase with underglaze gold decoration)," ca. 1990, Loan from the collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz

ClayCurvyCool

December 8, 2016 – ongoing
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, Axline Gallery

Contemporary Japanese ceramic artists make objects that challenge traditional definitions of clay, in both technique and aesthetic expression. The works on display demonstrate a wide variety of transformations, innovations and reinterpretations of traditional wares. While some artists defy notions of inside versus outside, others conceptualize new definitions of form through materials, processes, surface treatments and firing methods.

Alessandra Sanguinetti, "Belinda, Chick and Clock," 2000, Chromogenic development print, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

Intra-Action: Women Artists from the Harn Collection

September 20, 2016 – July 16, 2017
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

Intra-Action celebrates 36 international women artists working from the mid-20th century to the present, including the groundbreaking, radical collective called The Guerrilla Girls. More than 70 works challenge patriarchal domination, notions of gender, identity and the art world itself.

Joel Shapiro, "Untitled," sculpture, gift of Carol and Stephen Shey

American Abstraction

Ongoing
S.F.I. Rotunda in honor of Haskel Hess

The American artists featured in this exhibition represent a fine examples from a large and diverse body of the movements that have defined abstraction since 1945. Artists in these decades grappled with the making of meaning through artistic expression, the science of illusion, the power of color and shape, and the experimental possibilities of form and gesture.

Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades

Ongoing
James G. and Caroline Julier Richardson Gallery

Masks from the mid-20th century to the early 21st century show the continuity of masking but also feature new directions in masquerades, such as the fancy dress masks of Ghana.

Yelimane Fall, Jawartu, Verse, 2002, Acrylic on canvas, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

Shore Lines: Art across the Sahel

Through June 2017
Langley Foyer

Sahel, meaning “shore” in Arabic, refers to the region bordering the Sahara Desert. Art in the Sahel reflects assimilation of diverse cultural and visual ideas that have enriched this region for centuries. Shore Lines: Art Across the Sahel presents historical and contemporary works from the Harn’s collection made by artists who live in the Western Sahel, including the nations Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad. 

 

(Detail) Alfredo Ramos Martínez, "Reina Xóchitl (Xóchitl Queen)," Gouache on newsprint, n.d., Gift of friends of the Harn Museum of Art

Spotlight: Latin America

November 8, 2016 – November 12, 2017
Julia C. and Budd H. Bishop Gallery

Spotlight: Latin America will celebrate the contributions of 37 artists from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. The works—roughly 50 in all—will be drawn mostly from the Harn’s collections with additional loans from private Gainesville collectors. The exhibition includes Spanish translations of the gallery interpretation.

(detail) Tibet, "Vajravarahi," 13th century, museum purchase, gift of Michael and Donna Singer

Highlights from the Asian Collection

Ongoing
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing

The Cofrin Asian Art Wing contains four main galleries with more than 680 works showcasing the Harn's collections of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and South and Southeast Asian Art.

(detail) George Wesley Bellows, "Jim Twadell's Place," 1924, gift of William H. and Eloise R. Chandler

Highlights from the Modern Collection

Ongoing
S.F.I. Gallery in honor of Chauncey Stillman

This exhibition presents highlights from the museum’s holdings of American, European and Latin American art spanning the mid-19th century through the first half of the 20th century.