Visitors to the Harn Museum of Art who missed “Conversations: A 25th Anniversary Exhibition,” which closed Jan. 3, can still enjoy a long-lasting legacy of the museum’s birthday celebration by viewing a portion of the Harn’s 100 new and promised gifts of African, Asian, Oceanic, modern and contemporary art on display throughout the galleries as the celebration continues.
Among the many donations and promised gifts:
- Eighteen works of Tiffany glass and 12 works of Steuben glass given by Relf and Mona Crissey
- Ten contemporary Japanese ceramic works promised by Jeffrey and Carol Horvitz
- Five Oceanic works, three African works and one modern painting promised by C. Frederick and Aase B. Thompson
- Five photographic works given by artist Doug Prince
- An oil on canvas and three acrylic paintings by Tony Robbin given by Norma Canelas Roth and William D. Roth
- A sculpture by Joel Shapiro given by Steve and Carol Shey.
“We are honored by the overwhelming response from UF alumni and students, the Gainesville community and beyond,” said Rebecca Nagy, director of the Harn Museum of Art. “These gifts impact the museum in a significant way, enhancing our offerings and the ability to provide great art for the community to study and enjoy for decades to come.”
“Conversations” was just one of seven exhibitions representing the Harn's 25th year of programming. Other exhibitions included “NEXUS: Experimental Photography in Florida;” “Contesting Terrain;” “Dancing in the Moonlight: Zara Masks of Burkina Faso;” “Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades;” and an exhibition of Michael Kenna's photography.
A new exhibition, “Framing Nature: The Living World in Art,” opens Feb. 2. The exhibition will focus on artistic engagement with nature across cultures featuring 100 objects organized around four themes: inspiration, discovery, power, and refuge.
The Harn Museum of Art, at 3259 Hull Road, is part of the University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza, home to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Museum admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is open until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of every month for Museum Nights.
For more information, call 352-392-9826 or visit www.harn.ufl.edu.
You can view a timeline of the Harn’s 25-year history at http://www.harn.ufl.edu/timeline.