Past Exhibitions



Dawoud Bey, "Gianna/Rocheline, First-Year Florida Project," 2010, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Melvin and Lorna Rubin Fund

COPIA II: Bringing to Light Photographs from the Permanent Collection

March 22, 2022–October 30, 2022
The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

COPIA II celebrates new photographs that have entered the Harn Museum of Art’s collection in the last six years, with a few other photographs rarely or never shown before. Copia was the Roman Goddess of Abundance, often portrayed holding a cornucopia; the Latin word copia implies “wealth, variety, fertility,” as well as “a prized, expansive language found in the ancient rhetoricians.” It makes a fitting title for an exhibition featuring photography, a persuasive visual language; and it illustrates the museum’s photography collection which has grown in abundance and variety through the copious generosity of Harn supporters.

Marcius Galan, "3 Secciones (3 Sections)," 2011, Instalación con materiales diversos (Mix media installation), Photo by Coco Laso, courtesy of the Cuenca Biennial and University Galleries, University of Florida

Plural Domains: Selected Works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection

September 9, 2021–April 24, 2022
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall, SFI Rotunda, Bob and Nancy Magoon Garden

Plural Domains was 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. Plural Domains featured 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.

Ayana V. Jackson, "Moments of Sweet Reprieve," 2016, from the series "Intimate Justice in the Stolen Moment," archival pigment print, Courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim

Shadow to Substance: Black Histories Past, Present, Future

July 27, 2021–February 27, 2022
The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

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.

Kenneth A. Kerslake, "Tree Dreams," c. 1975, Gift of Sarah A. and Kenneth A. Kerslake

Plant Life: Exploring Vegetal Worlds in the Harn Museum Collection

August 3, 2021–February 20, 2022
Langley Foyer

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.

Thomas Moran, "Fort George Island," 1880, The Florida Art Collection, Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers, Photography by Randy Batista

A Florida Legacy: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers

February 26–August 1, 2021
The Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

A Florida Legacy: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers is the inaugural exhibition celebrating 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. A Florida Legacy features nearly 170 paintings, watercolors and drawings representing 125 artists who drew inspiration from Florida’s history, landmarks and natural attractions. 

Terry Evans, "Terraced Plowing, Saline County, Kansas, 1990," from the series "Canada to Texas," 1990, gift of Terry Evans and Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

Terry Evans: Stories of the American Prairies

November 27, 2020 - July 4, 2021
The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

This exhibition features thirty-three photographs by acclaimed Chicago-based photographer, Terry Evans. It is a love letter to America’s Heartland that documents the ecological transformations of the mid-west from Texas to Canada. Evans’s micro-to-macro perspective examines the land through close-up and zoomed-out perspectives, taken on the ground and from the air (the latter not by drone). Her art comes out of a knowledge of the history of landscape photography, art history, the history of her region and America’s industrial development. Her vision is informed and distinctly humanist, at once grassroots and universal. 

Carrie Mae Weems, "Untitled (Lotus House Women's Shelter)," 2008, museum Purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

Breaking the Frame: Women Artists in the Harn Collections

September 24, 2020 - May 9, 2021
Julia C. and Budd H. Bishop Gallery

Breaking the Frame marks the Harn’s 30th anniversary through an installation that celebrates the growth of its collection of work by important women artists, aligning itself with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. That victory didn’t secure voting rights for all, so the battle continues until all women are heard and counted. The exhibition reflects the museum’s robust effort since 2012 to enhance its representation of women artists’ works and includes a number of recent acquisitions. 

Maggie Taylor, "And what Alice found there," 2017, courtesy of the artist

Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking-Glass

April 5, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Maggie Taylor has garnered widespread attention for her breakthrough use of technology in her art. Taylor's contemporary photographs make aesthetically innovative use of 19th-century photography (daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes), as well as scanned images of insects, dolls, period etchings, and the flora and fauna of the Victorian era to create 62 new photographs inspired by Lewis Carroll's novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.

