Carol McCusker joins Harn Museum of Art as curator of photography

Gainesville, 15 August 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida, announced the appointment of Carol McCusker as Curator of Photography. After receiving a $1.5 million gift from the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin family, the Harn Museum welcomes the former professor and Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego from 2001-2010 to the newly endowed curator position. McCusker holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Art History and the History of Photography from the University of New Mexico, a B.F.A. in Art History and Studio Art from the Massachusetts College of Art and specialises in history of photography and cinema, modern and postmodern cultural studies, 20th century popular culture, mass media, documentary photography, and film. The Harn Museum’s photography collection contains around 1,000 works ranging from daguerreotypes and other mid-19th century images to large-scale contemporary color works by artists such as Jerry N. Uelsmann, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, Minor White, Wynn Bullock, Richard Misrach, Cindy Sherman, Carrie Mae Weems, Robert Adams, Ana Mendieta, Louise Lawler, Dan Graham, Catherine Opie, Nan Goldin, Roni Horn, Allan Sekula, Sergio Vega, Andrea Robbins, Max Becher, and Sol...

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New wing at Harn Museum

Gainesville (Florida), 19 April 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The new Asian art wing of the Harn Museum, of the University of Florida in Gainesville, is displaying sculptures of the Hindu deities Shiva, Durga, and Vishnu, from the 3rd century AD. This museum wing, whose surface area is of 2415 square meters, opened on 31 March 2012. It houses works from all over Asia, from Central Asia to Japan and from China to the southern tip of India. Among the masterpieces one can find stone sculptures from the end of the first century to the beginning of the fourth century. The museum has in its collections about 8,300 works, some of which dating back to 2,500 BCE. The collections not only contain sculptures, they also contain miniature paintings and modern Indian paintings, among other things, by Sunil Madhay Sen, Gopal Ghosh, Krishna Shamrao Kulkarni and Ram...

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Jerry Uelsmann retrospective at Harn Museum of Art

Gainesville, 4 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Harn Museum of Art is hosting a retrospective dedicated to American photographer Jerry Uelsmann until 11 September 2011. Jerry Uelsmann is famous for his innovative and Surrealist printing techniques and for his fifty-year struggle to have photography accepted as an experimental art form. “The Mind’s Eye: 50 years of photography by Jerry Uelsmann” is co-organised by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The exhibition consists of a selection of eighty-nine works from all periods of the artist’s career and includes extremely rare pieces that have never exhibited before. The event highlights Uelsmann’s major influence on the universe of photography via his revolutionary handling of photographic composition. The presentation of different images in the artist’s work allows the public to gain a better understanding of his oeuvre. The pieces on display are part of Ueslmann’s own archives and are definitive.  Photographs, books and albums enable the spectators to penetrate the artist’s universe. Since the late 1950’s, Ueslmann has been very successful due to his dark photographs depicting an illusory reality. Although his pictures seem convincing, they never feature a real landscape. Jerry Ueslmann describes his work in these words: “My visual quest is driven by a desire to create a universe capable of supporting feelings and ideas,” as reported on ArtDaily. The artist was born in Detroit in 1934 and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1957, along with a Master of Science and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Indiana University in 1960. Ueslmann’s oeuvre is renowned and exhibited all over the...

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