January 27, 2014

Recently retired professor David Haxton is among 40 artists exhibiting at the Museum of Modern Art featured in the exhibit Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New. His film “Overlapping Planes” is on display alongside artists including Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Morris and John Baldessari.

Haxton’s film is on view at the MoMA until January 31, 2014. Click here to view the roll-call of artists in the exhibit.

This exhibit is a selection of works which have exhibited in Sonnabend’s Paris and New York galleries. According to MoMA, Ileana Sonnabend was known for her “legendary eye” and is said to have “discovered and championed many of the most significant artists of her time.”

Haxton has spent the last 18 years influencing new generations of photography and film students at UCF and was instrumental in developing UCF’s first Master of Fine Arts Program as well as the animation curriculum in Central Florida. When he arrived at UCF after spending 23 years living in New York, Haxton’s goal was to teach students more than just the process of creating art. He wanted to teach them about the professional art world. He accomplished this through leading by example.

Associate Director for the School of Visual Arts and Design Jason Burrell stated, “on a personal note, David is a delightful colleague. His fluency in contemporary events and the international dialog of contemporary art and design is always enlightening. Conversations with him in the halls of the campus or with groups of students in the classroom are a great pleasure.”

Haxton has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since the early seventies, including the Sonnabend Gallery in Paris and New York. His work includes the permanent collection of Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum, and MoMA. After a hiatus from exhibiting in the nineties, Haxton began again in 2003. He found himself in a solo exhibit at the Gaylak Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, shortly after returning.