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As our valued
members and friends,
you should always
be the first to know
what is happening at .r
the Harn Museum
of Art. After this issue of InForm, the museum's
members' magazine will have a new look and be
smaller in scale. This change is in accordance with the
University of Florida's request that all units reduce
print-related expenses by 20 percent. While helping
to contain expenses, this measure also contributes to
the university's goals for environmental sustainability.
We also have two new features of membership: a free
subscription to MutualArt and a quarterly e-mail
announcement for members (see next page). Please send il
an e-mail to email@example.com if you would like
to take part in these exciting new features.
With guidance from Alexander Haas Martin and
Partners, an Atlanta-based consulting firm, and with
input from many museum stakeholders, the Harn
staff recently completed a new five-year strategic plan
for 2008-2013. I would like to share with you the
Museum's values, five broad institutional goals from
the new plan and our vision statement. As always, our
mission is printed on the back of InForm. Each museum
department has a detailed action plan that supports
achievement of the five broad goals. The complete
strategic plan will be posted on the museum's Web site.
We look forward to pursuing these ambitious goals over
the next five years.
Rebecca Martin Nagy, Ph.D., Director
New Member Benefits
Beginning in May 2008, Harn membership will include
a site subscription to MutualArt.com, a revolutionary
new online information service. MutualArt.com compiles
current exhibition and event information from hundreds
of museums around the world, as well as the latest art
news, all on one Web site! To receive your special access
code, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another new benefit for Harn members will be a quarterly
members-only e-mail featuring special information,
reminders about member events and coupons. If you
would like to subscribe to this list, please send an e-mail to
email@example.com with your first and last name.
Come for Dinner...
We invite you to Come for Dinner... and help support
Harn exhibitions! Tickets are still available for the next
two dinners in our exciting year long series. Call Tracy
Pfaff to reserve your place for these and future events!
Glass Blast and More hosted by Peter and Dixie Neilson
May 16, 6:30 p.m.
Come for Dinner... meet local collectors while enjoying
an enchanting evening in their home featuring a collection
of notable works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Dale
Chihuly, Hiram Williams and Jerry Uelsmann. Enjoy a
glass blowing demonstration and take-home mementos by
local glass artists Sky Campbell and Sarah Hinds.
Cutting Edge Africa: Art and Artists of Our Times hosted
by Rebecca Nagy
June 18, 6:30 p.m.
Come for Dinner... join Curator of African Art Susan
Cooksey for delectable North African cuisine and
stimulating conversation. Learn about the Ham's recent
Ethiopian contemporary art acquisitions and current
exhibition of African video art while dining at the home of
Rebecca Nagy, Director of the Harn.
Hosts and hostesses of "Come for Dinner..." are the
founding members of the Ham's newly established
Exhibition Circle. Another option to join the Exhibition
Circle is through an outright donation. The funds
generated for this "giving circle" will collectively support
the work of Harn curators. Please consider hosting a
dinner in 2009 or make a $5,000 contribution to the
Exhibition Circle Fund. Either way, you will enjoy special
privileges while making a real impact at the Harn.
Keep an eye out for our Annual Fund mailing, which
should arrive in early May. Donations given to the Annual
Fund are in addition to your membership, and go toward
the greatest needs of the museum, whereas membership
funds are used to provide member pARTies and InForm.
A gift to either the Annual Spring or Fall appeal is 100%
tax deductible and a very important component of
budgetary support for the museum. Thank you in advance
for considering participation in unrestricted giving.
Crosscurrents in Recent Video Installation:
Water as a Metaphor for Identity
June 17 September 7, 2008
Crosscurrents in Recent Video I,tailli, iin: Water as
a Metaphorfor Identity, was organized by curators
Pamela Allara of Brandeis University and Peter
Probst of Tufts University. This travelling exhibition
presents recent video installations by four international
artists with ties to Africa: Zwelethu Mthethwa,
IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Moataz Nasr and Berni
Searle. In each work, the amorphous quality of water is
explored as a metaphor for shifting notions of identity,
migration and memory-of fluidity and instability, of
violence, of traumatic loss of life and of spiritual rebirth.
Water pertains to a world where cultures are no longer
rimmed by territorial boundaries but seep across given
national borders and continental shores. Water facilitates
passages, but also erodes solid entities; it changes
character and refuses containment. Water conceptually
speaks to the invisible currents that drive the dissolution
of familiar categories of race, nation and identity, and
to the dilution and loss of cultural heritage-all central
issues today in contemporary post-colonial art and
The artistic positions presented in Crosscurrents
comment on these issues in ways as diverse as the artists'
backgrounds and experiences. With good reason, the
artists prefer not to be identified as African', as they
all come from countries rich with diverse cultures and
histories. Two are from South Africa, one originally from
Kenya and another from Egypt. Yet, as Kenyan author
Binyavanga Wainaina has recently noted, westerners
"treat Africa as if it were one country." Challenging
and thought-provoking, the works displayed in this
exhibition are not only an invitation to reflect upon
water as a metaphor for identity and contemporary
experience, but also an occasion to rethink and question
our own ideas about Africa, locality and the politics
of violence and exclusion in a time of globalization.
Funding provided by the Harn Program Endowment
and The Talking Phone Book.
top: IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Down by the River, 2001
Video projection, light object, red soil with text
By Dulce RomSn
Harn Museum Curator of Modern Art
American, born Russia, 1908-2002
Mural Sketch #1
Oil on masonite
9 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (24.3 x 57.15 cm.)
Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier
and James G. Richardson Art Acquisition Fund
Esphyr Slobodkina was a pioneer in the development
of abstract art in America and was a founding member
of the American Abstract Artists group. Born in Siberia
and raised in remote industrial outposts, Slobodkina first
learned design from her mother, a couture dressmaker.
Upon graduation from high school in 1927, Slobodkina
emigrated to the United States and the following year
began studies at the National Academy of Design in
New York City. In 1931 she met fellow Russian artist
Ilya Bolotowsky. whom she later married, and quickly
absorbed abstract styles under his tutelage. During the
Depression, Slobodkina worked as a dressmaker and
textile designer and incorporated this experience into
her artwork. Her paintings reflect her interest in collage,
with flat, layered forms and carefully constructed
arrangements inspired by textile designs.
Mural Sketch #1 represents a design for an unidentified
mural project and incorporates elements from
Slobodkinas work in collage and assemblage. The
flattened, abstracted style with interlocking forms and
pure color reveal Slobodkinas highly refined sense of
artistic style and astute sensitivity to color. Acquired by
the Harn in December, Mural Sketch #1 will be included
in the exhibition Esphyr Slobodkina: Rediscovering
a Pioneer in American Abstraction, organized by the
Slobodkina Foundation. This major retrospective
exhibition opens at the Harn in June 2009 and travels to
additional venues through 20 10.
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
S Support the Harn Museum
Florida Tomorrow is the University of Florida's
comprehensive campaign to raise $1.5 billion, impacting
every corner of the university. The Harn is a part of
this campaign, and as such has several goals specifically
tailored to the museum. Campaign goals for the Harn
are: support for museum professionals; support for art
acquisitions and collections care; support for exhibitions,
publications and programs; and support for museum
grounds and facilities. In this issue ofInForm, I want
to focus your attention on the third goal: support for
exhibitions, publications and programs.
The Harn Museum of Art consistently produces a wide
variety of challenging and innovative exhibitions and
stimulating educational programs. Exhibition support
is at the very heart of fundraising for the museum.
While state support is dwindling, corporate support is
steadily growing for the Harn. In addition, a perpetual
stream of endowment income is critical for exhibition
planning. The ultimate Florida Tomorrow goal at the
Harn is to achieve a minimum $5 million influx in
endowments for exhibition support, which would
infuse $200,000 spendable income annually into the
exhibition budget. This represents the most important
work of the museum: exhibition of the collections and
of loaned artwork to benefit the visitor experience.
A minimum endowment of $30,000 can add to this
ambitious goal while collectively, support for exhibitions
through endowments will lead to this goal's realization.
Furthermore, the opportunity to create biennial-or
triennial-named exhibitions through an endowment is
an example of a fitting legacy for a donor.
Catalogues accompanying exhibitions continue to
be an integral priority as curators work to publish
the museum's collections and advance the museum's
presence as a leader among university art museums.
Consider creating an endowment to support
publications. This is another fitting tribute, as each
publication supported by this perpetual stream of
income will carry the endowment name.
Educational programs for all ages are another
component of the museum's work. Lectures and artist
visits bring exhibitions to life, fulfilling the Ham's
mission. Endowment funds to support named lecture
series, visiting artists and scholars are just a few
examples of the programming possibilities that make
art accessible to a diverse audience. This aspect of the
museum's work truly advances teaching and research
and serves as a catalyst for creative engagement.
Consider your potential to support Florida Tomorrow at
the Harn Museum of Art: an outright gift, a pledge to the
campaign, or a bequest. Contact me to discuss how you
can have a meaningful role in this campaign.
Director of Development
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