LECTURES + TALKS

Speechless

Gallery Conversation
Saturday, December 3, 10:30 am

Speaker: Rebecca Nagy
As you enjoy a virtual journey from South Africa through Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal to Morocco and Ethiopia with Harn Museum Director Emerita Rebecca Nagy, you will hear about her research and collecting trips to the continent as well as stories of how the Harn acquired the fascinating and complex works of African art included in Speechless: Text & Image in Global Culture

 

In Praise of Fine Art & Documentary Photographers

Gallery Talk
Sunday, December 11, 3 – 4 pm

Speaker: Carol McCusker
The most interesting photographers working today produce fascinating stories — portraits of changing places; the lives of refugees; re-creations of the past that inspire the future. They work in series, an intense process that demands time, a vision, and often risk. Such photographers achieve a level of expertise toward their material that it’s a thrill to curate their work. Fifteen such artist-photographers comprise the new exhibition, AWE-some: time :: materiality :: meaning. Its subtitle refers to the photographers’ and viewer’s time; the pleasure of actual material photographs (not on a screen, with some images quite large); and the meanings they might conjure in each of us. AWE-some is also about s-l-o-w looking (a new movement in the arts), yours and mine. Photography curator, Carol McCusker, will take us through slow looking to appreciate these exceptional artists and artworks. A side exhibition of hilarious and congenial amateur snapshots from 1915–1955 are also on view during AWE-some.

 

HESCAH Lecture Program

The Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH) program brings to the University of Florida distinguished scholars whose work represents a range of fields in the history of art. Established by a gift from Dr. David A. and Mary Ann Cofrin, this endowment funds visiting scholars, lecture series and symposia featuring leading art historians, critics, curators and museum professionals. Free and open to the university community and beyond, HESCAH events typically are presented in collaboration with the Harn Museum of Art, and often with other departments and centers on campus. Since 1993, the HESCAH program has offered opportunities to engage with scholars and thinkers on the cutting edge of current scholarship in art history.

Posing Questions on Posing Beauty: A Conversation with Deborah Willis

Conversation
Thursday, March 30, 6 pm

Speaker: Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair, Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Join us for a conversation with Deborah Willis, award winning MacArthur Fellow, artist, curator, professor and eminent scholar in the history of Black photography, and Jade Powers, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Harn Museum. Willis and Powers will explore topics presented in the current Harn exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, including themes of beauty, joy, and self-fashioned Black identity in photographs dating from the 1890s to the present. The galleries will be open until 5 pm, at which time the Auditorium will open for seating.