As you plan your activities during the holiday season, please
include several visits to the Har Museum of Art among the
festivities. You may choose to take advantage of our 2 p.m.
docent guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays to introduce
your family, friends and out of town guests to our constantly
evolving permanent collections and stimulating temporary
The featured exhibition currently installed in both the Gladys
Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall and the SFI Rotunda is unlike
any show the Harn has previously displayed. Promises of
Paradise: Staging Mid Century Miami will transport you to
Florida's tropical vacation and leisure capital of the 1950s and
'60s through architectural renderings and models, recreated
interiors, furniture, decorative arts and fashions.
S The vibrant and colorful exhibition Between the Beads:
Reading African Beadwork will delight visitors of diverse ages
and interests with its installation of beaded objects-hats, crowns, capes, staffs, dolls and sculpture-from
many regions of Africa.
You will find related art, jewelry, books, toys and games in the Har Museum of Art Store and can take
advantage of your member discount for holiday shopping. Remember that you can contribute to the work of
the museum by purchasing gift memberships for your family and friends. Gift membership will provide the
lucky recipient with enjoyment and enrichment throughout the year.
Complete your visits to the Har with a delicious meal, a glass of wine, or coffee and dessert in the Camellia
Court Cafe, which is open for lunch seven days a week.
Rebecca M. Nagy, Ph.D.
InForm is now available in digital format. If you wish to receive a PDF of this document by e-mail instead of a paper copy,
please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Har is now offering a quarterly e-mail announcement just for members. This e-mail will be filled with updates about the
new Asian wing, special articles by curators and store promotions in addition to your membership discount. Send your contact
information and e-mail address to email@example.com if you would like to receive this new membership benefit.
Uncommon Glazes: American Art Pottery, 1880-1950
celebrates the beauty, variety and innovation of artistic
ceramics made in America during the post-Civil War
era and the first half of the 20th century. The period of
industrial growth following the Civil War led to an ever
expanding middle class who sought aesthetically pleasing
decor with an emphasis on handcrafted objects of good
design. Art pottery-pottery used for decorating and not
for any practical function-played an important role in
the decoration of middle-class homes in America. This
exhibition presents about 30 examples by the leading
art potters of the period, such as Rookwood, Wheatley,
Roseville, Weller and Fulper. These examples are drawn
from several Florida collections, most notably that of Dr.
Max Nickerson, a University of Florida herpetologist who
has been acquiring American art pottery for the last 40
years. This original exhibition is curated by Har Curator
of Modern Art Dulce Roman.
T.J. Wheatley & Company
Cincinnati, Ohio (1880-1882)
Vase, late 1800s, earthenware
14 4 x 6 in. (36.2 x 16.5 cm.)
Loan from the Max. A. Nickerson Collection
December 10, 2008, 5:30 7:30 p.m.
Business and Professional Friends will enjoy an
additional 10 percent off in the Har Museum of
Art Store and enjoy a tour of Promises of Paradise:
Staging Mid Century Miami. Become a Business and
Professional Friend today, and join us quarterly for
Wednesday After Work. Admission is free for Har
Business and Professional Friend members, $10 for
Har household members and UF employees, and
$15 for prospective members.
Upcoming WAW dates
March 25, 2009 and June 24, 2009
December 11, 2008, 5 -8 p.m.
Sip champagne and delight in specialty chocolates
while benefitting from an additional 10 percent
off your purchases in the Har Museum of Art
Store. The discount offered is in addition to your
membership discount and will only be offered this
evening. This members-only evening of shopping
will include free gift wrapping. There will be an
opportunity to become a member at the door.
Bring a friend, and he or she can enjoy the fun as
well. Please RSVP by calling 352.392.9826 x154 or
e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1 if you
plan to attend.
Interested in making reservations for dinner
after a Har event? Continue the conversation
at these local restaurants that support the Harn.
4212 NW 16th Blvd.
7 SE st Ave.
3445 West University Ave.
BIG CITY FOOD
S New Deal Caf6
3445 West University Ave.
amo! Ti Amo
12 SE Second Ave.
March 7, 2009, 6 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a members-only preview of Fashioning
Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan, which
will feature nearly 100 exquisite kimonos dated
between the late 19th to early 20th century.
