Museum Nights

Second Thursday of Every Month at 7 pm
Join us for this once-a-month virtual event taking place on the Harn's YouTube Channel. Speakers and artists help our visitors connect with art in fun and interesting ways. Specific themes for each evening are below.

Admission is free.


Thursday, February 11, 7 pm
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

Experience art from throughout Africa and the African diaspora, as we take inspiration from Sankofa to bring together art-past and art-present in conversation and performance. In partnership with the UF Center for African Studies.

7 pm:  Welcome
7:10 pm:  Storytelling Dr. Kole Ade Odutola
7:30 pm:  Dance with Barakissa Coulibaly and Mosso-Kan West African Dance
Turbado intro
UF student dancers
7:50 pm:  Textile and fashion with Felicity Tackey-Otoo


Dr. Kole Ade Odutola
Yoruba lecturer in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at the University of Florida, as well as a poet, storyteller, photojournalist, and environmental activist.
Odutola has studied botany, media studies and communication at universities in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has published two poetry collections and has performed as a poet and griot in the US, the UK, Nigeria, and South Africa. He will share his talents as a storyteller at Museum Nights.

Barakissa Coulibaly
Master West African dancer and choreographer from Abobo, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Coulibaly has traveled and taught in many countries including Spain, Japan, Greece and France. She teaches at the University of Florida, is an official UNESCO International Dance Council member, and is the director of Mosso-Kan West African Dance ensemble and the Barakissa Coulibaly Foundation. For Museum Nights she will be joined by members of Mosso-Kan as well as students from her UF West African Dance class.

Felicity Tackey-Otoo
graduate student at UF Rinker School of Construction Management
Tackey-Otoo is passionate about traditional and modern Ghanaian clothing and fashion. She will discuss Ghanian textiles she works with and explore connections to the Harn collection. 



Video by Amanda Hill


Previous Museum Nights

Global Inspirations

Thursday, January 14, 7 pm
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

Join the Harn for conversations focusing on the exhibition Global Perspectives: Highlights from the Contemporary Collection. This live event will take place on the Harn's YouTube Channel.  Museum Nights is supported by UF Student Government and the Office of the Provost. Additional support for this evening provided by the UF Center for European Studies and is presented in collaboration with the UF International Center.

Museum Nights: Global Inspirations featured:

  • Harn Curator Dulce Román providing an introduction to the contemporary art exhibition Global Perspectives.
  • Indian folk artist Anu Priyadarshini creating a special Rangoli sand painting to celebrate the creative spirit.
  • UF students from the Global Culture Photography Contest (organized by UF International Center) taking us around the world with their winning photographs:
  • Yewande O Addie, a doctoral student at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication.
  • Foad Seyed Mohammadi, a MFA student in photography at UF’s College of the Arts.
  • Diana Diaz Venturo, completed the Master of International Business at the UF Warrington College of Business.


Local Vocal

Thursday, December 10, 7 pm
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

Connect with your campus and community as we celebrate the visual and vocal energy of Gainesville. Local Vocal will include a conversation about the creation and performance of the play "From Colored to Black" with actor and poet E. Stanley Richardson, UF student and researcher/writer Brittney Caldwell, and director Jeffrey Pufahl (UF Center for Arts in Medicine); as well as the presentation of two recorded student dance performances. These include “In/habit/at” from SWAMP Dance Fest! 2020 under the Direction of Trent Williams, and “inter intra extra” choreographed by BFA student Rebekah Minter. Ms. Minter and dancer Samantha Coplon will join us for a live conversation. 

Making HERstory

Thursday, November 12, 6 pm
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

Celebrating the new exhibition "Breaking the Frame: Women Artists in the Harn Collections," this evening of dance, visual art and creative exploration presents a range of dynamic voices that contribute to and reveal the her-story of art. Experience a virtual performance of "Fragments," a dance work that explores the relationship between body and memory, then participate in UF student gallery discussions and a conversation between artists on creative practices.

Cheers to 30 Years

Thursday, October 8, 6 - 8 pm
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

The Harn Museum of Art is celebrating 30 years of being YOUR art museum! Visitors to the Harn’s YouTube channel during this event will hear directly from internationally known artist Radcliffe Bailey in conversation with Dr. Porchia Moore, Department Head and Assistant Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Florida in the School of Art + Art History. Bailey will discuss his artistic process and specifically the artwork “Returnal” which is a part of the Harn’s collection. Harn curators will discuss the collections they work within the galleries and reveal interesting facts about specific works of art.

Noche de Museo

Thursday, September 10, 6 pm
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

Celebrate art and culture from across Latin America. We’ll be joined by our friends from the Gainesville Latino Film Festival, and then we’ll hear from--and share your chat questions with--UF faculty Derek Berdette (a specialist in Latin American Art History), Efraín Barradas (an expert in Caribbean literature, Latino Studies, Mexican culture, history of art and ideas in Latin America) and Dulce Roman, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern Art at the Harn. We’ll also share an activity you can do at home. Join us on our YouTube channel


Thursday, August 13, 6 pm
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

Imagine turning raw earth into inspiring art. What could that look like? Join the Harn and Studio TM Clay and Pottery for this live event on the Harn's YouTube channel. Artists Sara Truman (MFA, Ceramics, and Ceramics Instructor at Gainesville High School) and Ailynda Ho (UF BFA, Ceramics) will provide a peek into their studio, explore ceramics, the art of transforming clay into objects that we live with, admire, and–too often–break. This event is inspired by ceramics on view in the Harn's time-themed exhibition Tempus Fugit :: 光陰矢の如し:: Time Flies. It’s a ClayDate!

Metal Makers

Thursday, July 9, 6 - 7:30 pm
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

Join us live at our YouTube channel for an inspiring look at the expressive art of metal. In a world of mass-production of relentlessly identical forms, we focus on the human aspects of metal and on metal workers who create richly layered objects. Presented in celebration of Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa, on view at the Harn. Join metal artist Yaw Owusu Shangofemi in conversation with Dr. Ade Ofunniyin and Dr. Jody Berman.

Alice in Museumland

Thursday, June 11, 6 – 7 pm
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

Join us live at our YouTube channel for a live conversation with artist Maggie Taylor as she takes us down the rabbit hole and through the looking-glass in pursuit of mind-bending illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Taylor will speak and share a peek inside her studio in anticipation of the exhibition Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking-Glass at the Harn Museum. Inspired yet? We’ll also be sharing hands-on activities you can do at home at any time. Don’t be late for this very important date!


Arty Party (Virtual Event)

Thursday, May 14, 6 – 8 pm 
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.
Let’s put the ART in pARTy this evening! Join us for “Conversations with Creatives”: local artists and UF graduates share their creative practices, studios, inspirations and motivations. Contribute your questions in a live Q + A. Hear from UF Professor of Mathematics Kevin Knudson, faculty curator of ART + MATH, and Ellen Knudson, UF Associate in Book Arts. Create a paper fold with the Knudsons to remember this Arty Party! Artists joining the pARTy: Iris Coe-Gross, Molly Kempson, Kristyn Lopez and Brett Taylor. We will live stream on our YouTube channel here


Are you a college student? 

Learn how to get involved further with Museum Nights here.


Museum Nights is an ongoing program made possible by University of Florida Student Government and the Office of the Provost.

Harn Voices

I love the Harn. The art is so full of poetry it's inspiring. I love Museum Nights when we set up a table and invite visitors to sit down with us and do a little creative writing about the art they've seen.

Debora Greger

Harn Poet-in-Residence