February 7 May 9, 2010
The first goal in the Harn's strategic plan
is "to weave the museum's programs
into the academic fabric of the University
of Florida in order to enhance student
learning experiences and support
university goals for research, teaching
and service." In advancing this goal, we
work hand in hand with university faculty
and students to develop innovative
exhibitions, produce publications
based on new scholarship, and present
stimulating and enriching educational
programs for diverse audiences. We are
indeed fortunate to be part of a great c-
research university and to draw on its
A dazzling exhibition of Brazilian art, .
Voicing Indigenous ARTifacts: Amazonian. '
Featherwork, closing September 15, "' '
was made possible by the Dr. Madelyn }
M. Lockhart Endowment for Focus
Exhibitions. This endowment supports
collaborations between Harn Museum curators and UF faculty members. On September 5, a symposium
featuring faculty in anthropology, ornithology, religion and law will explore a number of global issues
raised by this multifaceted exhibition drawn from the collections of our Cultural Plaza neighbor, the Florida
Museum of Natural History.
This fall the Harn partners with the School of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts to present the
45th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition. The exhibition features new work by 26 faculty members working in a
range of media. Organized for the Harn by Curator of African Art Susan Cooksey, who holds undergraduate
(studio art) and graduate (art history) degrees from the School of Art and Art History, the show is
accompanied by an online catalogue designed by alumni of the school's graphic design program, Morgan
Slavens and Ariella Mostkoff. The catalogue highlights the scholarship of art history faculty and the work of
studio art faculty who are represented in the exhibition.
A Sense of Place: African Interiors, another exhibition curated by Cooksey, is the focus of a course about
architecture in Africa being taught at the Harn Museum spring semester by Professor Donna Cohen of UF's
School of Architecture in the College of Design, Construction and Planning. Cohen's course is one in a series
of courses that have been taught at the Harn by UF faculty utilizing both the permanent collections and
temporary exhibitions as the focus for teaching and research.
Faculty who would like to work with the Harn to enhance their courses by offering their students direct
experience with original works of art can find information about how to do so on the faculty page of the
Harn's Web site. They are encouraged to contact Harn Museum educators and curators to plan courses, class
visits and other activities. We look forward to expanding our collaborations with our UF colleagues!
Project Europa considers the relationship of art to
democracy in Europe. In 1989, the expansion and
unification of Europe was conceived as a vital and
urgent social project to promote democracy and sustain
cultural difference. Now in the 20th anniversary year
of the fall of the Berlin Wall, works featured in the
exhibition question the promise and potential of Europe's
democratic dream. The works, which include large-scale
wall paintings, photography and video by 20 artists from
Turkey to the British Isles, explore the complex and subtle
relationship between art and politics. At the same time,
the reflection on Europe provides an opportunity for
American audiences to reconsider and reinvigorate our
understanding of democracy at home.
The exhibition is organized by Kerry Oliver-Smith for
the Harn Museum of Art and made possible by the Andy
Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the C. Frederick
and Aase B. Thompson Foundation; Etant donnes, the
French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, a program
of the French-American Cultural Exchange; the Harn
Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History; the Center for
the Humanities and the Public Sphere; the Center for
European Studies; and the France Florida Research
Institute; with additional support from the Sidney Knight
Endowment and the Harn Program Endowment.
144 x 300 in. (365.76 x 762 cm)
Site specific installation by Kader Attia
Rebecca Nagy, Ph.D.
The 2009 -2010 Come for Dinner series is currently sold out. Thank you to all those who purchased
tickets and to the Come for Dinner hosts and special guests. Your participation in these fundraisers
supports exhibitions at the Harn.
We look forward to presenting you with the 2010 -2011 series of events.
Friday, October 9, 6 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a Members pARTy celebrating the opening
of the 45th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition, featuring
works by UF School of Art and Art History studio
Help us grow our membership-bring a friend to join at
the door! For more information, contact Tracy Pfaff at
352.392.9826 x2154 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
image above: Bethany Taylor, 21st Century Albatross
2008, 144 X 144 X 2 in. (365.8 x 365.8 x 5.1 cm)
Engraving on recycled plastic
Courtesy of the artist, photo credit: Craig Colman
Continue the Conversation
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 First Ave.
3445 West University Ave.
New Deal Cafe
3445 West University Ave.
12 SE Second Ave.
Guests dine at Roy Graham's home at Come for Dinner in June.
