Art and nature converge for six months

February 2, 2016
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The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida will bring together more than 100 works of art that offer challenging and enriching perspectives on how we see and understand the natural world through the eyes of artists and makers from across time, places and cultures. “Framing Nature: The Living World in Art” will include drawings, prints, paintings, photographs and sculptures drawn from the Harn’s main collecting areas of modern, contemporary, African and Asian art, and photography, as well as the collections of Oceanic art, Ancient American art, and Prints and Drawings before 1850. The exhibition will be on view from Feb. 2 to July 17.

“Framing Nature will be organized along four thematic groupings:

·         Inspiration considers how artists have explored, interpreted and reinterpreted nature in their work. Featured artists in this grouping include Herman Herzog, William Henry Jackson, Evon Streetman, Toshiko Takaezu and Edward Weston.

·         Discovery addresses how humans have made sense of the world through observation and documentation. A sample of artists in the exhibition who have contributed to the dissemination of this knowledge through their art includes Elizabeth Blackwell, Paul Jacoulet, Bisrat Shibabaw, Carleton E. Watkins and Ellis Wilson.

·         Power features artistic expressions reflecting the symbolic powers vested in nature by the human mind. A highlight of artists in this grouping includes Berenice Abbot, Skunder Boghossian, Rockwell Kent, Sebastião Salgado and Massimo Vitali.

·         Refuge depicts the impulse to escape into nature as well as the experience of living in close harmony with the living world. A sampling of artists in this section includes John James Audubon, Milton Avery, Jamini Roy, Maggie Taylor and Jerry Uelsmann.

“Drawing from a collection of more than 10,000 works of art, we have created dynamic groupings that encourage new ways of thinking about the encounter between art and nature,” said Dulce Román, co-curator of the exhibition and Harn Curator of Modern Art.
 “Framing Nature”is the second of two exhibitions celebrating the Harn Museum of Art’s 25th anniversary.

 “Since its opening in 1990, the Harn has brought hundreds of inspiring exhibitions, educational programs as well as internationally recognized collections to our audiences,” said Eric Segal, co-curator of the exhibition and Harn Curator of Academic Programs. “This exhibition will continue that tradition.”
This exhibition is made possible by the UF Office of the Provost with additional support from an anonymous donor, Robert and Carolyn Thoburn, the John V. and Patricia M. Carlson Program Endowment, the Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau, Visit Florida, and the Harn General Program Endowment. Admission to the museum and the exhibition is free.

Free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.


“The Cultures of Nature”

Sunday, February 7, 3 p.m

“Environments of Power: Ancient American Ceramics and Photographic Images”
Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m.

“Scientific Illustration: Aesthetics and Abstraction”
Sunday, June 12, 3 p.m.

Educator Workshop
“The Science and Art of Nature Journals”

Wednesday, February 17, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m

Member pARTy

Thursday, February 25, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

352Creates: Framing Nature
Friday, February 26, 11 a.m.
– 5 p.m.

 “Museum Nights: Discover Europe”
Thursday, March 10, 6 – 9 p.m.

“Access Art: Touch Tours ”
Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


“Spring into Nature”
March 21-25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“MASH: Mathematics→Art←Science at the Harn”
Saturday, April 2

“Framing Nature in Florida Panel Discussion”
Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m.

“Family Day: Earth Day”
Saturday, April 16, 1 – 4 p.m.

Tot Time
Tuesday, February 23, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. p.m.:
Art & Nature
Friday, March 4, 11 a.m. – noon:
Art & Nature
Tuesday, April 26, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Wings & Things
Friday, May 6, 11 am – noon: Wings & Things

Story Time
Wednesday, February 24, 11 a.m.: Butterflies
Wednesday, March 30, 11 a.m.: Underwater Adventures

Elementary Art at the Library
Wednesday, February 3, 2 – 3 p.m.: Underwater Landscapes
Wednesday, March 2, 2 – 3 p.m.: Yoruba Textiles
Wednesday, April 6, 2 – 3 p.m.: Botanical Prints
Location: Alachua County Library District Headquarters, 405 East University Avenue

Docent-led Tours
Every Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

For more information, please call 352-392-9826 or visit


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