Tour of the Harn Alli Gosser

Medium of the Art & Technique of the Artist

One of the pieces of art I liked seeing best at the Harn was the painting above, entitled Street Scene, Market Place. This piece of art caught my attention because it looked like a scene out of the 1920s. Seeing this in person helped me to appreciate the technique and attention to detail because a picture of it does not do it justice. In person, it is easy to see that this is an oil painting with many bright colors, and the striking part about the oil paint is the individual strokes that can be seen throughout the work. The artist was able to capture the feeling of the '20s through the outfits and scenery involved in the painting, so it easily communicated the feeling of being a high society member of the 1920s. After looking at the painting, I felt like it must have been intriguing to live in this time period of history. I really enjoyed analyzing this because I like looking at the different stages of American history.

Design of the Museum

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.

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