Museum Nights

Second Thursday of Every Month at 6 pm
Join us for this once-a-month event taking place at the museum. Speakers and artists help our visitors connect with art in fun and interesting ways. Specific themes for each evening are below.

Admission is free.


Holidays in the Sun 

Thursday, December 9, 6 pm

Join us for your Holidays in the Sun, celebrating diverse traditions of December and beyond at the Harn. Enjoy sun-splashed art, radiant performances, warming snacks and cold drinks and festive art activities. Browse our "Books for Bucks" sale and find unexpected treasures. Free and open to all.


Video by Amanda Hill


Previous Museum Nights

Into the Landscape  

Tuesday, November 9, 6 pm

Voyage in, around and through landscapes near and far, photographed and painted during our Museum Nights on a Tuesday. Explore art with friends and guides, meet remarkable land-loving groups from the area and enjoy performances, creative activities and a fun photo-op. 

Museum Nights is an ongoing program made possible by University of Florida Student Government and the Office of the Provost. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Into the Landscape is presented with the support of the Center for European Studies.

Scheduled Events:
6:30 – 8 pm: Hot Club de Ville – Promenade 
6:30 – 7:15 pm: Plant Life Student Talks – Rotunda 
7:15 – 7:45 pm: Artist Talk with Chrissy Martinez, Nature & Wildlife Photographer – Asian Axline Gallery  

Ongoing Events:
Enjoy Lite Bites & Refreshments – Magoon Garden
Pose for a Landscape-Inspired Photo Booth – Galleria 
Embark on a Scavenger Hunt - Galleria 
Engage with Land-Loving Table Partners – Galleria 

Art Blast Tours:
6:30 pm: Florida Impressions
6:30 – 7 pm: Art Blast Tour and Poetry for Landscapes  – Bishop Gallery
Poetry: Adam Mickiewicz and Wislawa Szymborska in Polish and English translation read by Kasia Emin 
Aleksandr Pushkin in Russian and English translation read by  Samantha Gildea & Caroline Bradley 
William Wordsworth in English read by Richard Tate 


Reframing the Lens 

Thursday, October 14, 6–9 pm (in person) 

Step into an evening composed of performances, tours, activities and more inspired by the photography exhibition Shadow to Substance. Museum Nights: Reframing the Lens invites you to play with the frame while experiencing this dynamic portrait of Black history and life.  

Dopenmic hosts an open mic at the Harn under their moto: “Come to understand. Stay to be understood.” Dopenmic is dedicated to creating a space for underrepresented BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists.  

Enjoy some tunes spun by DJ WAX ATOM, your friendly neighborhood DJ. @waxatom 

Make art inspired by Gainesville’s neighborhoods with Bailey’s Learning & Art Collective, Inc. 

Living and Linking African Legacies: the Art of Prince Merid Tafessee Talk with Desta Meghoo

The Rebirth of Us Inspired Photo Booth

Light Bites and Refreshments

One and a Half Sisters - Plant Life Art Blast Tour


Noche de Museo

Thursday, September 9, 6 pm (in person) at the Harn

Discover art and culture from across Latin America through exhibitions, tours, activities and conversations. It will be opening day of Plural Domains: Selected Works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection. The exhibition features work by more than 30 Latin American artists.

Macarena Deij Prado, UF PhD candidate in colonial art of the Americas will lead a gallery tour of "Plural Domains" at 7:30 pm.

Y-Not-Theatre will perform "The Gulf" a bilingual full-length play by Jessica Farr. Narrated by a drone combing the South Eastern coastline, "The Gulf," imagines a post-nuclear world where four relative strangers live together in a fallout shelter.

Enjoy music with DJ Elio Piedra outside our contemporary pavilion along with free food.

This is an ongoing program made possible by the generous support of UF Student Government and the Office of the Provost. Additional support for this evening provided by UF Center for Latin American Studies.

In addition, learn about Gardens for Peace, a unique project organized by Martin McKellar, Asian Garden Specialist & Volunteer, with the participation of Elizabeth Husband, Volunteer Advocate for Guardian Ad Litem; Crystal Sorrow, Director of Child and Youth Services for Peaceful Paths; Eric Estling, Program Manager for River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding; and Scott Camil and Mary Bah, Veterans for Peace.


Step into the Lens

Thursday, August 12, 6 pm (in person) 

Step into the Lens (and back into the Harn) for this Museum Nights inspired by our new photography exhibition Shadow to Substance. In addition to exploring a dynamic portrait of Black history and life in the galleries, enjoy performances, tours and striking a pose with photographer Tylor Scott. Don’t miss meeting artists and their one-night display of art from Umoja, an exhibition of Black art from Alachua County presented by Gainesville Fine Arts Association.