Thanks to your generous support, the 2008 -2009
series of dinners has been an overwhelming success.
Although the remaining dinners in the series are
sold out, there are opportunities to join us for the
2009 -2010 series featuring sumptuous cuisine and
engaging conversation. The new series of events
will be announced in the January/February issue of
InForm. Tickets to attend cost $150. Thank you to
Peter and Lisa Gearen, Rachel Tench and Philip and
Phyllis DeLaney for hosting the September through
Join us for the first event of the
2009 2010 Come for Dinner series
Latin Persuasion hosted by Hector Puig
April 9, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
Come for Dinner... enjoy Latin rhythms and food at
the home of gallery owner Hector Puig. Delight in
the best of Emiliano's Caf6 and the music of Gilberto
de Paz while perusing a wonderful collection of
Latin American art, a new collecting focus of the
In 2008 and 2009, we are planning to take trips to
art fairs in the United States and around the world.
Please take a look at the list of these future events,
and make plans to join us. Members at the Fellow
level ($250) and above are eligible. Space is limited
for each trip.
December 3 7, 2008
Art Basel, Miami Beach: www.artbasel.com
Art Basel is the most anticipated art fair in the
country. Hotel accommodations, three dinners
and two lunches are included in the cost of this
trip. You will receive a VIP card for special events
and opportunities, including visiting the homes of
important Miami collectors with the Har director
Trip cost: $4000/couple, $3000/individual
Travel to Miami is not included.
March 13- 18, 2009
Asia Week in New York: www.haughton.com/
asian, www.christies.com, www.sothebys.com
Auctions, Asian Art Fair, art gallery openings,
museum exhibitions-everything Asia. Traditional
to contemporary-something for everyone. You will
receive VIP admission to the art fair, cocktails at
Christie's and Sotheby's, information about bidding
at auction, invitations to gallery openings and
more! Hotel accommodations and three dinners are
included in the cost of this trip.
Trip cost: $5000/couple, $4000/individual
Travel to New York and venues around town is not
Art Basel, Switzerland: www.artbasel.com
Information forthcoming. Contact the membership
office to receive more information.
Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair:
Information forthcoming. Contact the membership
office to receive more information.
November 6, 2008
Haunch of Venison, Christie's in New York City:
We hope you were able to attend Hula at the
Harn on August 29. This event was part of a UF
Cultural Plaza celebration that took place the night
before the Gators defeated the Warriors from the
University of Hawaii.
left to right: Bill Hinshaw, Phyllis DeLaney, Rebecca Nagy and
University of Hawaii Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw
The Island Enchantment Dance Troupe of Gainesville perform for the crowd
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visually coded language to convey thoughts
about personal relationships, family ties,
wealth, religious beliefs, and social and
political standing. Between the Beads
illuminates the historical and cultural
contexts of bead use, meaning and producti. i
showing how beads of many materials, colo
sizes and shapes have embellished the humai
body and been used in sculptural displays.
The exhibition showcases approximately 10' i
works, including personal adornment, mask
and sculpture from the museum's collection I.,II
private collections. The exhibition is the resulli
of collaboration between Curator of Africar
Art Susan Cooksey and Assistant Professor
of Art History Dr. Victoria Rovine. Students in Dr. Rovine's
African textiles and garments class conducted research about the objects in the exhibition. Their
interpretive text will be used in Between the Beads and featured on the exhibition Web site,
which was developed with the UF Digital Library Center, Assistant Professor of Digital Media
Katerie Gladdys, and designed by Katherine McGonigle, digital media graduate student and Har
Museum of Art intern. You can visit the Web site at www.harn.ufl.edu/beadwork. This exhibition
is made possible by a gift from a generous donor with additional support from the Dr. Madelyn
M. Lockhart Endowment for Focus Exhibitions.
above: Yoruba people, Nigeria, Diviner's Bag (apo Ifa), 20th century, cloth, glass beads, leather, 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 1 1/2 in.
