Past Exhibitions



(detail) Jerry Uelsmann, "Flamingos Visit Yosemite," 1985, Gelatin silver print, Gift of Melvin and Lorna Rubin

The Tree of Life

August 22 – January 14, 2018
The Dorothy and E. Robert Langley Foyer

The Tree of Life addressed the importance of biodiversity and the interrelation of all species on earth. The exhibition explored these themes through a selection of prints and photographs depicting Florida species, as well as a touch table with interactive and video elements.

Antoine Vestier, French, 1740 - 1824, "Allegory of the Arts," 1788, oil on canvas, The Horvitz Collection

Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment

October 6 - December 31, 2017
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Nearly 120 drawings, pastels, paintings and sculptures by prominent French artists of the eighteenth and early nineteenth-century were on loan from one of the most comprehensive and superb private collections of its kind.

(Detail) Alfredo Ramos Martínez, "Reina Xóchitl (Xóchitl Queen)," Gouache on newsprint, n.d., Gift of friends of the Harn Museum of Art

Spotlight: Latin America

November 8, 2016 – November 12, 2017
Julia C. and Budd H. Bishop Gallery

Spotlight: Latin America celebrated the contributions of 37 artists from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. The works—roughly 50 in all—were drawn mostly from the Harn’s collections with additional loans from private Gainesville collectors. The exhibition included Spanish translations of the gallery interpretation.

Larry Schwarm, "Burning sugar cane, Bayou Tesch, Louisiana," Neg: 2004, Print: 2016, Archival inkjet print, Museum purchase with funds provided by The Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

The Same But Different

May 2 - October 22, 2017
Rubin Gallery

The Same But Different celebrated the Harn’s growing photography collection. It highlighted more than 90 photographs by 50 photographers arranged in 13 themes. The images in each theme shared a visual or conceptual component that was then interpreted through each photographer’s unique sensibility. 

Blank Space: A Gallery of Activity and Imagination

June 27 - August 27, 2017
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Blank Space invited visitors to create, respond and play in the museum. The gallery featured interactive installations; scheduled opportunities for yoga, storytelling and dance performances; and art by students.

Alessandra Sanguinetti, "Belinda, Chick and Clock," 2000, Chromogenic development print, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

Intra-Action: Women Artists from the Harn Collection

September 20, 2016 – July 16, 2017
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

Intra-Action celebrated 36 international women artists working from the mid-20th century to the present, including the groundbreaking, radical collective called The Guerrilla Girls. More than 70 works challenged patriarchal domination, notions of gender, identity and the art world itself.

Yelimane Fall, Jawartu, Verse, 2002, Acrylic on canvas, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

Shore Lines: Art across the Sahel

Through June 2017
Langley Foyer

Sahel, meaning “shore” in Arabic, refers to the region bordering the Sahara Desert. Art in the Sahel reflects assimilation of diverse cultural and visual ideas that have enriched this region for centuries. Shore Lines: Art Across the Sahel presented historical and contemporary works from the Harn’s collection made by artists who live in the Western Sahel, including the nations Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad. 


(detail) Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Veduta della Piazza di Monte Cavallo (View of the Piazza di Monte Cavallo [now the Piazza del Quirinale with the Quirinal Palace]), from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), 1750, Etching, The Arthur Ross Collection

Meant to Be Shared

January 31, 2017 - May 28, 2017
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Beginning in the late 1970s, philanthropist Arthur Ross (1910–2007) avidly collected works of art by some of the most renowned printmakers of the last three centuries. The Arthur Ross Collection eventually came to comprise more than one thousand eighteenth- to twentieth-century Italian, French, and Spanish prints of the highest quality.

(Detail) Cundo Bermúdez, "Reposo (Repose)," 1991, Silkscreen, Collection of Martha and Frank Burr

The Art of Cundo Bermúdez

November 8, 2016 - May 21, 2017
Harn Grandchildren Foyer

Cuban artist Cundo Bermúdez is best known for his use of color in his paintings, prints and murals. This exhibition highlighted four prints from the renowned artist and included Spanish translations of the gallery interpretation. 

Nickolas Muray, "Frida Kahlo on White Bench, New York (2nd Edition)," 1939, color carbon print, Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art

Mirror, Mirror ... Portraits of Frida Kahlo

June 28, 2016 - April 2, 2017
Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was among the most photographed women of her generation. What photographers found intriguing was her uninhibited humor and charm, overt sensuality and rare beauty and style.

Lynsey Addario, (detail) "Waiting to Be Transported, Syrian Refugee, Northern Iraq, August 20, 2013"

Aftermath: The Fallout of War—America and the Middle East

August 16, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

The United Nations reports there are more displaced people in the world today than ever before due to war, conflict and persecution. Aftermath: The Fallout of War brings together the work of twelve contemporary photographers, both American and from the Middle East, who explore the effects of war on civilians and the environment.

Photo by Lisa Homann, taken in Sya district, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Dancing in the Moonlight: Zara Masks of Burkina Faso

October 27, 2015 - October 9, 2016
Julia C. and Budd H. Bishop Gallery

The exhibition focuses on a masking tradition of the Islamized Zara peoples of Burkina Faso, called Lo Gue, or White Masks.

Katsumata Chieko, "Akoda Pumpkin," 2013, sanded glazed stoneware, on loan from the Horvitz Collection

Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection

October 7, 2014 - September 18, 2016
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing

The exhibition features ceramic works by artists inspired by both traditional themes and the avant-garde. Tensions between form and functionality, traditional and modern, national and international are often evident across works in the exhibition and within individual works.