At the final Wednesdays After Work gathering, the Har Museum honored Steve Shepherd and
Alta Systems Inc. as the 2008 -2009 Business and Professional Friend of the Year. Shepherd spoke
about his lifelong love of art and encouraged attendees to share their appreciation of the Har with
others. The June 24 event also featured a tour of Rediscovering Slobodkina: A Pioneer of American
Abstraction by Dulce Roman, curator of modern art.
Business and Professional Friends now enjoy admission to the Donors and Sponsors Lounge in the
Camellia Court Caf6 on the evenings of Har Members pARTies. To enjoy this special networking
opportunity with other business owners and Har curators, contact Tracy Pfaff at 352.392.9826
x2154 or email@example.com.
From left: Tracy Pfaff, Steve Shepherd, Phyllis DeLaney, Kelly Harvey and Jason Steuber
BIG CITY FOOD
September 15, 2009 February 28, 2010
This exhibition highlights more than a dozen portfolios in the Ham's photography
collection and examines the many reasons artists and collectors are attracted to this
format. Brought together as a group, the works suggest the rich diversity of the last
quarter century of photography.
The organizational concepts of the portfolios featured here are typically diverse.
Monographic portfolios by individual artists such as Jerry Uelsmann and Ken
Josephson provide special insights into the artist's work when seen together rather
than as isolated examples. Additionally the portfolio format encourages artists to
create concentrated thematic groupings such as Eliot Porter's China portfolio or Mark
Klett's Amid Generations series, photographed in the environs of Tallahassee.
Portfolios of artists who have been brought together because of their shared support
of a specific social cause or political issue are especially interesting examples of the
merger of artistic expression with charity, politics and the art market. Of special
note is the Ham's new acquisition of the portfolio By and About Women. The 10
contributing female artists made images about women, and some images feature
women at the Lotus House, a shelter for homeless women in Miami. The exhibition is
made possible by the Sidney Knight Endowment.
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Museum purchase, funds
provided by the Caroline
Julier and James G.
Through August 1, 2010
Art, Media and Material Witness explores the relationships between artists
and the historical, political and social challenges of their time. The exhibition
proposes the artist as a material witness, defined as "a witness whose testimony
is both relevant to the matter at issue and required in order to resolve the matter."
Twenty five artists from Africa, Latin America and the United States engage with
important issues through a variety of media. Each featured work gives compelling
testimony about the issues and conditions of its unique time and place in the
world. The works question and reflect on historical representations of culture and
identity. The exhibition is made possible by the 150th Anniversary Cultural Plaza
Through September 6, 2009
Rediscovering Slobodkina: A Pioneer of American Abstraction is a major
retrospective celebrating the life and work of Esphyr Slobodkina (1908-2002), a
pioneer in the development of abstract art and a founding member of the American
Abstract Artists group. The exhibition spans the artist's entire career, ranging from
her early artistic efforts of the 1920s to her final sculpture, completed in 2001
at age 92. The exhibition includes more than 60 paintings, drawings and mixed
media constructions that reflect Slobodkina's distinctive style based in collage and
assemblage. Rediscovering Slobodkina is organized by the Heckscher Museum
of Art, Huntington, N.Y., in association with the Slobodkina Foundation. The
exhibition is made possible locally by an anonymous donor with additional support
from the Eloise R. Chandler Program Endowment.
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This exhibition is comprised of works from the Ham Museum's African collection
and features objects from homes, palaces, shrines and other sacred spaces. Diverse
mediums and object types are represented, including sculptures, paintings, ceramic
vessels, textiles and architectural elements such as doors, window frames and roof
ornaments. Groups of objects are displayed to suggest particular spaces, including an
Owo Yoruba ancestral shrine, a Yoruba palace, a Bamana tent dwelling, an Ethiopian
church, a Somali pastoralist home, Igbo guardian deity shrines and a men's communal
house. Contextual images accompany each display and give the viewer a sense of how
art enhances and defines spaces for everyday activities, worship and royal courts. The
exhibition is made possible by the Ham Program Endowment.
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, the
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, Suzy Frelinghuysen, Raphael Soyer,
Hale Woodruff and Rufino Tamayo. The exhibition is made possible by the Eloise R.
Chandler Program Endowment.
