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Slow Art Day
Join us for Slow Art Day, a worldwide celebration of art that encourages us all to slow down and appreciate the experience of looking. After spending time with the art, visitors will get together with a discussion leader to share their discoveries over tea and treats.
Relics and Reliquaries: A Matter of Life and Death
Dr. Cynthia Hahn, Professor of Art History, Hunter College, CUNY
A not unusual modern response to reliquaries is disgust--after all they often contain bones. To understand their presence, even their glorification, it must be admitted that the bones are not the ordinary subject of horror, rather as the bones of the blessed, “dem bones gonna rise again”! In a Christian understanding, they will be instrumental in linking heaven and earth. Relics (with the help of their reliquaries) lead away from death and horror through intercession and access to salvation. Indeed, only in a later, almost modern development did the bones--and the “economy” of death―become subjects of fascination in themselves. This is a Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History Lecture. A Reception will follow the lecture.
UNESCO-TST – Remembering Slavery Slave Trade
Join us for a program in remembrance of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. The event will feature African dance, poetry, a cultural history of Alachua County and a talk by Susan Cooksey, Harn Curator of African Art. Organized by Sherry DuPree, Director of the United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization - Transatlantic Slave Trade (UNESCO-TST) Florida. Sponsored by UNESCO –TST.
The Art of Smallness: Looking at Asian Miniatures
Allysa B. Peyton, Assistant Curator of Asian Art
Monumental works of art often overshadow small ones on display in museums. Yet, what makes a mini so exciting? Explore how issues of size, scale, modeling, ownership, production, and historical and contemporary functions of miniatures shaped the exhibition, Show Me the Mini.
Latin American Art: Collectors Reflect
Efraín Barradas, UF Professor, Center for Latin American Studies and Hector Puig, collector and proprietor of Hector Framing & Gallery, share their experiences with collecting works now on loan to the museum and on view in Spotlight: Latin America. Their loans include prints, paintings, a drawing and a santo by artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico.