The section of the museum that I most enjoyed walking through was the American Abstraction wing. The room was very simplistically designed and only featured three main works of art, but the way the layout of the room made use of the space was appealing. The lighting was adjusted in a way that it was able to cast shadows from the pieces of art onto the floor. Overall, the setup of the room was able to convey a relaxing feeling. I really enjoyed viewing these pieces because they were extremely modern and creative. The exhibit provided a nice variety of pieces of art because there were not other abstract pieces in the museum. This was definitely the most interesting room in the museum and had the ability to set the tone for the rest of the museum, because it was in the front of the building.
Art & Core Values
Marvin Newman's gelatin silver print, Roadways Leading to the Brooklyn Bridge with the World Trade Center Towers evoked my core value of respect upon viewing. The simple black and white print captures the beauty of New York City, prior to the attacks in 2001. This print was published in the 1970s, so it would not have had as great of significance as it does today. This print helped me realize how respect and pride for the United States is important and definitely made me appreciate the people who continue to risk their lives in protection of the United States. This is an emotional piece because it is both sorrowful because of the tragedy that eventually occurred in that same spot, but at the same time, made me proud of how the country has been able to overcome the setback. I am happy that this piece stuck out to me because it made me realize how much I value living in the United States, which is not something I commonly think about on a daily basis, but is something I believe in and is a core value of mine.
Art and the Good Life
St. Jean's Bay was an oil painting featured in the Harn that was painted by Leon Kroll. In the painting, people are relaxing and doing a variety of activities on the coast. The Good Life theme depicted in this particular work is a sense of community, which is invaluable in terms of the good life. The painting evoked this theme because it showed people all in a common area spending time together. I think it made me realize the importance of shared time and experiences with the people that are close to us in our lives, and I feel that without community the Good Life cannot be obtained. Seeing this made me appreciate how other people do affect our lives and our ability to reach our goals.