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View frequently changing exhibitions drawn from the Harn’s collections of more than 13,000 works of art, and loans from 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.
Florida Impressions: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers celebrates the transformative gift to the Harn Museum of Art from Samuel and Roberta Vickers who formed one of the world’s most extensive collections of Florida-themed art. The exhibition follows the inaugural exhibition of the gift, A Florida Legacy, and features more than fifty paintings representing about forty-five artists who drew inspiration from Florida’s history, landmarks and natural attractions.
Plural Domains is drawn exclusively from the collection of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros to foster cultural exchange and enrichment of the arts. The foundation’s mission is to support and advance cultural understanding and educational dialogue among Latin American artists and global audiences. Since its inception, CIFO has shaped one of the most extensive and substantial programs of contemporary Latin American art. Plural Domains features photography, drawing, video, sculpture, and large-scale multimedia installations by 21 established, mid-career, and emerging artists from 9 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Many of the artists are immersed in a range of multidisciplinary or hybrid practices in which both traditional and the most innovative methods come together, as they incorporate into their work the infinite variety of resources that constitute the repertoire of contemporary art. Plural Domains is curated by Jesús Fuenmayor, Program Director & Visiting Curator at University Galleries, School of Art + Art History, University of Florida. The University Gallery will host a corollary exhibition of works drawn from the CIFO collection.
Plants accompany every aspect of human life. Each of the 12 works featured in Plant Life was chosen because something in it provokes critical reflection on the strange entanglements of humans and plants. In these works, plants are more than props: they are—openly or cryptically—also made present to us in their own way. They show that it is possible to see our photosynthetic kin as they really exist, in this exhibition, throughout the museum, and in the world outside: as vitally, expressively, insistently with us.
Shadow to Substance creates a chronological arc from the past to the present into the future using historical photographs from the Harn and Smathers Library collections and through the lens of Black photographers working today.
This exhibition is a celebration of global interconnectedness. The Harn’s curators worked together to find shared themes and create conversation from a variety of mediums and perspectives covering Asia, Africa, Europe, and North, Central, and South America. More than 50 artworks from around the world generate new interpretations and dialogues. Resonances across cultures, temporal and spatial boundaries and artistic genres illuminate these artists’ global commonalities and accomplishments.
This exhibition is a reflection on time and its many meanings. This broad concept has been applied to the Japanese art collections at the Harn Museum as an investigative tool to look at how time has been measured in the visual record, how art objects can portray several moments in time, and how artists experience time during the production of their work. The celebration of the natural world, through life cycles and the acknowledgment of mortality and the change of the seasons, is also a recurring theme in Japanese art and celebrated within this exhibition.
The exhibition Everyday to the Extraordinary: Highlights from the Korean Collection includes objects from everyday life alongside exemplars of artistic production. Ceramics in the exhibition span nearly 2,500 years of history, from the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BCE–668 CE) to the present, while paintings date from the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) and into the 20th century.
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.
Masks from the mid-20th century to the early 21st century show the continuity of masking but also feature new directions in masquerades. Although much of the exhibition focuses on the spiritual and religious foundations of masking, it also explores masking aesthetics looking at dazzling costumes, music and dance.
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.