The Harn, Gainesville, FL Sept 11, 2012 23:49:55 GMT
Post by htmb on Sept 11, 2012 23:49:55 GMT
Residents of North Central Florida are very fortunate to have access to a first class art museum in Gainesville.
The Harn Museum of Art is located on the University of Florida cultural plaza next to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Performing Arts Center.
The Samuel P. Harn Museum opened in 1990, dedicated to promoting the power of the arts to inspire and educate people and enrich their lives. More than 8,000 works are represented in the museum’s various collections, which include photography and Asian, African, modern and contemporary art. The museum also displays numerous traveling exhibitions throughout the year. As an accredited museum, the Harn has been recognized as a leader in its field by the American Association of Museums. The museum is located at 3259 Hull Road in Gainesville, Florida, and is part of the University of Florida Cultural Plaza.
One of the largest university-affiliated art museums in the United States, the Harn Museum has an 86,800-square-foot facility, which includes 32,800 square feet of exhibition space, a 250-seat auditorium, study center, museum store, café, spacious areas for art storage and staff offices for work and research. In 2012, the museum opened the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, a new 26,000-square-foot addition, which is dedicated to the exhibition, storage and conservation of the museum’s extensive collection of Asian art.
From the Harn website
Photographs are not permitted in certain areas of the museum, particularly the traveling exhibits, so the following photos represent only a portion of what I saw on a recent visit. There was a fabulous exhibit of photographs by Anne Nogle which explored female vitality, aging and beauty. Of particular interest to me were photos of many of the first female pilots from around the globe.
The Harn has an outstanding docent program and offers educational tours on a regular basis, as well as providing tours for school groups. Admission to the museum is free.
Part of an Ethiopian Virgin and Child Triptych
Second half of seventeenth and early eighteenth century
Claude Monet Champ d'avoine (Oat Field)
1890, Oil on Canvas
The most recent addition to the museum was the Asian wing which opened in the spring of 2012.
Head of Luohan
Liao Dynasty (970 - 1175)
Ceramic (and was probably a part of a complete figure)
Krishna and his older half-brother, Balarama, standing under a tree
Outside the Asian wing is a delightful water garden; a quiet space for contemplation when the weather is nice.
As I left the museum to head home I got a surprise when I encountered these beautiful pups and their handlers arriving for a training session inside the museum. The dogs are raised by volunteers who take them into their homes and begin the preliminary training that will eventually enable them to become service animals.