(24.8 x 24.8 x 3.8 cm.), museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Art Acquisition Fund
Through January 25, 2009
Promises of Paradise: Staging Mid Century Miami is a
groundbreaking exhibition devoted to the architects,
designers and urban planners of mid 20th-century Miami
and their contributions to American modernism. Through
a selection of more than 200 extraordinary objects from 30
lenders, the exhibition showcases the architectural designs,
furniture, textiles and decorative arts of some of South
Florida's most talented and innovative designers, such as
Alfred Browning Parker, Morris Lapidus, Igor Polevitzky,
George Farkas, Frederick Rank and Ken Treister. Their
collective vision shaped the indoor outdoor lifestyle for
which Florida is known today. Although the architects of
mid-century Miami are widely known, the craftsmen and
designers of decorative arts have been largely forgotten.
Promises of Paradise will be the first to showcase their efforts
and contributions to mid-century design. The exhibition
incorporates input from a wide range of scholarly fields,
such as architecture, history of design, city planning, historic
preservation, historical studies and tourism management. A
number of scholarly programs are planned to complement
the exhibition that will bring an interdisciplinary audience
to the University of Florida. Promises of Paradise: Staging
Mid Century Miami is organized by the Bass Museum of Art,
Miami Beach, and made possible by the National Endowment
for the Humanities. This exhibition is made possible locally by
ERA Trend Realty.
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Through May 12, 2009
Momentum explores the notion of time as it is expressed in contemporary art, focusing on
enduring traditions, changing cultures and radical breaks. The exhibition builds on ideas of
time introduced by the French Annales School in the mid and late 20th century. Advocates
of the school suggested that history and time, including geological history and the more
immediate time of singular events, unfolded in different modes and at different speeds.
Works highlighted in the exhibition include a painting by Kehinde Wiley, sculpture by Chul
Hyun Ahn and video by Yael Bartana. Thirty photographs by Andy Warhol were recently
added to the exhibition. These works are a part of a recent gift of 150 of the artist's original
Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the
Visual Arts. The exhibition is sponsored locally by the Talking Phone Book with additional
support from the 150th Anniversary Cultural Plaza Endowment.
Alfred Browning Parker, architect/designer, Rudi Rada, photographer
The Jewell Parker House, 1955, color photograph, 8 x 10 in.
Courtesy of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida
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This exhibition presents highlights from the
museum's holdings of modern American, European
and Latin American art spanning the mid-19th
century through the first half of the 20th century.
Featured works include landscapes, city views,
mural studies, portraits, figural studies and
sculpture by more than 40 artists. In addition,
this exhibition includes a special area devoted
to works on paper, such as charcoal and pencil
drawings, pastels and watercolors. Among the
artists represented are 19th-century artists Claude
Monet, Theodore Robinson and Auguste Rodin, and
20th-century artists Milton Avery, George Bellows,
Charles Burchfield, Suzy Frelinghuysen, Albert
Gallatin, Childe Hassam, Gaston Lachaise, Reginald
Marsh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Raphael Soyer and Hale
Woodruff. Made possible by the Eloise R. Chandler
Jerry Uelsmann, American, born 1934, The Edge ofSilence, 2007, pigment inkjet print
[Epson], 72 x 55 1/2 in. (182.9 x 141 cm.), gift of Jerry N. Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor
Through February 22, 2009
The University of Florida has been an important center for creative
photography since the 1960s and is especially noted for the experimental
and innovative work of its faculty and students. This exhibition features
the Harn Museum's strong holdings of works by influential faculty,
including Jerry Uelsmann (UF 1960-1997), Todd Walker (UF 1970-1977)
and Evon Streetman (UF 1977-1999). In addition, recent gifts by Robert
Fichter highlight this exhibition's inclusion of works by numerous UF
BFA and MFA graduates who have gone on to impressive careers. The
ongoing innovative energy of the university's teaching program is further
demonstrated by a sampling of video/multimedia works by current
faculty members Barbara Jo Revelle and Wes Kline. Made possible by
the Sidney Knight Endowment.
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Head ofa Woman
Ongoing (The Egyptian Head)
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into three geographically defined sub-collections: 13 1/8x n 1/2 x9pin.
Chinese art; Japanese and Korean art; and Indian, (33.3x21.6x22.9cm.)
Himalayan and Southeast Asian art. This ongoing Giftoffriendsofthe HarnMuseum
exhibition presents a selection of significant works
from all three sub-collections representing a broad range of historical periods and
genres. Ceramics and sculpture are especially prominent in the displays, which also
include bronzes, jades, lacquers, cloisonne enamels and paintings. The objects on
view represent only a fraction of the Harn Museum's total Asian collection, which is
one of the largest and finest Asian art collections in the southeastern United States.