Carleton E. Watkins, "Glacier Point, 3,257 feet, Yosemite, California," c. 1870, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Melvin and Lorna Rubin Endowment

Framing Nature: The Living World in Art

February 2 – July 17, 2016
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Framing Nature: the Living World in Art takes a dynamic view of the artistic engagement with nature across cultures. The exhibition offers challenging and enriching perspectives on how we see and understand the natural world through the eyes of artists and makers from around the globe.

Capturing Nature: The Insect World in Art

March 15 - July 17, 2016
Dorothy and E. Robert Langley Foyer

Capturing Nature: The Insect World in Art explores the naturalist illustrations of four artists who were active in the 18th century: John Abbot, Mark Catesby, Moses Harris and Maria Sibylla Merian.

Michael Kenna, "Washington Monument, Study 7, D.C., USA," Negative: 2001, Print: 2001, gift of Melvin and Lorna Rubin and museum purchase, funds provided by the Harn Curator of Photography Endowment

Michael Kenna: Haiku

December 22, 2015 - June 5, 2016
Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

Sixty-six photographs by Michael Kenna depict nature and the manmade from countries around the world.

Sixty-six photographs by Michael Kenna depict nature and the manmade from countries around the world. - See more at:
Sixty-six photographs by Michael Kenna depict nature and the manmade from countries around the world. - See more at:
Dawoud Bey, "Seth/Chantal," First Year Florida Project, 2010

Dawoud Bey: First-Year Florida Re-Visited

October 6, 2015 - March 6, 2016
Grandchildren Foyer

In 2011, acclaimed photographer Dawoud Bey made portraits of ‘first-year” UF students and asked them to write of their “hopes, dreams and fears.” Five years later, the Harn displayed these images again after contacting these same students inviting them to write about their UF experience—several responded. Their comments—“Then” and “Now”—are exhibited with the original portraits.

Chris Marker, Gay-Lussac Nite (Paris, May 1968), Printed in 2007, Museum purchase, gift of the Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Foundation

Contesting Terrain

August 18, 2015 - April 3, 2016
S.F.I. Exhibition Hall in Honor of Avery Myles

Artists in this exhibition contest history and the definition of art itself. They push boundaries and claim new terrain, testing the parameters of aesthetic experience while creating new models of visual meaning.  Resisting the idea of aesthetic purity, they deny the separation between the realm of the artwork and the realm of the political. This exhibition traces this tendency beyond Europe and the United States in the West to include artists from Africa, Latin America and China.

Joel Shapiro, "Untitled," sculpture, gift of Carol and Stephen Shey

Conversations: A 25th Anniversary Exhibition

September 25, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Conversations: A 25th Anniversary Exhibition provides an opportunity to mark the Harn Museum’s anniversary through an installation that celebrates the growth of its collections over the past 25 years. The exhibition features roughly 125 works representing more than 100 artists.

Andrea Geyer, "Insistence," 2013, Video (color, sound), 15:21 min.

Film: Insistence

August 18 - December 11, 2015
Cofrin Pavilion

This film traces the history of women’s work on the development of the Modern Project in New York City and beyond during the 1920s and 1930s.

Jerry Uelsmann, "Untitled," 1969 , gelatin silver print, on loan from Hector Puig

NEXUS: Experimental Photography in Florida

July 21 – November 29, 2015
Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery

Concurrent with celebrating the Harn’s 25th Anniversary, NEXUS: Experimental Photography in Florida - Uelsmann, Fichter, Prince, Streetman & Walker takes a look at the long, prosperous and continuous careers of five key members of the UF Photography Department Faculty during the 1960s and 70s.

Agbonbiofe Adesina, "House Post for Efon Alaiye," early 20th century, gift of Rod McGalliard

A Sense of Place: African Interiors

Through November 1, 2015
James G. and Caroline Julier Richardson Gallery

Objects from homes, palaces, shrines and other sacred spaces including, sculptures, paintings, ceramic vessels, textiles and architectural elements, such as doors, window frames and roof ornaments are on display in this exhibition.

Emil Otto Hoppé, "Tilly Losch," 1928

Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio and Street

June 23 - August 30, 2015
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Society, Studio and Street brings both sides of Hoppé’s work together for the first  time, and marks the rediscovery of Hoppé as a pivotal figure in Edwardian art and photo-modernism.

Pistis, Dress (detail), 2012, Lace, patchwork, wax print, designed for the 2012 “Ready-to-wear” Summer Collection

Kabas and Couture: Contemporary Ghanaian Fashion

February 24, 2015 - August 23, 2015
S.F.I. Rotunda in honor of Haskel Hess

This exhibition highlights the intersections between designer fashions and traditional forms of dress in Ghanaian culture, with runway garments displayed alongside historical textiles such as a batakari tunic and kente cloth.

(detail) Claude Monet, "Champ d'avoine (Oat Field)," 1890, gift of Michael A. Singer

Monet and American Impressionism

February 3, 2015 - May 24, 2015
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall

Monet and American Impressionism highlights twenty-five artists who launched a new way of painting in response to the influence of Monet and French Impressionism. The exhibition presents roughly fifty paintings and twenty prints dated between 1880 and 1920.


The Harn Museum of Art opened in 1990. For a list of exhibitions prior to what is listed on this page, click below.