Yoruba artist, Nigeria, "Staffs for Ogboni Society (edan Ogboni)," 18th-19th century, Collection of Drs. John and Nicole Dintenfass, photograph by Vincent Girier Dufournier

Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa

March 17, 2020 – November 29, 2020
S.F.I. Rotunda in honor of Haskel Hess + Dorothy and E. Robert Langley Foyer

This exhibition will explore the roles of metal objects in sustaining, unifying and enhancing life in African communities, while demonstrating the aesthetic and expressive power of metal arts. Peace, Power and Prestige will include a diverse range of iron, brass, bronze, gold, copper, silver, and alloyed works created by artists in West, Central, South and East Africa, between the 9th and 21st centuries.

André Kertész, "Untitled, Paris (bistro in Les Halles)," 1927, gelatin silver print, gift of Lori and Kenneth Polin Family, © Estate of André Kertész 2019, courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto

André Kertész: Seven Decades

November 26, 2019 – November 1, 2020
The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

André Kertész (1894-1985) led the Modernist movement in photography, and determined photography’s experimental joie de vivre for the 20th century. The 52 photographs in this exhibition cover seven decades of Kertész’s prolific career, beginning in 1915 and concluding in 1984. Some are well known, others are examples of his experimentation with form and light. The photographs were a gift to the Harn Museum in 2018 through the generosity of three private collectors.

Alan Cohen, "Robert Morris 131-1," 1989

ART + MATH: Seeing Mathematics in the Museum

August 20, 2019 – May 31, 2020
Harn Grandchildren Foyer

Mathematicians routinely use words like “elegant” or “beautiful” to describe results in the discipline, which likely comes as a surprise to those outside the field. Indeed, these terms are right at home in the arts, where we all have an understanding of what they mean in that context. The common perception of mathematics is that it is a cold and static subject, devoid of creativity. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Roberto Obregón, (detail) "Pe-Eme," from the series "Masada," 2002, silkscreen, ink on plexiglass, diptych, © Archivo Roberto Obregón

Accumulate, Classify, Preserve, Display: Works by Roberto Obregón from the Carolina and Fernando Eseverri Collection

November 5, 2019 - February 16, 2020
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

This exhibition features the innovative work of the late Venezuelan artist Roberto Obregón (1946–2003) who was a key figure of global conceptualism. The works on view document his physical, bodily decay over time through the dissection of roses.

Lynn Tomaszewski, "Same as it ever was," 2019

53rd SA+AH Studio Faculty Art Exhibition

August 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall and S.F.I. Rotunda in honor of Haskel Hess

For the past 50+ years, the studio faculty from the UF School of Art & Art History have shown their work together in an annual collective exhibition that allows them to share their art practice with students, colleagues and the community. The 53rd SA+AH Studio Faculty Art Exhibition includes recent work—some on view for the first time—by about twenty-five faculty artists. Works represent a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed-media and video.

(detail) Yang Yongliang, "On the Quiet Water, Sunken Ship," Handscroll; digital print on paper, funds provided by friends of the Harn Museum of Art, photo: Randy Batista

Inside Outside: Outside Inside—A Century of East Asian Landscapes 1900s-2000s

December 18, 2018 - December 1, 2019
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, North Gallery

This exhibition will highlight the transition to modernity, and how urbanization affects and/or complements the natural world. With objects from China, Japan, and Korea, this exhibition reflects on how artists viewed their respective nations’ relationship with the natural landscape and the rise of urban centers. Themes include real and imagined landscapes, the body as landscape, cityscapes, seasons of change, and political histories centered around geography and place.

Walker Evans, American, 1903 – 1975, "Fish Market Near Birmingham, Alabama," Negative: 1936; print: 1971, Gelatin silver print, Museum purchase, funds provided by the David. A. Cofrin Acquisition Endowment; and the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund


April 25 – November 3, 2019
The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

CENTURY is an artful look at life over a 100-year period by some of the 20th century’s greatest photographers. It features thirty-eight new photographs that have entered the Harn Museum photography collection in the last two years. Included are luminaries André Kertész, Laura Gilpin, Helen Levitt, Walker Evans, Eudora Welty, W. Eugene Smith, Larry Burrows, Danny Lyon, Mitch Epstein, Terry Evans, and more. Quotes from art critic, artist and activist, John Berger, act as a guide through the exhibition.

