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

Yoruba artist, Nigeria, "Staffs for Ogboni Society (edan Ogboni)," 18th-19th century, Collection of Drs. John and Nicole Dintenfass, photograph by Vincent Girier Dufournier

Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa

March 17, 2020 – September 27, 2020
S.F.I. Rotunda in honor of Haskel Hess + Dorothy and E. Robert Langley Foyer

This exhibition will explore the roles of metal objects in sustaining, unifying and enhancing life in African communities, while demonstrating the aesthetic and expressive power of metal arts. Peace, Power and Prestige will include a diverse range of iron, brass, bronze, gold, copper, silver, and alloyed works created by artists in West, Central, South and East Africa, between the 9th and 21st centuries.

"Gilt Wood Bodhisattva," 18th century, museum purchase, funds provided by friends of the Harn Museum and the Robert H. and Kathleen M. Axline Acquisition Endowment, photograph by Randy Batista

Tempus Fugit:: 光陰矢の如し:: Time Flies

December 21, 2019 – December 12, 2021
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing

This exhibition is a reflection on time and its many meanings. This broad concept has been applied to the Japanese art collections at the Harn Museum as an investigative tool to look at how time has been measured in the visual record, how art objects can portray several moments in time, and how artists experience time during the production of their work. The celebration of the natural world, through life cycles and the acknowledgment of mortality and the change of the seasons, is also a recurring theme in Japanese art and celebrated within this exhibition.

André Kertész, "Untitled, Paris (bistro in Les Halles)," 1927, gelatin silver print, gift of Lori and Kenneth Polin Family, © Estate of André Kertész 2019, courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto

André Kertész: Seven Decades

November 26, 2019 – November 1, 2020
The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

André Kertész (1894-1985) led the Modernist movement in photography, and determined photography’s experimental joie de vivre for the 20th century. The 52 photographs in this exhibition cover seven decades of Kertész’s prolific career, beginning in 1915 and concluding in 1984. Some are well known, others are examples of his experimentation with form and light. The photographs were a gift to the Harn Museum in 2018 through the generosity of three private collectors.

Lee Joongkeun, "Same Ages," 2003, museum purchase, funds provided by The David A. Cofrin Fund for Asian Art

Global Perspectives: Highlights from the Contemporary Collection

October 12, 2019 – September 9, 2021
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

This exhibition is a celebration of global interconnectedness. The Harn’s curators worked together to find shared themes and create conversation from a variety of mediums and perspectives covering Asia, Africa, Europe, and North, Central, and South America. More than 50 artworks from around the world, generate new interpretations and dialogues. Resonances across cultures, temporal and spatial boundaries, and artistic genres illuminate these artists’ global commonalities and accomplishments.

Alan Cohen, "Robert Morris 131-1," 1989

ART + MATH: Seeing Mathematics in the Museum

August 20, 2019 – April 5, 2020
Harn Grandchildren Foyer

Mathematicians routinely use words like “elegant” or “beautiful” to describe results in the discipline, which likely comes as a surprise to those outside the field. Indeed, these terms are right at home in the arts, where we all have an understanding of what they mean in that context. The common perception of mathematics is that it is a cold and static subject, devoid of creativity. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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.

Igbo people, Nigeria, “Mask (Okoroshi Oma),” 20th century, Gift of Rod McGalliard

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. Although much of the exhibition focuses on the spiritual and religious foundations of masking, it also explores masking aesthetics looking at dazzling costumes, music and dance.

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.