Through September 13, 2009
Uncommon Glazes: American Art Pottery, 1880 1950 celebrates the beauty,
variety and innovation of artistic ceramics made in America from the late
19th to the mid 20th centuries. 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 during that time. This exhibition presents
45 examples by the leading art potters of the period, such as Rookwood,
Wheatley, Roseville, Weller and Newcomb. These examples are drawn
from several private collections, most notably that of Dr. Max Nickerson, a
University of Florida herpetologist who has acquired American art pottery
for the last 40 years, and the Two Red Roses Foundation. This exhibition
is organized by the Har Museum of Art and made possible by Jack and
Eileen Smith with additional support from the Eloise R. Chandler Program
Through October 2009
This exhibition focuses on the many ways that African beadwork "speaks" in
a 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 production, showing how beads of many materials, colors,
sizes and shapes have embellished the human body and have been used in
sculptural displays. The exhibition is the result of collaboration between
Curator of African Art Dr. Susan Cooksey and Assistant Professor of Art
History Dr. Victoria Rovine. Students in Rovine's Clothing and Textiles in
Africa class conducted research about the objects in the exhibition. Their
interpretive text is used in Between the Beads and featured on the exhibition
Web site, which was developed with the UF Digital Library Center; Katerie
Gladdys, assistant professor of digital media; Lourdes Santamaria Wheeler,
digital production supervisor; and Katherine McGonigle, digital media
graduate student and Har Museum of Art intern. You may visit the Web
site at www.harn.ufl.edu/beadwork. The exhibition is made possible by a
gift from a generous donor with additional support from the Dr. Madelyn M.
Lockhart Endowment for Focus Exhibitions.
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The Harn Museum's Asian art collection is divided into three geographically defined
sub-collections: Chinese art, Japanese and Korean art, and Indian, Himalayan and
Southeast Asian art. This ongoing 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. Art for
All Occasions: Collectors in China, Japan and Korea, an installation within the exhibition,
presents views about how traditional collectors of Asian art gathered, studied and lived
with their works of art. The exhibition is made possible by the Eloise R. Chandler
Through September 15, 2009
Voicing Indigenous ARTifacts: Amazonian Featherwork showcases nine spectacular
examples of indigenous Amazonian featherwork objects from the Florida Museum of
Natural History Amazonian Collection. The exhibition features headdresses, masks,
necklaces and other body ornaments constructed from the feathers of nine species of
birds and other materials from the rainforest of Brazil.
In presenting this selection of objects, the exhibition also acknowledges the plight of
endangered species used for the production of the objects on display. Voicing Indigenous
ARTifacts seeks to educate audiences about the issues of their appropriate use in
indigenous contexts and the problem of illegal exportation.
Sonia Duin, a Ph.D. candidate studying in the UF anthropology department, is the
guest curator of the exhibition. Dr. Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American art and
archeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, is the faculty consultant working
with Dr. Susan Cooksey of the Harn Museum. The exhibition is made possible by the Dr.
Madelyn M. Lockhart Endowment for Focus Exhibitions.
image right: Wayana-Apalai people, North Brazil, Orok (full-body mask)
20th century, after 1973, basketry, bark cloth, feathers, on loan from the
University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History Collection
Saturday, September 5
10:30 4:30 p.m.
Join these speakers as they offer insights
into the cultural and historical context for
body ornaments that can be viewed as
both artifacts and works of art. The diverse
topics of religion, ecology and art law
will be covered in engaging sessions. The
symposium is free and open to the public.
Renzo Duin, Doctoral Candidate,
Department of Anthropology,
University of Florida
"Performativity of Artifacts"
Sonia Duin, Doctoral Candidate,
Department of Anthropology, University
"Contextualization of the Amazonian
Collection: An Overview"
Dr. Michael Heckenberger, Associate
Professor, Department of Anthropology,
University of Florida; Affiliate Curator,
Florida Museum of Natural History
Dr. Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo, Assistant
Professor, Department of Anthropology,
University of Florida,
"Ecology of Religion"
Dr. Mary Kathleen Price, Associate
Dean, Frederic G. Levin College of
Law, University of Florida
Dr. David Steadman, Curator of
Ornithology, Florida Museum of
Dr. Robin Wright, Associate Professor,
Department of Religion, University of
"Anthropology of Religion"
Esphyr Slobodkina, Mural Sketch No. 1, 1937, oil on gessoed Masonite
9 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (24.1 x 57.2 cm), museum purchase, funds provided by the
Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund
Dulce Roman, Curator of Modern Art
Sunday, September 13, 3 p.m.