Candida Höfer, German, born 1944, "Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana Venezia III" 2003, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Art Acquisition Fund with additional funds provided by the David A. Cofrin Art Acquisition Endowment

ReMaking History: Art in Time

August 7, 2018 - August 25, 2019
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

In uncanny ways, the past intrudes on our present, creating a sense of déjà vu. Familiar scenarios and challenges from the past—race, gender, equality and struggles with the notion of empire—emerge anew in our own moment, only the actors are different. History gives us the opportunity to understand the present through the past. Twenty-three artists in the exhibition consider how the past is constructed as history, focusing not just on what happened, but how we perceive it. Connecting the past with their future and our present, they make and remake history.

Jason Middlebrook, "Have Nots," 2006, Gift of Robert and Nancy Magoon in Honor of Sam and Bessie Proctor

Insights: Gifts from Robert and Nancy Magoon

August 7, 2018 - August 25, 2019
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

This exhibition celebrates contributions to the Harn Museum collection from Dr. Robert (Bob) and Nancy Magoon and honors the legacy of Bob Magoon, who passed away in January 2018. Their commitment to collecting art by young artists enabled them to curate a collection of works by many of today’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. With this exhibition, we recognize Bob and Nancy Magoon’s passion for contemporary art and their love for and generosity to the Harn and the University of Florida.

(detail) Tony Robbin, "D52," n.d., digital print, gift of Norma Canelas Roth and William D. Roth

Divergent Convergence: The Arts of Creativity, Discovery & Inquiry

March 31 – July 21, 2019
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

This exhibition, offered as a part of the University of Florida's campus-wide celebration of invention and creativity, will investigate and celebrate how various artists discover, question the past, re-interpret the present, and imagine the future. The exhibition explores the work of more than 55 artists from 18 countries. The wide range of media—from ceramics, light sculpture and film, to paintings, prints and drawings—allows for the convergence of diverse voices and ideas.

Alfred Phillips, "Sheltered," 2018, Acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of a private collector

Art of Inquiry: Juried Exhibition

March 5 - July 7, 2019
Julia C. and Budd H. Bishop Gallery

Established and emerging artists who reside in or have close ties to the Gainesville community have been selected to participate in the Art of Inquiry: Juried Exhibition. The exhibition includes works in most media, including painting, drawing, photography, print media, ceramic, sculpture and mixed media.

(detail) Pedro Pablo Oliva, "Fruticuba," from the series “Navegantes," 1993, oil on canvas, Private Collection

The Art of Pedro Pablo Oliva

March 2 - July 7, 2019
Harn Grandchildren Foyer

Cuban artist Pedro Pablo Oliva is known for his fantastical and provocative paintings and sculptures that reflect Cuba’s social and cultural life. This exhibition highlights five works representing two of his series, one on Fidel Castro and the other on Cuban immigration to the United States.  

George Grosz, "The White General," 1929, Lithograph

Monsters and the Monstrous

January 22 - June 2, 2019
The Dorothy and E. Robert Langley Foyer

Monsters and the Monstrous springs from a UF undergraduate course designed by Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig (UF Health Science Center Library), and team-taught by four undergraduates in the Honors Program in the 2018 fall semester. Its focus is on the nature of “monsters”—how society fears, defines or embraces monsters of all kinds, in many cultures and eras. 

(detail) Steve Schapiro, "Martin Luther King, Jr. with Flag, Selma March" 1965, Gelatin silver print, © Steve Schapiro / courtesy of Jackson Fine Art Gallery

I, Too, Am America: Civil Rights Photographs by Steve Schapiro

October 30, 2018 - March 31, 2019
The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

I, Too, Am America: Civil Rights Photographs by Steve Schapiro features forty-four photographs from the late 1950s/1960s Civil Rights Movement. The exhibition includes three distinct sections with works by Steve Schapiro, Gordon Parks and a documentary film titled "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket."

Gideon Mendel, South African, b.1959, "Mushaq Ahmad Wani and Shafeeqa Mushtaq Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar, Kashmir, India, October 2014," Series: "Drowning World," Courtesy of Axis Gallery, New York

The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene

September 18, 2018 - March 3, 2019
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene chronicles an era of rapid, radical and irrevocable ecological change through works of art by 45 contemporary international artists. Our age has been identified as the Anthropocene, a controversial term used to name a new geological epoch defined by human impact.

