Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art opens Much Ado About Portraits

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida presents Much Ado About Portraits an exhibition on view May 28, 2013 – September 08, 2013.

Umberto Boccioni, 1(882 – 1916), Untitled Portrait, c.1909. Pastel on paper. Gift of Larry and Marita Jacobs.

Umberto Boccioni, 1(882 – 1916), Untitled Portrait, c.1909. Pastel on paper. Gift of Larry and Marita Jacobs.

Why do people create portraits? From earliest times to the present day, portraits of many different kinds have captured the human form. Whether formal, religious, historical, imaginative, or political, each and every portrait carries meanings intended by the artist, and those assigned to them by viewers. Even choosing not to show the human figure in a portrait has meaning. Exploring through various perspectives the question of why we create portraits, the exhibition Much Ado about Portraits will display a range of works from all areas of the Harn’s collection, as well as pieces on loan from private collections.

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.

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Road
Gainesville, Florida 32611-2700
www.harn.ufl.edu

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