"Uncommon Glazes: American Art Pottery,
Take a look at artistic ceramics made in America from
the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries.
Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art
Sunday, September 27, 3 p.m.
"Art, Media and Material Witness"
Tour the exhibition of works that explore the
relationship between artists and the historical, political
and social challenges of their time.
David Taylor, Associate Professor of
Photography, New Mexico State University
Wednesday, September 16, 7 p.m.
"Working the Line: Photographs of the United States/
Join David Taylor for a look at his current photographic
work, which explores the dynamics of border patrol
issues in the United States. This event is co-sponsored
by the UF Common Reading Program and the School
of Art and Art History.
Bonsai Society of Gainesville
Sunday, October 25, 3 p.m.
"Highlights of Bonsai-Art and Culture of Gardening"
Join us for an engaging look at the art of Bonsai.
Thursday, October 8, 6- 9 p.m.
Learn about the works in the 45th Annual UF Art
Faculty Exhibition from the artists themselves.
Sponsored by UF Student Government, Museum
Nights is now presented once per semester at the Har
and the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Saturday, October 10, 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $75 ($20 for students)
Topics cover start up issues, strategic marketing and
the use of technology for visual and performing artists
in Gainesville. This workshop is supported by the UF
Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the School
of Art and Art History, the School of Theater and
Dance, the School of Music, the Har Museum of Art
and Alta Systems Inc.
Sunday, October 4, 3 p.m.
Join us to preview selections from the upcoming
season of the PBS Art:21 series about contemporary
art, and explore the Harn galleries to view works
by the featured artists. Come early to enjoy a 2 p.m.
spotlight tour about the contemporary collection.
Bring the children and enjoy hands-on art
activities that complement a family-friendly
gallery experience. Family Day is made possible by
a generous grant from the Wachovia Foundation.
Saturday, October 24, 1- 4 p.m.
Join us for a tour of A Sense of Place: African
Interiors. Afterward, children will have the
opportunity to create their own African-inspired
butterfly batik art.
Children ages 2 5 and their parents learn
about art by touring Harn galleries, exploring
art materials and age-appropriate concepts.
Please register three days in advance with
Lisa Stevens by calling 352.392.9826 x2112 or
e-mailing Istevens@harn.ufl.edu. Tot Time is made
possible by a generous grant from the Wachovia
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Friday, September 4, 11 a.m.- noon
Tuesday, September 29, 3:30 4:30 p.m.
Customs and Cultures
Friday, October 2, 11 a.m.- noon
Tuesday, October 27, 3:30- 4:30 p.m.
These events are co-sponsored by the Latina
Women's League of Gainesville. Admission is free.
Margot Benacerraf, Araya
Tuesday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.
Come to view Araya, a tribute to women in film.
Patrick Mullins, Bracero Stories
Saturday, September 19, 2 p.m.
After viewing this film about Latino history and
immigration, experience a gallery talk by Curator
of Contemporary Art Kerry Oliver-Smith at 4 p.m.
Oliver-Smith will discuss selected pieces by Latin
American artists featured in Art, Media and
Material Witness: Contemporary Art from the Ham
Luis Mandoki, Voces Inocentes
Saturday, September 26, 2 p.m.
View Voces Inocentes, a film about human rights.
Alex Rivera, Sleep Dealer
Saturday, October 3, 2 p.m.
Enjoy this science-fiction film introduced by Alex
Rivera, director of Sleep Dealer.
Ricardo Arnaiz, La Leyenda de la Nahuala/
The Legend of the Nahuala
Saturday, October 17, 2 p.m.
Bring your children to see La Leyenda de
Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charlone, El
Baio del Papa/The Pope's Toilet
Saturday, October 24, 2 p.m.
Following this humorous drama with a social
message, Curator of Modern Art Dulce Roman
will discuss selections by Latin American artists
featured in the works on paper section of
Highlights from the Modern Collection.
Michael Godby, Professor of Art History, Department
of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town, South
Thursday, September 3, 6 p.m.