New works of art are periodically rotated into the exhibition to keep it fresh and
interesting. Made possible by the Eloise R. Chandler Program Endowment.
This exhibition showcases the best of the Ham's African collection, one of the
largest African art collections in the Southeast, drawing attention to some recent
acquisitions not previously exhibited at the Harn. The exhibition emphasizes the
historical and geographical diversity and a range of mediums now well-represented
in the collection, including wood sculpture, masquerades, ceramics, textiles,
metalwork (including jewelry) and architectural elements. This exhibition also
focuses on works by identified artists or hands, including works by Osei Bonsu,
Ubah of Usufoia, Olowe of Ise and Agbonbiofe Adesina. Made possible by the Harn
Alfred Browning Parker, Architect
Sunday, November 9, 3 p.m.
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Dulce Roman, Curator of Modern Art
Sunday, November 16, 3 p.m.
Promises of Paradise: Staging Mid Century Miami
Explore themes from this engaging exhibition as
Roman discusses Miami's three great promises of
a great escape, a great city and a great home as
interpreted through the works on display.
Susan Cooksey, Curator of African Art
Sunday, December 7, 3 p.m.
Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Join Cooksey as she decodes the meanings
intertwined within the sub-Saharan African
beadwork on display, showcasing examples of
sculpture, personal adornment and masks.
Alfred Browning Parker, architect/designer, Ezra Stoller,
Photographer, Pacesetter House, Gables by the Sea
Black and white photograph, courtesy ofESTO Photographics
"Preserving the Recent Past in Florida"
November 6 9
The University of Florida College of Design,
Construction and Planning's Historic Preservation
Program and the Har Museum of Art are partnering
with the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and
the Florida Historical Commission to conduct this
statewide public workshop.
The program will include discussions, lectures and
events with the goal of producing a document that
will be specific to Florida and outline the criteria for
the designation of historic sites for official national
and state recognition. Additional information and
reservations can be obtained from Leanna Varner at
the University of Florida, Ivarner@dcp.ufl.edu or by
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Architect and Curator
Thursday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.
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Shulman will discuss his curatorial role in this
engaging exhibition and what it meant to be modern
in Miami during the post World War II decades. This
event is co-sponsored by the Historic Preservation
Barbara Jo Revelle, Artist and UF Professor of
Thursday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
Highlights from the Photography Collection:
University of Florida's Photographic Legacy
Join artist Barbara Jo Revelle for an engaging lecture
about her artwork that is represented in the current
photography exhibition. In addition to her insights
about the pieces on display, Revelle will discuss her
Harn Eminent Scholar Lecture
Organized by the School of Art and Art History
through the Har Eminent Scholar Endowment and
co-sponsored by the Har Museum of Art.
Margaret Werth, Associate Professor of Art
History, University of Delaware
Thursday, November 20, 6 p.m.
Modernity and the Face
Margaret Werth, associate professor of art history
and author of "The Joy of Life: The Idyllic in
French Art, Circa 1900," will speak about her
current project, a book with the working title
"Faces: Painting, Photography, Film, and Literature,
1860-1930." Werth studies representations of the
human face in painting, printmaking, photography
and film between 1880 and 1930. In her book,
she investigates how such images elaborate upon
changing ideas about subjectivity, identity, affect,
gender, sexuality, technology and visuality. She
received her master's and doctoral degrees from
Harvard University and has held fellowships from
the National Endowment for the Humanities and
the Georges Pompidou Art and Culture Foundation.
Werth was recently selected as a Clark Centre
Co-sponsored by the UF School of Architecture.
For lecture topics and updated information, contact
Mark McGlothlin, assistant professor, School of
Architecture, at email@example.com.
Chris Herr and Brad Tomecek
Monday, November 3, 6 p.m.
Monday, November 17, 6 p.m.
Children ages 2-5 and their parents learn about art
by touring Har galleries, exploring art materials,
books, games and age-appropriate concepts. Themes
are listed with upcoming dates below. Please register
three days in advance with Lisa Stevens by calling
352.392.9826 x112 or mailing Istevens@harn.ufl.
edu. Admission is free.
