Good Life Tour of the Harn: A Sparkstory By HAnnah argetsinger

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Medium & Technique

Medium & Technique

At the Harn Museum, there are various pieces of art that are unique to the exhibit. Like many museums, actually going to view the art provides an experience unlike viewing the same art online or in a pamphlet. Through viewing any range of art in person, each individual has a larger ability to acquire a more comprehensive perspective on the piece. This can be due mainly through observing the medium and technique of a piece of art. The medium and technique made to create a piece can sometimes be even more important than what the art piece actually represents. As a result, viewing an art piece up close can provide a deeper understanding and observation of art. Within the Harn, this stuck me most with the art piece viewed above. This piece was the Paula and Marshall Cris Garden. Although not a piece of art necessarily, while walking through the museum, this particular exhibit made an impact on me. The majority of the art is placed on walls or a podiums inside. However, this exhibit is encased behind windows in its own garden, and is in open air. This communicated to me a sense of calm, but was also intriguing to me as the state of the exhibit can change depending on the weather. As it was sunny, the art exhibit made me feel calm and serene; However if it was raining or even snowing, the emotional impact of the exhibit would be much more negative for me.

Design of the Museum

Design of the Museum

The piece of art that impacted me the most, in respect to the design of the museum, was the piece pictured above. This exhibit entitled "Views of Rome Drawn and Etched", by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, impacted me due to the sheer size and nature of the piece. I thought it was all different pieces of art from the same artist, but once i looked enough, I realized that they are all essentially part of the same exhibit. The large map in the middle is utilized as a base point, and there are landmarks on the map that correlate with each of the sketches. Thus, the 6 pictures show 6 different portions of Rome, as seen on the map. Also, this exhibit was positioned off by itself in a very large room. However, due to its sheer size, it drew attention to itself and caused me to observe it for a while. In addition, the walls were painted in a calming peach color, and the lighting was comforting. Lastly, there was a bench positioned in front of the painting that allowed for one to sit and relax to observe the art, instead of merely standing. As a result, the design of the actual artwork and the museum itself provided myself with a much more enjoyable experience.

Art and Core Values

Art and Core Values

Art can be a very personal thing, and can mean very different things to different people. For me, one piece that resonated with me was this one, called "Woman Before a Mirror" by Fritz Capelari Austrian. I have lived much of my life overseas, and the longest I've ever lived sedentary in one place is in Japan. I lived in Tokyo for about 7 years, and they were the first 7 years of my life. As a result, many of my initial memories from my childhood include a plethora of Japanese culture. Thus, this picture evoked many of those same memories and nostalgia. The reason this speaks to my core values is due to more than simply my nostalgia however. I learned many vital lessons from living overseas, but the most important one was acceptance of other cultures and types of people. Through living overseas during my childhood, I was exposed to an international school and thus to more opportunities to encounter different types of people. In addition, the international school I attended had a much more accepting and carefree environment towards new people. I strongly believe in acceptance and forgiveness in most of my life, and this painting therefore reminded me of my childhood in Japan in my more accepting and understanding school.

Art and the Good Life

Art and the Good Life

This piece conveyed many meanings to me relating to the good life. Personally, I believe very highly in equality and in empowering women to have the same rights as men. Within the Harn, there were various pieces like the one above that related many feminist themes. Created by the Guerrilla Girls, this particular piece uses satire, pop art, and fact to convey to its audience the injustices faced by women, and attempts to promote equality for women. This piece I enjoyed the most as it was a funny take on the subject. Primarily, I enjoyed the pun of "estrogen bomb" as puns are always the way to my heart. Anyways, this relates most to the fighting module of the good life. Through these pieces of art by the Guerrilla Girls, they helped to express the fight of women in their search for the good life and equality. This adds to my understanding of the fighting theme as it demonstrates that fighting can come in many forms. "Fighting" does not always have to be purely physical, but through communication and expression of opinion through art, many marginalized groups can share their opinions and gain publicity towards their cause.

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