Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida: Review
As an art lover, finding himself in central Florida, I was presented with an ideal opportunity to visit and write a review of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, which I promptly took.
The Harn Art Museum is situated on the UF Cultural Plaza area in the southwest part of campus.
There was plenty of parking space available when I visited the art museum and the immediate approach to the building was attractive. The plaza hosts a number of large contemporary sculptures as well as a neat water garden just in front of the main entrance to the museum of art.
Timelapse documentation of the installation of "Untitled" by French artist Kader Attia
Beyond the entrance to the museum of art was the Galleria, a large open space with the information desk on one side and the art museum store on the other.
I was impressed with the feel of the place, spacious, modern and whitewashed, but without being unwelcoming. After enquiring at the information desk, I found out that I was only able to take photos in specific areas, so my pictures below were taken with that restriction in mind.
According to the museum of art's publicity, there are nearly 7,000 works in the various Harn collections.
These are divided for display into five main areas: African, Asian, Contemporary, Modern, and Photography.
It is an interesting way to split up the various displays and art works, but the layout works, I believe.
As well as having a store, the Harn Museum of Art has a café on the upper level.
I must say that everything was tastefully done, including the store and the garden areas, where the outdoor sculptures are displayed.
There was some building work going on outside, as another wing is being added to the existing building. The expansion can only be welcomed.
For those interested in visiting the Harn Museum of Art, entrance is free of charge. The opening times are: Tuesday to Friday - 11am to 5pm; Saturday - 10am to 5pm; Sunday – 1pm to 5pm.
I visited late on a Sunday afternoon, the museum of art was generally quiet then, although certainly not deserted. A well attended talk on African textiles was also happening within the museum of art in the Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall. The museum or art also provides guided tours.
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