Traders to the World: Cosmopolitan Gujarat as an Agent of Global Exchange in Medieval India and its Artistic Legacy     

In-person in the Chandler Auditorium at the Harn Museum of Art and live-streamed to the Harn YouTube channel  
Friday, November 12, 2 pm

Speaker: John Guy, Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
John Guy will deliver the inaugural Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel Endowed Lecture Series in Gujarat Studies & Roy C. Craven, Jr. Memorial Lecture. 
Gujarat has played a key role in India’s engagement with the wider world since antiquity. This lecture explores two aspects of the multi-stranded social fabric that constituted Gujarat historically and has given it a is distinctive regional character. The first is the rich artistic legacy established through the accommodation of Svetambara Jainism among religions in Gujarat. The second is the role Gujarat assumed in early global exchange of high-quality dyed cottons and woven silk textiles that made Gujarati textile makers “Master Weavers and Dyers to the World”. 

Sponsored by the UF Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra). 


Black Art Futures

Chandler Auditorium at the Harn Museum of Art
Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH) Lecture
Thursday, January 27, 2022, 6 pm

Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Finley, Associate Professor of Art History, Cornell University (On leave); Director, Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Spelman College
"Black Art Futures" examines the state of the contemporary arts ecosystem to propose sustainable pathways for art, innovation and activism. Drawing on a book in progress of the same name, this talk is inspired by the current exhibition, Shadow to Substance, to demonstrate how photography, throughout its history, has played a key role in both documenting and delivering social change.


Plural Domains: Art in, of, from Latin America

Location To Be Determined
Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH) Lecture
Thursday, February 24, 2022, 6 pm


Speaker: José Falconi (moderator), Panel Participants: Amalia Pica, Alice Miceli, José Gabriel Fernández
 “Plural Domains: Art in, of, from Latin America” includes one art history lecture and a panel discussion comprised of internationally recognized artists and a scholar, each with a distinguished career and record of exhibitions, publications and participation in public events. The events take as their point of departure the exhibition Plural Domains: Selected Works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection, which is curated by Jesús Fuenmayor for University Galleries and the Harn Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on view at the Harn from September 9, 2021 to April 24, 2022 and at the University Galleries from September 14, 2021 to December 3, 2021. The panel addresses the interconnections between artistic practices, curatorial research as well as diversity and pluralism in the contemporary art of Latin American.


Portraits and Pathologies: Likenesses and Clinical Pictures in Turn of the Nineteenth-Century France

Chandler Auditorium at the Harn Museum of Art
Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH) Lecture
Thursday, March 17, 2022, 6 pm

Speaker: Dr. Mechthild Fend, Professor of History of Art, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Focusing on turn of the nineteenth-century France, from the eve of the Revolution to the Napoleonic period, this lecture seeks to explore relations between portraits of people and portraits of diseases. During this period both physical and mental disorders started to be visually recorded in a systematic manner. At the same time, portraiture was a very popular medium and Dr. Fend will argue that definitions and practices of portraiture evolving around the notion of character were crucial for the development of the pathological image meant to capture the “characteristic traits” of a disease.