(Detail) Alfred Everitt Orr, "For Home and Country," 1918, Color Lithograph

The Great Catastrophe: Remembering WWI, 1914 - 1918

July 3, 2018 - February 3, 2019
Julia C. and Budd H. Bishop Gallery

November 11, 2018, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI. The Great Catastrophe looks at the “art of war” through dynamic vintage WWI posters & fine art prints from 7 countries, as well as objects carried or exchanged during the war.

Indian (Kerala), "Venugopala with Attendants and Gopis," 16th century, Bronze, Gift of George P. Bickford

Show Me the Mini

March 21, 2017 - November 25, 2018
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, North Gallery

The art of miniatures takes many forms and exists across time and cultures. Issues of size, scale, modeling, ownership, production and historical and contemporary functions of miniatures will be examined.

image (detail): W.O.D. Haitian, Flag for Ezili Dantò (Drapo), Late 1970s, Gift of Alvan and Barbara Bluhm

Resilient Visions: Haitian Art

April 25 - November 13, 2018
James G. and Caroline Julier Richardson Gallery

Providing a glimpse of the wide diversity of genres, media and inspirations of Haitian art from the 1970s to the first decade of the 21st century, this exhibition inlcudes works which, through images of everyday life and historical scenes, reveal the resilient creative force of artists who were subjected to social, political and climactic turmoil.

(Detail) Henry Clay Anderson, "A Couple, In Studio," Photo date: c. 1960; Print: 2007, Gelatin Silver Print, Museum Purchase, with funds provided by the David A. Cofrin Acquisition Endowment

Portraits of Faces|Places from the Harn Photography Collection

May 15 - October 7, 2018
The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

Portraits of Faces|Places from the Harn Photography Collection celebrated the museum’s growing collection. It highlighted 55 photographs, many seen here for the first time. The images described the look and feel of places, and the self-possession and specificity of bodies and faces from around the world—from Mexico’s markets, to a portrait studio in Mississippi, to Coney Island’s beaches. Each coaxed us to notice more than what is visible.

Joel Shapiro, "Untitled," sculpture, gift of Carol and Stephen Shey

American Abstraction

Through August 19, 2018
S.F.I. Rotunda in honor of Haskel Hess

The American artists featured in this exhibition represented fine examples from a large and diverse body of the movements that have defined abstraction since 1945. Artists in these decades grappled with the making of meaning through artistic expression, the science of illusion, the power of color and shape, and the experimental possibilities of form and gesture.

(detail) Jamini Roy, “Virgin and Child,” c. 1950. Gift of the Estate of Thomas J. Needham. Photo: ArtCare Conservation

Conserving Treasures: Jamini Roy and Modern Indian Art

Through August 5, 2018
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, South Niche

The Harn Museum’s collection of works by Jamini Roy ranks among the largest public collections of distinguished holdings by the artist outside of India. Inspired by Indian village artisans, Roy often used pigments made from organic matter, including rock-dust, tamarind seeds, and mercury powder, to paint his canvases.

Jacob Lawrence, “The Builders (Family),” silkscreen on paper, 34” x 25.75”, 1974. © 2018 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence

February 13 - August 5, 2018
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

This exhibition provided an overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence (1917 - 2000). Lawrence was primarily concerned with the narration of African American experiences and histories. His acute observations of community life, work, struggle and emancipation during his lifetime were rendered alongside vividly imagined chronicles of the past.

Josef Albers, "Homage to the Square (Red)," 1970, Bequest of Elaine Glass

Poetic and Political

August 15, 2017 - July 8, 2018
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

Poetic and Political explored two realms of perception often considered oppositional but more likely to work in tandem to make a rich, provocative and compelling visual impact.

Donald Judd with architect Adrian Jolles: Kunsthaus Bregenz, Peter Zumthor, "Kunsthaus Bregenz Archive, Administration and Office Building in Bregenz, Austria 1992 - 1994," model, creators: Cohen Seminar School of Architecture, University of Florida

Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd

April 3 - June 24, 2018
The Dorothy and E. Robert Langley Foyer

In this exhibition of selected built projects and proposals for architecture, Donald Judd's connection to and freedom from architecture culture was explored, and the integral nature of his art and architecture practice was revealed.