Summer pARTy

Thursday, July 8, 7 pm (virtual event)
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

Join our Summer pARTy, complete with art features, a dance party led by Shera Sherman and a trivia contest with prizes. We’re saying hello to summer and celebrating our last full virtual, online Museum Nights. That’s right, next month we look forward to welcoming you back to the Harn. So gather your ingredients for one of our refreshing drinks (recipes below) and get ready to sip along with us during our Summer pARTy!

Gator Orange Mimosa
2 parts orange juice 
1 part your favorite lemon lime soda (Sprite, 7-Up, Sierra Mist, etc.)
Top with a slice of orange, lemon or lime

Gator Blue Spritzer
2 parts Hawaiian Punch Blue Typhoon 
1 part your favorite lemon lime soda
Top with watermelon or orange slice


Florida Framed

Thursday, June 10, 7 pm (virtual event)
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

This summer we’re putting Florida in the frame as we look at artists looking at Florida. This fun online event is inspired by the exhibition "A Florida Legacy: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers," currently on view at the Harn and featuring more than 150 views of Florida from the past 200 years. With special guests Chrissy Martinez, local nature photographer; Hillary Van Dyke, volunteer leader of Outdoor Afro; Dulce Román, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern Art, and Leah Harrell, Harn Curatorial intern.


Everyday Extraordinary!

Thursday, May 13, 7 pm (virtual event)
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

Every day can be Extraordinary when you stop to look and discover!  Join us for Museum Nights: Everyday Extraordinary, an evening online event focusing on Asian art and culture, and inspired by the current Harn exhibition, Everyday to the Extraordinary: Highlights From the Korean Collection.


Food Demonstration: Ken Albala, Professor of History at University of the Pacific and an expert on food history, will demonstrate making a mouth-watering Korean noodle dish.

Exhibition Object Discussions:

  • Allysa Peyton, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, introduces the exhibition and select objects – some extraordinary, others everyday . . . and many related to food!
  • Tongyun Yin, Cofrin Curator of Asian Art, presents two gorgeous Korean vases that connect to our cuisine theme.

Poetry: Mihye Bang, a doctoral candidate at UF in English literature and a Harn Museum intern, will present a beautiful poem about a Korean dance that is depicted in a remarkable scroll painting on view. In Korean and English!


Print Palooza

Thursday, April 8, 7 pm (virtual event)
View the recorded program on the Harn's YouTube Channel here.

It’s time for Print Palooza--celebrating and creating prints! We’ll be joined by printmakers (and visit some studios) and an art historian to learn about prints from the Harn collection. Then, you can create your own relief print with materials you’ll have at home (or you can pick up a free kit at the museum). Read more at the Facebook event page.


Passport to Europe

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

We’ll be joined by student art historians, performers and word lovers, to enjoy perspectives on art at the Harn, dance and poetry, all with a European twist. Join us live on this date or return to the Harn's YouTube channel at a later date to view.

The art of POETRY will be presented in Hungarian, Polish and Turkish (with English translations).

  • Presented by Lara Soysal (UF Political Science and International Studies majors and EU Studies and History minors); Anna Wojnar (UF Chemical Engineering); Isabela Sewiol (UF Health Sciences); and Virag Feher (UF History).

Experience the art of DANCE with performances by GASA--the UF Greek American Student Association, and UF Ailigéadar Irish Dance.

  • Ailigéadar UF Irish Dance Company performers include Carolyn Muldowney (UF Architecture), Kayla Herman (UF first year), Stephanie Kokeas (UF Criminology), and Lacy San Antonio (UF MA in English Education).
  • UF Greek American Student Association performers include Ioanna Beckman, Paul Calzada, Stamatina Copulos, Emil Ellis, Evangelia Gavrilos, Melina Hayward, Leonidas Lavdas, and Zachary Skoundridakis.

Dive into the Harn's collection with UF Art History students Ava Bender and Ella McIver. They'll share a European WORK OF ART brought out from the vaults!

Museum Nights is supported by UF Student Government with additional support on this evening provided by UF Center for European Studies.



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.

7pm       Welcome
               with Agnes Leslie, Center for African Studies
7:10​       Storytelling with Kole Odutola
7:30​       Dance with Barakissa Coulibaly and Mosso-Kan West African Dance and Drum Ensemble
                joined by UF West African Dance students
7:50​       Felicity Tackey-Otoo – Sankofa: African Wax Print Gist


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. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 

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