Museum Nights

Second Thursday of Every Month from 6 to 9 pm
Join us for this once-a-month event where we are open in the evenings. Multiple activities and performances help our visitors connect with art in fun and interesting ways. Specific themes for each evening are below.

Refreshments are offered. Admission is free.


Metal Makers

Thursday, July 9, 6 - 7:30 pm

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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.

Speaker Bios:
Yaw Owusu Shangofemi has been practicing the art of blacksmithing for over four decades, since beginning his apprenticeship with Phillip Simmons, one of the most revered blacksmiths in America. He has taken his place as inheritor of a tradition of African-American blacksmithing, drawing on his Gullah-Geechee islander heritage and on his study of the religion, art and customs of both the Akan people of Ghana and the Yoruba people of Nigeria. His ironwork embraces African culture as a part of his heritage and ancestry.

Dr. Jody Berman’s research has focused on the Arts of the African Diaspora. She received a master’s degree in African Art and a doctorate in American Art with an emphasis in African American Art. Her master’s thesis focused on the blacksmithing career of Yaw Owusu Shangofemi; her doctoral dissertation investigated how select Black artists employ humor in their work to undermine notions of race in America’s past and present.

Dr. Ade Ofunniyin is a Charleston, South Carolina native. He has a B.A. in Social Science from Fordham University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida. He is the Founder and CEO of The Gullah Society, a nonprofit 501(c3)organization created to assist those seeking to reconnect with their Gullah heritage, African history and culture. He is the grandson of the legendary Charleston artisan Blacksmith, Philip Simmons, in whose blacksmith shop he apprenticed.



Video by Amanda Hill


Previous Museum Nights

Alice in Museumland

Thursday, June 11, 6 – 7 pm
Live direct link posted here June 11 at 5 pm  

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  

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


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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 its 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