(detail) Utagawa Hiroshige, "Fukuroi: Flying Kites," Edo Period (1615-1868), 1848-1849, Ink on paper, Museum purchase, gift of private donors

ABC: Art by the Letter

December 12, 2017 - June 3, 2018
Julia C. and Budd H. Bishop Gallery

This exhibition highlighted the Harn’s diverse collecting areas through an alphabetical exploration of subject matter, medium and formal elements. From alligator to zig-zag, the exhibition delighted children, families and the young-at-heart.

Joni Sternbach, (Detail) "#29 Road to Lucin, UT," 2008, from the series "The Salt Effect," Courtesy of the artist

VAST: Photographs by Joni Sternbach

November 21, 2017 - April 22, 2018
The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

Imbued with the elemental, Joni Sternbach’s photographs capture the vast terrains of desert and ocean through a unique interplay between image and materials. Choosing wet plate collodion, analog, digital or video technologies, Sternbach’s landscapes reference history and the contemporary sublime.

(detail) Jerry Uelsmann, "Flamingos Visit Yosemite," 1985, Gelatin silver print, Gift of Melvin and Lorna Rubin

The Tree of Life

August 22 – January 14, 2018
The Dorothy and E. Robert Langley Foyer

The Tree of Life addressed the importance of biodiversity and the interrelation of all species on earth. The exhibition explored these themes through a selection of prints and photographs depicting Florida species, as well as a touch table with interactive and video elements.

Antoine Vestier, French, 1740 - 1824, "Allegory of the Arts," 1788, oil on canvas, The Horvitz Collection

Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment

October 6 - December 31, 2017
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Nearly 120 drawings, pastels, paintings and sculptures by prominent French artists of the eighteenth and early nineteenth-century were on loan from one of the most comprehensive and superb private collections of its kind.

(Detail) Alfredo Ramos Martínez, "Reina Xóchitl (Xóchitl Queen)," Gouache on newsprint, n.d., Gift of friends of the Harn Museum of Art

Spotlight: Latin America

November 8, 2016 – November 12, 2017
Julia C. and Budd H. Bishop Gallery

Spotlight: Latin America celebrated the contributions of 37 artists from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. The works—roughly 50 in all—were drawn mostly from the Harn’s collections with additional loans from private Gainesville collectors. The exhibition included Spanish translations of the gallery interpretation.

Larry Schwarm, "Burning sugar cane, Bayou Tesch, Louisiana," Neg: 2004, Print: 2016, Archival inkjet print, Museum purchase with funds provided by The Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

The Same But Different

May 2 - October 22, 2017
The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

The Same But Different celebrated the Harn’s growing photography collection. It highlighted more than 90 photographs by 50 photographers arranged in 13 themes. The images in each theme shared a visual or conceptual component that was then interpreted through each photographer’s unique sensibility. 

Blank Space: A Gallery of Activity and Imagination

June 27 - August 27, 2017
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Blank Space invited visitors to create, respond and play in the museum. The gallery featured interactive installations; scheduled opportunities for yoga, storytelling and dance performances; and art by students.

Alessandra Sanguinetti, "Belinda, Chick and Clock," 2000, Chromogenic development print, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

Intra-Action: Women Artists from the Harn Collection

September 20, 2016 – July 16, 2017
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

Intra-Action celebrated 36 international women artists working from the mid-20th century to the present, including the groundbreaking, radical collective called The Guerrilla Girls. More than 70 works challenged patriarchal domination, notions of gender, identity and the art world itself.

Yelimane Fall, Jawartu, Verse, 2002, Acrylic on canvas, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

Shore Lines: Art across the Sahel

Through June 2017
Langley Foyer

Sahel, meaning “shore” in Arabic, refers to the region bordering the Sahara Desert. Art in the Sahel reflects assimilation of diverse cultural and visual ideas that have enriched this region for centuries. Shore Lines: Art Across the Sahel presented historical and contemporary works from the Harn’s collection made by artists who live in the Western Sahel, including the nations Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad. 