People in Art
Friday, November 7, 11 a.m. -noon
Sculpture with Model Magic Clay Projects
Friday, December 5, 11 a.m. -noon
To register, please call to check class occupancy
and then send a check for all fees with your name,
address, phone number and e-mail address to: Harn
Museum of Art, Attn. Mary Yawn, P.O. Box 112700,
Gainesville, FL 32611. Make checks payable to the
University of Florida. For more information call
352.392.9826 x112 or e-mail Istevens@harn.ufl.edu.
Artist/Instructor: Nicole Reno
Four Saturdays: November 1, 8, 15 and 22, 1 4 p.m.
$125 ($115 member's children); cost includes
Limited to 12 students, ages 6 11
Registration deadline: October 31
Register your children to join popular art instructor
Nicole Reno to create functional and decorative
clay pieces in this class. Participants will focus on
ceramic pieces throughout the museum and make a
slab construction treasure box, coil construction vase
and relief sculpture. These pieces will make great
gifts for the holidays.
Artist/Instructor: Linda Pence
Six Thursdays: January 15, 22, 29 and
February 5, 12, 19, 10 a.m. -noon
$130 ($115 members); cost includes materials
Limited to 16 students, beginner to intermediate
Registration deadline: January 5, 2009
Learn the fundamentals of watercolor technique
and materials with artist and well-known instructor,
Linda Pence. Practice paint application, color mixing
and achieving correct values. Explore the history
of watercolor painting and its place in gallery and
museum collections today.
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Sunday, November 2, 2 p.m.
Highlights from the Photography
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Sunday, November 16, 2 p.m.
Between the Beads: Reading Afn
Sunday, December 7, 2 p.m.
Momentum: Contemporary Art
from the Har Collection
Sunday, December 21, 2 p.m.
Highlights from the Asian Collect
Browse our selection of holiday decor
from Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade
retailer of handmade items.
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The Criser Internship is available to University
ican Beadwork of Florida graduate students and undergraduate
seniors who complete their internships during the
fall and spring semesters. Recipients receive a
$2,500 stipend and may be majoring in any field of
academic preparation. The Criser Internship may be
awarded to an intern in the administration, curatorial,
development, education, registration or marketing and
ion public relations department. Selection is based on the
applicant's suitability for the designated project and
strong writing, research and critical thinking skills.
The Ham is grateful for the generosity of Paula and
Marshall Criser for their vision and commitment to
providing this opportunity for deserving UF students.
Dr. Criser served as the eighth president of the
University of Florida, from 1984 1989.
It's a Great Time of Year to be a Member!
Enjoy a special members only evening of champagne
and chocolate while shopping at the store on December
11 from 5 8 p.m. Depending on the membership level,
members receive a 10 to 20 percent discount throughout
the year. An additional 10 percent off will be offered at
Give the Gift of Membership
Give the gift of membership, and support Ham exhibitions
and programs. Arriving in November, this uniquely
designed package is gift ready with a description of
The Har Museum of Art would like to thank the
following students who were awarded internships for
the fall. For information about the Har Museum's
internship program, visit www.harn.ufl.edu. The
deadline to submit applications for summer and fall
internships is March 1, 2009.
Marketing and Public Relations
Learn about many of the
architects featured in
Promises of Paradise from
"MiMo: Miami Modern
Revealed." This book is
the first comprehensive
survey of the rich
postwar architecture that
epitomizes the romance
and 1,. I I. 1 is Miami.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Annual Fund Appeal. Members and
friends really do make a difference in the museum's ability to operate given state
funding reductions. Because we understand that these cuts affect our community
broadly, we are especially grateful for your support. During the 2007 Fall Appeal,
the museum raised $11,975 from 65 respondents. The Spring 2008 Appeal saw
21 individuals contribute $5,275. Acknowledging that a total of 86 individuals
contributed $17,250 for general support to the Ham's greatest needs is indeed
gratifying. Response to these appeals is truly appreciated.
On another fundraising front, Come for Dinner has raised more than $11,000
to date. The second year of delightful evenings will be announced soon. As the
Ham's first signature fundraising event, Come for Dinner is receiving positive
feedback. We believe that these events will come to be prized tickets for the
unique opportunities they present to support the Ham and to enjoy evenings of
artful conversation. If you haven't signed up for a Come for Dinner, now is the
As the Ham works to generate funding from private and corporate foundations, it
is rewarding to reflect on the successful grants received to date in this fiscal year.
