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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.
This exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000). Lawrence was primarily concerned with the narration of African American experiences and histories. His acute observations of community life, work, struggle and emancipation during his lifetime were rendered alongside vividly imagined chronicles of the past. The past and present in his work are intrinsically linked, providing insight into the social, economic and political; realities that continue to impact and shape contemporary society today.
This exhibition highlights the Harn’s diverse collecting areas through an alphabetical exploration of subject matter, medium and formal elements. From alligator to zig-zag, this exhibition will delight children, families and the young-at-heart.
Imbued with the elemental, Joni Sternbach’s photographs capture the vast terrains of desert and ocean through a unique interplay between image and materials. Choosing wet plate collodion, analog, digital or video technologies, Sternbach’s landscapes reference history and the contemporary sublime.
Poetic and Political explores two realms of perception often considered oppositional but more likely to work in tandem to make a rich, provocative and compelling visual impact.
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.
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.
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.
The American artists featured in this exhibition represent 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.
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.