(detail) Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Veduta della Piazza di Monte Cavallo (View of the Piazza di Monte Cavallo [now the Piazza del Quirinale with the Quirinal Palace]), from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), 1750, Etching, The Arthur Ross Collection

Meant to Be Shared

January 31, 2017 - May 28, 2017
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Beginning in the late 1970s, philanthropist Arthur Ross (1910–2007) avidly collected works of art by some of the most renowned printmakers of the last three centuries. The Arthur Ross Collection eventually came to comprise more than one thousand eighteenth- to twentieth-century Italian, French, and Spanish prints of the highest quality.

(Detail) Cundo Bermúdez, "Reposo (Repose)," 1991, Silkscreen, Collection of Martha and Frank Burr

The Art of Cundo Bermúdez

November 8, 2016 - May 21, 2017
Harn Grandchildren Foyer

Cuban artist Cundo Bermúdez is best known for his use of color in his paintings, prints and murals. This exhibition highlighted four prints from the renowned artist and included Spanish translations of the gallery interpretation. 

Nickolas Muray, "Frida Kahlo on White Bench, New York (2nd Edition)," 1939, color carbon print, Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art

Mirror, Mirror ... Portraits of Frida Kahlo

June 28, 2016 - April 2, 2017
Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was among the most photographed women of her generation. What photographers found intriguing was her uninhibited humor and charm, overt sensuality and rare beauty and style.

Lynsey Addario, (detail) "Waiting to Be Transported, Syrian Refugee, Northern Iraq, August 20, 2013"

Aftermath: The Fallout of War—America and the Middle East

August 16, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

The United Nations reports there are more displaced people in the world today than ever before due to war, conflict and persecution. Aftermath: The Fallout of War brings together the work of twelve contemporary photographers, both American and from the Middle East, who explore the effects of war on civilians and the environment.

Photo by Lisa Homann, taken in Sya district, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Dancing in the Moonlight: Zara Masks of Burkina Faso

October 27, 2015 - October 9, 2016
Julia C. and Budd H. Bishop Gallery

The exhibition focuses on a masking tradition of the Islamized Zara peoples of Burkina Faso, called Lo Gue, or White Masks.

Katsumata Chieko, "Akoda Pumpkin," 2013, sanded glazed stoneware, on loan from the Horvitz Collection

Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection

October 7, 2014 - September 18, 2016
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing

The exhibition features ceramic works by artists inspired by both traditional themes and the avant-garde. Tensions between form and functionality, traditional and modern, national and international are often evident across works in the exhibition and within individual works.

Carleton E. Watkins, "Glacier Point, 3,257 feet, Yosemite, California," c. 1870, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Melvin and Lorna Rubin Endowment

Framing Nature: The Living World in Art

February 2 – July 17, 2016
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Framing Nature: the Living World in Art takes a dynamic view of the artistic engagement with nature across cultures. The exhibition offers challenging and enriching perspectives on how we see and understand the natural world through the eyes of artists and makers from around the globe.

Capturing Nature: The Insect World in Art

March 15 - July 17, 2016
Dorothy and E. Robert Langley Foyer

Capturing Nature: The Insect World in Art explores the naturalist illustrations of four artists who were active in the 18th century: John Abbot, Mark Catesby, Moses Harris and Maria Sibylla Merian.

Michael Kenna, "Washington Monument, Study 7, D.C., USA," Negative: 2001, Print: 2001, gift of Melvin and Lorna Rubin and museum purchase, funds provided by the Harn Curator of Photography Endowment

Michael Kenna: Haiku

December 22, 2015 - June 5, 2016
Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

Sixty-six photographs by Michael Kenna depict nature and the manmade from countries around the world.

Sixty-six photographs by Michael Kenna depict nature and the manmade from countries around the world. - See more at:
Sixty-six photographs by Michael Kenna depict nature and the manmade from countries around the world. - See more at:
Dawoud Bey, "Seth/Chantal," First Year Florida Project, 2010

Dawoud Bey: First-Year Florida Re-Visited

October 6, 2015 - March 6, 2016
Grandchildren Foyer

In 2011, acclaimed photographer Dawoud Bey made portraits of ‘first-year” UF students and asked them to write of their “hopes, dreams and fears.” Five years later, the Harn displayed these images again after contacting these same students inviting them to write about their UF experience—several responded. Their comments—“Then” and “Now”—are exhibited with the original portraits.

