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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.
In uncanny ways, the past intrudes on our present, creating a sense of déjà vu. Familiar scenarios and challenges from the past—race, gender, equality and struggles with the notion of empire—emerge anew in our own moment, only the actors are different. History gives us the opportunity to understand the present through the past. Twenty-three artists in the exhibition consider how the past is constructed as history, focusing not just on what happened, but how we perceive it. Connecting the past with their future and our present, they make and remake history.
This exhibition celebrates contributions to the Harn Museum collection from Dr. Robert (Bob) and Nancy Magoon and honors the legacy of Bob Magoon, who passed away in January 2018. Their commitment to collecting art by young artists enabled them to curate a collection of works by many of today’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. With this exhibition, we recognize Bob and Nancy Magoon’s passion for contemporary art and their love for and generosity to the Harn and the University of Florida.
November 11, 2018, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI. The Great Catastrophe looks at the “art of war” through dynamic vintage WWI posters & fine art prints from 7 countries, as well as objects carried or exchanged during the war.
Portraits of Faces|Places from the Harn Photography Collection celebrates the museum’s growing collection. It highlights 55 photographs, many seen here for the first time. The images describe the look and feel of places, and the self-possession and specificity of bodies and faces from around the world—from Mexico’s markets, to a portrait studio in Mississippi, to Coney Island’s beaches. Each coaxes us to notice more than what is visible.
Providing a glimpse of the wide diversity of genres, media and inspirations of Haitian art from the 1970s to the first decade of the 21st century, this exhibition inlcudes works which, through images of everyday life and historical scenes, reveal the resilient creative force of artists who were subjected to social, political and climactic turmoil.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.