"Then and Now: Changes in South African Photography
Between the Struggle of the 1980s and the New Millennium"
Michael Godby is one of the most respected voices in the
vibrant South African contemporary art scene. His lecture
addresses the work of important photographers from the
"struggle" era of the 1980s to the present.
Marsha Haufler, Professor of Later Chinese Art, Kress
Foundation Department of Art History, University of
Thursday, September 10, 6 p.m.
"Buddhist Visual Culture of Ming Beijing"
Marsha Haufler is the preeminent Western scholar in Chinese
art history and an expert on Chinese painting. She is a
pioneer in many subfields, especially in women's art in late
Ming-ke Wang, Professor and Director of Chinese
Ethnographic Project, Institute of History and Philology,
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Wednesday, September 23, 6 p.m.
"Photographing Peripheral Nationals in China (1920s-1940s)"
Ming-ke Wang is research fellow at the Institute of History
and Philology at Academia Sinica. In this talk, he explores
three interrelated themes: the role of ethnographic
photographs and texts in shaping images of a minority
nationality, the interrelation between the ethnographical
photography as a genre and the contextual reality of minority
nationality in the Chinese nation, and the role of native
intellectuals in demonstrating their self image.
Graham Beal, Director, Detroit Institute of Arts
Wednesday, September 30, 6 p.m.
"What's the Big Idea? A Museum for the People"
Graham Beal has been the director and CEO of the Detroit
Institute of Arts since 1999. Notably, Beal has served as chief
curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, chief curator
at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and director of
the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Christopher M.S. Johns, Norman and Roselea Goldberg
Professor of History of Art and Chair, Department of
History of Art, Vanderbilt University
Thursday, October 8, 6 p.m.
"The Grand Tour and the Rediscovery of Antiquity in the 18th
Christopher Johns has published books and articles about
the relationship between art and politics, the history of art
academies and patronage, cultural exchanges between Europe
and East Asia in the 18th century and the role of religion in
art. He has published particularly extensively about the public
motivations for commissioning works of art in early modern
Amy McNair, Kress Foundation Department of Art
History, University of Kansas
Friday, October 30, 6 p.m.
"Is This Writing Barbarous? A Medieval Chinese Stele and Its
20th Century Reception"
Amy McNair is the preeminent scholar in Tang dynasty
calligraphy and Buddhist art. Her recent book about Buddhist
inscription in the cave site of Longmen in Henan Province,
"Donors of Longmen: Faith, Politics, and Patronage in
Medieval Chinese Buddhist Sculpture," is a very important
step in research about Chinese calligraphy, combining with
the cultural understanding of Buddhism in Medieval China.
University of Florida
Join a knowledgeable docent for an in-depth look at a
particular exhibition or collection area. This is a great
experience following lunch at the Camellia Court Cafe.
Sunday, September 6, 2 p.m.
A Sense of Place: African Interiors
Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m.
Highlights from the Photography Collection: Portfolios
Sunday, October 4, 2 p.m.
Art, Media and Material Witness: Contemporary Art
from the Harn Museum Collection
Sunday, October 18, 2 p.m.
Highlights from the Modern Collection
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Have questions about works of art at the Harn Museum?
Knowledgeable docents wearing "ask-me" ribbons are
stationed around the galleries to engage in informal
conversations and answer questions about the works on view.
Saturday and Sundays, 2 p.m.
Drop in for an engaging docent-led tour that explores
current exhibitions and new installations, offering valuable
insight into both new and familiar works of art. Every visit is a
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Round out your UF football experience.
Four Friday nights this season, enjoy extended hours at the Harn Museum of Art and the
Florida Museum of Natural History before attending a performance at the Phillips Center
for the Performing Arts. The museums are extending their hours to 7 p.m. Phillips Center
performances begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.culturalplaza.ufl.edu.
Prices for performances vary. Admission is free to the Harn and certain exhibitions at
the Florida Museum. For dinner, visit the Camellia Court Caf6, which will serve until 6:30
p.m. Call 352.392.2735 for reservations, which are recommended.
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University of Florida Performing Arts presents Carrie Newcomer, a soaring songstress
performing music about the small joys and pains in life. See a diverse array of exhibitions
at the Harn Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Natural History.