Chris Marker, Gay-Lussac Nite (Paris, May 1968), Printed in 2007, Museum purchase, gift of the Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Foundation

Contesting Terrain

August 18, 2015 - April 3, 2016
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

Artists in this exhibition contest history and the definition of art itself. They push boundaries and claim new terrain, testing the parameters of aesthetic experience while creating new models of visual meaning.  Resisting the idea of aesthetic purity, they deny the separation between the realm of the artwork and the realm of the political. This exhibition traces this tendency beyond Europe and the United States in the West to include artists from Africa, Latin America and China.

Joel Shapiro, "Untitled," sculpture, gift of Carol and Stephen Shey

Conversations: A 25th Anniversary Exhibition

September 25, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Conversations: A 25th Anniversary Exhibition provides an opportunity to mark the Harn Museum’s anniversary through an installation that celebrates the growth of its collections over the past 25 years. The exhibition features roughly 125 works representing more than 100 artists.

Andrea Geyer, "Insistence," 2013, Video (color, sound), 15:21 min.

Film: Insistence

August 18 - December 11, 2015
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

This film traces the history of women’s work on the development of the Modern Project in New York City and beyond during the 1920s and 1930s.

Jerry Uelsmann, "Untitled," 1969 , gelatin silver print, on loan from Hector Puig

NEXUS: Experimental Photography in Florida

July 21 – November 29, 2015
Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

Concurrent with celebrating the Harn’s 25th Anniversary, NEXUS: Experimental Photography in Florida - Uelsmann, Fichter, Prince, Streetman & Walker takes a look at the long, prosperous and continuous careers of five key members of the UF Photography Department Faculty during the 1960s and 70s.

Agbonbiofe Adesina, "House Post for Efon Alaiye," early 20th century, gift of Rod McGalliard

A Sense of Place: African Interiors

Through November 1, 2015
James G. and Caroline Julier Richardson Gallery

Objects from homes, palaces, shrines and other sacred spaces including, sculptures, paintings, ceramic vessels, textiles and architectural elements, such as doors, window frames and roof ornaments are on display in this exhibition.

Emil Otto Hoppé, "Tilly Losch," 1928

Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio and Street

June 23 - August 30, 2015
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Society, Studio and Street brings both sides of Hoppé’s work together for the first  time, and marks the rediscovery of Hoppé as a pivotal figure in Edwardian art and photo-modernism.

Pistis, Dress (detail), 2012, Lace, patchwork, wax print, designed for the 2012 “Ready-to-wear” Summer Collection

Kabas and Couture: Contemporary Ghanaian Fashion

February 24, 2015 - August 23, 2015
S.F.I. Rotunda in honor of Haskel Hess

This exhibition highlights the intersections between designer fashions and traditional forms of dress in Ghanaian culture, with runway garments displayed alongside historical textiles such as a batakari tunic and kente cloth.

(detail) Claude Monet, "Champ d'avoine (Oat Field)," 1890, gift of Michael A. Singer

Monet and American Impressionism

February 3, 2015 - May 24, 2015
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Monet and American Impressionism highlights twenty-five artists who launched a new way of painting in response to the influence of Monet and French Impressionism. The exhibition presents roughly fifty paintings and twenty prints dated between 1880 and 1920.

Woyo peoples, Banana, Lower Congo, DRC, "Ndunga mask," early 20th century, collection RMCA Tervuren, EO.0.0.34579. Photo R. Asselberghs, RMCA Tervuren ©

Kongo across the Waters


Harn Museum of Art
October 22, 2013 - March 23, 2014  |  Gainesville, FL
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
May 15, 2014 - September 21, 2014  |  Atlanta, GA
Princeton University Art Museum
October 25, 2014 - January 25, 2015  |  Princeton, NJ
New Orleans Museum of Art
February 27, 2015 - May 25, 2015  |  New Orleans, LA

Co-organized by the Harn Museum of Art and the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, the exhibition includes a broad range of media including sculpture, drawings, engravings, paintings, baskets, textiles, and musical instruments to illuminate the rich heritage of the Kongo peoples and to trace the transformations of Kongo cultural production from the colonial and post-colonial periods through the modern era.


The Harn Museum of Art opened in 1990. For a list of exhibitions prior to what is listed on this page, click below.