This spring and summer we offer visitors to the Harn three delightful new exhibitions that showcase the riches of our own permanent collection, enhanced by a sprinkling of special loans.
In the Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery, Curator of Photography Carol McCusker has installed her first show since joining the museum in August. In “All the World’s a Frame” Carol showcases masterful works of art, some of which have not been shown at the Harn for years, others never at all. As you view these images, think about the many ways photography reflects and influences your vision and understanding of the world.
In the North Gallery of the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing Curatorial Associate Allysa Peyton has mounted “String of Pearls: Traditional Indian Painting,” an installation of exquisitely rendered miniatures. Â Let these enchanting works of art and the traditional Indian music wafting through the gallery transport you, perchance to dream of faraway lands and times.
Opening in late May in the Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall is “Much Ado about Portraits,” organized by Cofrin Curator of Asian Art Jason Steuber in collaboration with the Harn’s other curators. This show brings together both familiar and less well known paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings from all the Harn’s collecting areas and some select loans from regional collections. Each of these disparate works explores in some way the infinite variety of the human face, form and experience. Much like gazing into a mirror or people watching at a sidewalk cafe, “Much Ado about Portraits” offers something to capture the imagination of every viewer.
Visit us at the Harn often this spring and summer to discover and rediscover the museum’s treasures.
Rebecca Nagy, Director of the Harn Museum of Art
Rebecca Martin Nagy, Ph.D.
The University of Florida’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art collaborates with university and community partners to inspire, educate and enrich people’s lives through art. The museum brings the joy of experiencing great works of art to diverse university, community, national and global audiences through relevant and enlightening art collections, exhibitions and learning opportunities.
The Harn Museum of Art is a dynamic leader among public university art museums. The museum offers active engagement with the visual arts in a welcoming environment for diverse audiences. Through collaboration with University of Florida faculty and students, local partners and the international art community, the Harn provides relevant and engaging art-centered programming that reflects world cultures, human history and current events. Exemplary collections and innovative exhibitions invite dialogue about regional, national and international issues, fostering critical thinking and sparking creativity. The Harn employs new technologies that reach wider audiences and enhance their encounters with great works of art.