Future Exhibitions

The Harn Museum of Art is dedicated to offering as much information as possible about our upcoming exhibitions in order to assist in planning your visit and to encourage collaboration with university and community partners. We will continue to update our future exhibition pages as plans and programs are solidified.


Kwame Akoto, "Self Portrait (Do not cry, Kwame)," 2016, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

Speechless: Text & Image in Global Culture

June 7, 2022–December 30, 2022
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Speechless is a fascinating look at how words, aesthetics and materials have supported religious, political and socio-cultural agendas for millennia. Drawn from the Harn Museum of Art’s five collecting areas, this exhibition looks at the use of words within a rich selection of matrices that cover a range of cultures and periods. From BCE to the 21st century, Speechless includes a cuneiform-inscribed cone used for political propaganda, illuminated manuscripts from Europe and Ethiopia that served as artful prayers and Chinese scrolls that join poetry with painting. More contemporary works include Cubist and Surrealist use of words for graphic or psychological effect and post-WWII street photographs that revel in words as urban design. Throughout human history, texts within art or craft have communicated reflection, persuasion and delight to viewers, shoring up or challenging ideas of power, tradition, identity and beauty.

Ken Ramsay, "Susan Taylor, as Model," ca. 1970s, Courtesy of Susan Taylor

Posing Beauty in African American Culture

January 31–May 21, 2023
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Posing Beauty explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, video, fashion and advertising. This exhibit challenges the relationship between beauty and art by examining the representation of beauty and different attitudes about aesthetics through the themes of Constructing a Pose, Body & Image and Modeling Beauty & Beauty Contests.