Panel Discussion

Artist as Researcher: Visualizing Knowledge in the Americas
Thursday, January 23, 6 pm 


  • Esther Gabara, Associate Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University
  • Jennifer Josten, Associate Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sérgio B. Martins, Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

Each speaker will each address the interconnections between aesthetic form and artistic research, as well as the modes of display and types of knowledge art produces.

The panel is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Accumulate, Classify, Preserve, Display: Works by Roberto Obregón from the Carolina and Fernando Eseverri Collection. Additional sponsors include the Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History, UF International Center, UF Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, and the Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute.


Fiber Arts Gathering

Sunday, February 2, 2 - 4 pm
Learn about fiber arts and view spinning, needlepoint, tapestry, weaving and other needle arts in action. Talk with experienced fiber artists from the Gainesville Handweavers Guild. Fiber fans are welcome to bring a portable project. Chairs provided. Questions? Contact eking@harn.ufl.edu.


Meditation Workshop

Saturday, February 8, 10:30 am – noon
This 90-minute workshop in the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing will provide instruction in three useful meditation techniques, discuss scientific research supporting the practice and review the philosophical implications of the transformation of consciousness. We will engage in forms of meditation whose roots derive from practices in India, Tibet, China and Japan. Their basic forms remain the same over the centuries, but they have been updated, understood and explained in the context of Western science, medicine and psychology. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and be available to stay for the entire workshop.  Instructor Patrick Breslin, a faculty member at Santa Fe College, has been practicing and teaching meditation for over 40 years.


Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH) Lectures

The Anxiety of Disruption: Women Artists and Creativity
Thursday, February 20, 6 pm

Reception to follow. 
Speaker: Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts
This lecture inaugurates the series “Art’s Inclusive Histories: In Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.” For Spring 2020, HESCAH commemorates the centennial by featuring gender and/or women-centered research with an eye to its intersectional, transnational and intergenerational complexity in the arts. Dean Becker launches the series with her reflections on gender and anxiety, women and creativity. 


Louise Nevelson's Palace
Thursday, March 12, 6 pm
(during Museum Nights)
Reception to follow. 
Speaker: Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at University of California, Berkeley
Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson lectures on the work of Louise Nevelson, the Ukrainian-American sculptor whose career intersected with the feminist art movement. Her talk focuses particularly on Mrs. N’s Palace (1964-77), Nevelson’s largest sculpture. Comprised of some hundred found objects, painted black, the work echoes both public monument and intimate, domestic environ.


Gendering Abolition in the Eighteenth Century or How Black Female Figures Embodied Freedom
Monday, March 23, 6 pm

Reception to follow.
Speaker: Anne Lafont, Professor, EHESS, l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris
The talk will address the issues of representation in the rare examples of black female figures during the long 18th Century. The point will be to question how, in the colonial iconography, their bodies were, or not, connected to the female personification of ideas through european art's allegorical tradition and how, in this perspective, violence was, or not, involved in the visualization of slavery and emancipation in the French revolutionary images. 


Afro-Atlantic, Neo-Romantic: Reflections on Rotimi Fani-Kayode
Thursday, April 16, 6 pm

Reception to follow.
Speaker: Kobena Mercer, Professor of History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University
Nigeria-British artist Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989) created his entire oeuvre in the six years between his 1983 return to the UK after studying in New York and his HIV-related death in London 1989. How should be best understand the timeless nature of his photographs, which are as freshly challenging today as they were over thirty years ago? Taking into account Fani-Kayode's writings and those of his life-partner, Alex Hirst, this lecture explores the different understanding of temporality in 'classical' and 'romantic' traditions as a background to weighing up which concept fits best for understanding Fani-Kayode's commitment to cross-cultural aesthetics--is it hybridity, syncretism or transculturation?