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

Walker Evans, American, 1903 – 1975, "Fish Market Near Birmingham, Alabama," Negative: 1936; print: 1971, Gelatin silver print, Museum purchase, funds provided by the David. A. Cofrin Acquisition Endowment; and the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

CENTURY

April 25 – November 3, 2019
The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

CENTURY is an artful look at life over a 100-year period by some of the 20th century’s greatest photographers. It features thirty-eight new photographs that have entered the Harn Museum photography collection in the last two years. Included are luminaries André Kertész, Laura Gilpin, Helen Levitt, Walker Evans, Eudora Welty, W. Eugene Smith, Larry Burrows, Danny Lyon, Mitch Epstein, Terry Evans, and more. Quotes from art critic, artist and activist, John Berger, act as a guide through the exhibition.

(detail) Tony Robbin, "D52," n.d., digital print, gift of Norma Canelas Roth and William D. Roth

Divergent Convergence: The Arts of Creativity, Discovery & Inquiry

March 31 – July 21, 2019
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

This exhibition, offered as a part of the University of Florida's campus-wide celebration of invention and creativity, will investigate and celebrate how various artists discover, question the past, re-interpret the present, and imagine the future. The exhibition explores the work of more than 55 artists from 18 countries. The wide range of media—from ceramics, light sculpture and film, to paintings, prints and drawings—allows for the convergence of diverse voices and ideas.

(detail) Yang Yongliang, "On the Quiet Water, Sunken Ship," Handscroll; digital print on paper, funds provided by friends of the Harn Museum of Art, photo: Randy Batista

Inside Outside: Outside Inside—A Century of East Asian Landscapes 1900s-2000s

December 18, 2018 - December 1, 2019
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, North Gallery

This exhibition will highlight the transition to modernity, and how urbanization affects and/or complements the natural world. With objects from China, Japan, and Korea, this exhibition reflects on how artists viewed their respective nations’ relationship with the natural landscape and the rise of urban centers. Themes include real and imagined landscapes, the body as landscape, cityscapes, seasons of change, and political histories centered around geography and place.

Candida Höfer, German, born 1944, "Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana Venezia III" 2003, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Art Acquisition Fund with additional funds provided by the David A. Cofrin Art Acquisition Endowment

ReMaking History: Art in Time

August 7, 2018 - August 25, 2019
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

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.

Jason Middlebrook, "Have Nots," 2006, Gift of Robert and Nancy Magoon in Honor of Sam and Bessie Proctor

Insights: Gifts from Robert and Nancy Magoon

August 7, 2018 - August 25, 2019
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

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.

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

ClayCurvyCool

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.

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.

China, "Boulder with Figures in a Landscape," Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Bequest of Dr. David A. Cofrin. Photo: Randy Batista.

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.