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Gainesville natives Sister Hazel return to their old stomping grounds to perform the
band's exceptional blend of alternative rock, folk and southern rock. See Highlights from
the Photography Collection: Portfolios at the Harn Museum, and experience the Butterfly
Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Visit www.culturalplaza.ufl.edu for more information about Friday
Night Sights events on November 6 and November 27.
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I love my job! The privilege of working with art professionals, philanthropists, collectors and museum members to make things happen for the Harn is exhilarating
and a true honor. A growing constituent group added to the list above is University of Florida students. After all, this is a university art museum.
One need not look further than the museum galleries to see students taking notes for projects, participating in classes or strolling through exhibitions with friends
on a Museum Nights evening. During the past nine years, working with students during the creation of Museum Nights and engaging with members of UF Student
Government has sparked my realization of this developing alumni base of former students who held internships, who volunteered, who had part-time jobs and who
just love coming to the museum.
The distinct joy of meeting alumni throughout the Gator Nation is part of the love of my work to raise funds to support the museum. The reality is that UF graduates
who have been engaged in some way with the Harn are a growing force. Go to New York and meet up with them at their jobs at Sotheby's and Christie's, MoMA and
the Guggenheim. Go to their studios, or visit their galleries. We affectionately refer to our unofficial tag line, "The Harn, Official Art Museum of the Gator Nation,"
and these alums share that affection.
I was recently reminded of the potential that lies ahead for the Harn of tomorrow when Rebecca and I received an enthusiastic
e-mail from former UF Student Body President Joe Goldberg, who now resides in Miami and attends Florida International
University Law School. Joe and his wife Susie were on a cruise, and he shared, "One of the evenings Susie and I participated in an
art auction, and we were talking about how proud the two of you would have been! We were by far the youngest people in the
crowd, and we bid on two pieces of art, and we got them both! We are starting our collection (like you have taught us to do). We
owe our love of the arts to the Harn and to the hard work and dedication of both of you! Thank you, thank you, thank you." I had
to share this with Harn members and friends, because the influence of the work of the museum, so generously supported by you,
ripples out in the world in marvelous ways.
This e-mail reminded me of another e-mail from former Gotham Gators President and UF Business School alumnus Rich Scavetta.
He was inquiring about his lapsed membership from London, where he works in an international banking capacity. He and his
wife, Janice, came to know the Harn from our visits to New York and art events that the Harn organized with and for alumni. It
is heartening to know that he values his membership from afar, and, more importantly, to know he values supporting the Harn.
And, by the way, Rich and Janice have sent enthusiastic reports of their first art acquisitions, too!
As I work on the capital campaign, Florida Tomorrow, I know that the work with students here at UF and following their progress
after graduation is a key to the future success of the Harn Museum of Art. I do love my job, especially the work that I do for
Former UF Student Body President Joe
Goldberg and his wife, Susie
Phyllis DeLaney, Senior Director of Development
The Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. During the last academic year, the museum has
collaborated with various colleges, centers and organizations to promote a creative campus, weaving the Harn Museum into
the academic fabric of the university. Below are a few highlights.
"Collectors, Collections and Collecting the Art of
Ancient China: Histories and Challenges." was held
in February. The symposium featured 11 eminent
scholars. Because of generous support from the E.
Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the
symposium papers will be published.
In collaboration with the Baldwin Library of Historical
Children's Literature, the English Department and
the School of Art and Art History, the Harn Museum
sponsored a panel discussion about Almost Alice: New
Illustrations of Wonderland by Maggie Taylor.
The museum hosted a panel discussion titled "A
Thirst for Change: Awareness to Action." This panel
was co-sponsored by the Department of Religion
and the Center for Women's Studies and Gender
Research. It was related to Cross Currents in Recent
Video Installation: Water as Metaphor for Identity.
The museum hosted the MFA photography students'
final critiques. Students from the film and media
studies program also presented their work during
The museum continued its strong partnership with
UF Student Government to offer Museum Nights. The
program, which keeps the museum open for extended
hours, offers the opportunity for visitors to appreciate
the works of art on display and enjoy interactive
activities. Museum Nights is continuing this year with
events on October 8, 2009 and February 11, 2010.
In addition to this educational programming, tours and
experiential learning opportunities are available for all
University of Florida classes. The Harn is proud to be
part of the Gator Nation.
image above: One of Dixie Nielson's Museum Studies classes meeting with art conservator Rustin Levenson to examine an Ethiopian mural painting with Director Rebecca Nagy
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