Noteworthy among these is a $100,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation
for the Visual Arts to support Project Europa, which will open at the Ham in
February of 2010. Curator of Contemporary Art Kerry Oliver Smith has been
working on this exhibition for several years, and the opportunity to put forward
funding requests well in advance of an exhibition is important. Furthermore,
receiving grant funding from this prestigious foundation serves as excellent
leverage as we seek the additional $150,000 to fully support the exhibition.
When reviewing the Ham's 2007 2008 annual report, take time to note the
generous donors to the Har and its programs. Also note the exhibition Between
the Beads and how the Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart Endowment for Focus
Exhibitions is highlighted for support. With a very clear vision for the Har to
work with UF faculty and enrich classroom experiences for UF students, Dr.
Lockhart established this fund, which will perpetually support this activity. In
this case, Curator of African Art Susan Cooksey worked with Victoria Rovine's
African studies class. As you will learn, students had hands-on experiences to
realize this project.
I hope that you are inspired by these few examples of financial generosity that
impact the museum. Giving small annual donations through the Annual Fund,
purchasing tickets for fundraising events, giving grants from family foundations,
and establishing endowed funds are some concrete examples of ways you
can support the unique programming of the Har Museum of Art, making it
available to this community and beyond.
Phyllis DeLaney, Director of Development
A window into a world of extraordinary beauty
and mystery, "China: 3,000 Years of Art and
Literature" reveals the glorious history of the
ancient and fascinating culture of the Chinese.
This volume traces China through its tales and
stories, plays and poetry, paintings and objects
- from ancient divinations incised on bovine
scapula to modern "people's literature" spawned
from revolution; from Song dynasty silk scrolls
depicting sublime mountain valleys to government
commissioned propaganda posters. "China"
juxtaposes text and images chronologically ordered
within each of eight thematic chapters: Birth &
Life, Nature & Environment, Love & Family, Mind
& Memory, Food & Drink, War & Politics, Religion
& Spirituality, Death & Afterlife.
Among the literary selections are the famous
"Book of Songs," the epic "Dream of Red Towers,"
the complex dramatic masterpiece "Romance of
the Western Chamber," and pieces from Confucius,
Laozi, Du Fu and Su Shi. More than a hundred
works of art from the ancient to the contemporary
accompany the text. The unique pairings in this
anthology will enrapture as they reveal, capturing
all who open these pages be they sophisticated
appreciators or eager novices of China. "China:
3,000 Years of Art and Literature" is available for
purchase in the Har Museum Store.
The relationship between literature and the visual arts
in China stretches back through several millennia. The
Har is proud to announce two recent acquisitions
of fan paintings dated to the last two dynasties in
Chinese history, the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing
Written in 1082, the poem "Rhapsody on Red Cliff,"
by Su Shi (also known as Su Dongpo, 1037-1101),
evokes memories and emotions Su experienced with
a group of scholarly friends while floating along the
Yangzi River. The impact upon Su was so great that he
composed two poetic expositions based on this outing.
Inspired by these poems, the late Ming dynasty painter
Sheng Maoye (ca. 1580 -ca. 1640) created "Boating
at the Red Cliff" in 1638 (pictured bottom). It is an
exceptional example of his unique styles of brushwork
and calligraphy upon a gold-leaf paper fan.
The poem "Song of the Pipa Lute," by the famous
Chinese poet Bo Juyi (772-846), recalls a time
during the year 815 when the poet was seeing off
a visitor and overheard the disquieting sounds of a
pipa lute being played by a woman on a riverside
boat. Bo, in exile and away from his family at the
time, hears in the lute's music the intimacy of his
own isolation, which is amplified by the woman's
delicate and emotive tones. Although separated
by more than 1,000 years, artist Ren Xun (1835
1893) was inspired by Bo's poem to create a gold
leaf paper fan illustrating Bo meeting the female
lute player on her boat (pictured top).
Both of these works will be on display this fall in the
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of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts
Council, and the National Endowment forthe Arts.
PERMIT NO 94
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