Curator Talk

Inside Outside: Outside Inside—A Century of East Asian Landscapes 1900s–2000s
Saturday, January 26, 3 pm

Inside Outside highlights how East Asian landscape traditions remain vibrant in our contemporary world. Artists from China, Japan, and Korea, in dialogue with earlier conventions, often simultaneously echo and contradict artistic traditions. Jason Steuber, Cofrin Curator of Asian Art, will discuss how artists use formats that clearly are rooted in tradition but reflect the rapid transformation of urban and natural environments.

Special Event

WITH PRIDE: Uplifting Black Artists and Activists
Sunday, February 10, 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of visual art and performances that highlight the creative and cultural activities of student artists and activists. Presented in partnership with the Lambda Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, UF QTPOC Collective, and the UF Black History Month Committee. Together we will delve into the history and celebrate the present of Black LGBTQ+ Art and Activism.

Gallery Talk

Interior Landscapes: Art and Poetry Inspired by the Natural World
Sunday, February 17, 3 pm

The Inside Outside exhibition highlights how East Asian landscape traditions remain vibrant in our contemporary world. Allysa B. Peyton, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, will discuss how artists are inspired by and incorporate literary traditions into their work. Harn Writers -in-Residence Debora Greger and Danny Duffy will read new work inspired by the objects on view that continues this conversation.


The Art and Science of Adaptive Land Use Planning and Conservation
Sunday, February 3, 3 pm

As Florida grows to approximately 33.7 million residents by 2070–almost 15 million more people than in 2010–one of the biggest challenges is to ensure that sufficient land and water exist to meet the needs of people, agriculture and the environment in the coming decades. At the same time, sea level rise will impact densely developed coastal areas of the state, potentially forcing residents to relocate inland and creating conflicts between conservation, agricultural, and developed land uses. Michael Ives Volk, Associate Director, UF Center for Landscape Conservation Planning will address Florida’s future, with a focus on climate change impacts on developed areas, biodiversity, and an integrated approach to land use planning that may help address future growth and changes as they occur. This lecture is presented as part of the exhibition The World to Come.


The Relevance of Baldwin, the Post-Civil Rights Movement and Not-So Post-Racial Imaginary through Critical Race Theory
Sunday, February 10, 3 pm

Mark A. Reid, UF Professor of English, Affiliate in the Center for European Studies, the African American Studies Program, and the Center for African Studies
Baldwin’s works reveal the ‘not-so post-racial imaginary’ of whiteness that lacks any knowledge of blackness. He cautions that forms of racial and psychological violence will persist if white America does not relinquish its racialist assumptions in their daily sociopsychological and economic actions. He also argued for a fluid not-static concept of sexual identity, which I argue, reveals Baldwin’s uncompromising attitude toward the every-day banalities of the world that surrounded him and others. This talk covers the moral and ethical relevancy of Baldwin to our contemporary national and international times and is presented as part of the programming for I, Too, Am America.


Humor and Violence: Seeing Europeans in Central African Art
Thursday, February 21, 6 pm

Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History Lecture
Zoë Strother, Riggio Professor of African Art, Columbia University
There is a long history of Central Africans depicting Europeans and Americans. Vili ivory sculptors made some of the only surviving portrayals by Africans of the worldwide slave trade. Yaka and Nkanu caricatured Europeans during boys’ initiations in order to provide models of how not to be a man. During the colonial period, Europeans appeared on a wide variety of media, including free-standing sculptures, engraved gourds, house murals, sculpted chairs. It is a paradox that some of the most light-hearted images of Europeans were produced during the periods of the worse violence, often in the form of diplomatic gifts. The talk ends with reflections by artists on the role of humor in making visible the mechanics and ethics of power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the global economy.


Community Dialogue

And Justice For All
Sunday, February 24, 3 pm

You are invited to participate in a conversation on the long human struggle for freedom, civility, inclusion, and justice. This dialogue–inspired by the exhibition I, Too, Am America: Civil Rights Photographs by Steve Schapiro and facilitated by Diedre Houchen of the UF Law Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) – will provide an opportunity for our community to ground ourselves in the history of the movement for civil rights, share personal experience, and connect with others.