Title: Inform magazine
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00076673/00003
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Title: Inform magazine
Alternate Title: In form magazine
Physical Description: v. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Publisher: Harn Museum of Art,
Harn Museum of Art
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Gainesville Fla
Publication Date: March/April 2007
Frequency: quarterly
Subject: Arts -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
periodical   ( marcgt )
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 1, no. 1 (winter 2004)-
General Note: "For members and friends of the Harn Museum of Art."
General Note: Title from cover.
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Volume ID: VID00003
Source Institution: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 54087133
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I'm sure you have noticed that the Ham's temporary
exhibitions this spring have a particular focus on the
arts of Africa. In the Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall,
Continuity and Change: Three Generations of Ethiopian
Artists tells the story of modern and contemporary art in
Ethiopia from the early years of Emperor Haile Selassie's
reign to the present. In the adjacent S.F.I. Rotunda Gallery,
Art of the Ethiopian Highlands from the Harn Museum
(C /11' ti',o showcases historical objects from the Ethiopian
Orthodox church tradition. These icon paintings; bronze
and brass processional crosses; and illustrated manuscripts
and mural paintings, which entered the collection in
2003, are being exhibited at the Harn for the first time. In
the Langley Foyer, IMAGinING TOBIA, a three-chanel
video installation by noted filmmaker Salem Mekuria,
explores Ethiopia's diverse landscapes, foregrounding the
country's immense physical and human potential while
acknowledging its many problems. In addition to these
exhibitions featuring Ethiopian art, African Arts of Heai',ig r* n*
and Divination continues through June 24 with works of
art from the museum's collection and loans from several
private collections.

The Ham's focus on African art is timed to coincide with s e t
an international conference at the University of Florida *
from March 28 to April 1, 2007. The 14th Triennial
Symposium on African Art of the Arts Council of the
African Studies Association (ACASA) is being hosted by
the College of Fine Arts, School of Art and Art History,
Center for African Studies and Harn Museum of Art. S
While some Triennial sessions will be open only to
conference registrants, others will be free and open to the aS
public, including the keynote address by Okwui Enwezor. a i
Enwezor, an internationally recognized scholar and curator sl i
of contemporary art, will speak on Thursday evening,
March 29 at the University Auditorium. Information on his -
lecture and other events of the Triennial can be found on
the conference Web site:

The Harn is offering a rich array of programs in. 5
conjunction with the African exhibitions this spring. a .
I hope you can join us for some of these stimulating U re e mb
educational events. .

Rebecca Martin Nagy, Ph.D.. e d chne
Director H a i Biga i

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Featured Exhibition

African Arts of Healing and Divination
February 20 -June 24, 2007
The 72 objects presented in this exhibition were selected
from the Harn collection and private collections to
illustrate the broad range of types of objects used in
African divination and healing practices, as well as their
extraordinary aesthetic qualities and iconographies.
Healing and divination are complementary practices
in many African societies where mind, body and
spirit are perceived as an integral whole. Healers and
diviners, usually described as mediums or oracles, are
knowledgeable of both nature and the supernatural
world and characterized as having extraordinary insight
that allows them to diagnose and cure maladies, or
solve health or social problems caused by malevolent
supernatural forces. These practitioners are invariably
equipped with a variety of objects to assist their
mediation during consultations, and they prescribe other
types for therapeutic purposes.

The artworks in the exhibition also reflect both local
and global influences and information as diviners,
healers and their clients seek more powerful and
effective medicines. To illustrate the scope of ideas and
techniques within local contexts, the exhibition includes
examples of groups of objects related to individual
systems, such as Ifa divination of the Yoruba people of
Nigeria; divination of Senufo and neighboring peoples
of C8te d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso; and those used for
divination and healing among the Yaka people of the
Democratic Republic of Congo. A large group of objects
represent the great concern for promoting fertility and
the health of mothers and children. Other objects were
chosen to represent the pervasive theme of spiritual
protection, providing examples of historical and
contemporary approaches of confronting, containing
and defusing negative, hidden powers that affect health
and well-being. The exhibition is curated by Susan
Cooksey, curator of African art, and made possible with
support from The Harn Program Endowment and the
Center for Arts in Healthcare Research and Education.

Support the Ham Museum

The Harn Museum budget is funded through a variety
of resources. Reaching stated financial goals assures the
Museum's fiscal responsibility, and further provides for
the means to produce excellent exhibitions and programs.
One example of support is gifts of real estate or other

The UF Foundation accepts gifts of real estate to benefit
various colleges and units. The Harn has received
numerous gifts of property that, when sold, have
provided proceeds to establish endowments, which help
fund the museum's strategic goals.

A life estate, another form of property gift, allows the
donor to retain certain rights associated with property
ownership during his or her lifetime.

The UF Foundation real estate department and the
Harn development department welcome a visit with you
regarding gifts of property. As always, the UF Foundation
staff will be pleased to provide information regarding the
potential tax benefits.

A house became an important painting for the Harn
collection...an empty lot became an endowment to
support educational programming.. another empty lot
became an endowment to support exhibitions. Imagine
turning your property into a real work of art.

Phyllis DeLaney, Director of Development

Museum News

Budd Bishop, director of
the Harn Museum of Art
from 1987 to 1998, has been
appointed by Tennessee
Governor Phil Bredesen to a
five-year term on the Tennessee
Arts Commission. The 15-
member Commission's mission
is to promote and fund arts
and arts education. Bishop is
a member of the board of the Upper Cumberland Arts
Alliance, a 14-county umbrella organization. Upon his
retirement from the Harn Museum in 1998, he was
the recipient of the Florida Art Museum Directors
Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, 1998; the
Southeastern Museums Conference's James R. Short
Award, 1998; and the Florida Association of Museums
Lifetime Achievement Award, 1997. Bishop now spends
his time as a landscape painter and an arts advocate.
Along with Harn curators Dulce Roman and Kerry
Oliver-Smith, he will be co-curating a Harn exhibition
of modern and contemporary art from the collection of
Steve and Carol Shey that will premiere in February 2008.

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