Tour of the Harn Museum the Good life

A drawing of Midtown in New York City

Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist: "The Midtown Composite" by Yvonne Jacquette in 1997 is a drawing of Midtown in New York City. Since I live in New York and I have visited New York City many times, this drawing really helps me appreciate the city and its beauty. The drawing is very intricate and has very small details to it. For example, the Chrysler building is drawn and has very little lines on the top of the building where it gets thinner and pointier. All the tall buildings around the Chrysler building are drawn and have all of the windows drawn on them making each building look unique. The Hudson Bridge has the lights drawn on it, making it look like the bridge look very realistic because the real Hudson Bridge has lights on the top of the bridge and the sides like shown in the picture. The technique that Jacquette used that I found to be so interesting is the shading. The entire artwork is in black and white. The black is used to make the city look dark as if it were nighttime while the white makes it look like the city has a lot of lights since the city is called "the city that never sleeps". Each window on the buildings are colored in slightly different shades of white and black to make it look light some rooms have the lights on while other lights are off. The artwork communicates a sense of the New York City lifestyle. With lots of lights in the dead of night, it communicates the culture in New York by showing that there is always something going on after the sunsets. The artwork made me feel happy with a little bit of nostalgia because it reminds me of being home.

The Frida Kahlo exhibit at the museum

Design of the Museum: The wing in the museum that I found to be the most enjoyable was the "Mirror Mirror... Portraits of Frida Kahlo" wing. There were pictures of Frida Kahlo all around the blue walls, making the pictures stand out. Then in the middle of the room there were ceramic sculptures in glass containers. I found the portraits to be very interesting because I learned about Frida Kahlo in high school and I found it cool to see pictures of her in her daily life. The arrangement of the art was laid out fairly different throughout the exhibit. There were portraits placed directly next to each other and then there were other pictures placed over each other with different sizes. There was also a lot of space in between some of the photos and above the photos to make each photo stand out. I found that this helped the public view each photo individually with a different perspective for each portrait. The exhibit made me feel as if I was getting a first hand experience in Frida Kahlo's life, which was really cool to me.

Some of the pictures in the feminist wing of the museum

Art and Core Values: When I walked into the section of The Harn Museum that displayed pictures that were related to woman and gender inequality, I immediately felt an emotional connection. In this time period, women are treated more equal to men than they had been in the past. However, there is still inequality. In the huge yellow graphic with the naked women with a gorilla head, there was a shocking statistic. The fact that there are mostly naked women displayed in the Metropolitan Museum is shocking. This billboard displays the core values of acceptance and equality through the emotions of anger and pity. The statistic helps people better understand how women are still not treated fairly. This artwork helps me understand why there are so many feminists still fighting for women equality. The artwork leaves me with a sense of sadness knowing that even in today's day and age women do not have the same opportunities as men. It helps me better understand the feminist movement and my rights as a woman.

Two Okorshi Ojo and their followers photographed by Herbert M. Cole

Art and the Good Life: I feel like the picture above is the visual representation of the good life. The people dressed up in the masks and costumes are viewed highly in the town. The people in the town surrounding them are their followers. The people in the costumes sing and chant throughout the town to intimidate the women and children in order to maintain their highly ranked status and keep the town in order. This picture reminds me of the Gautama in "Siddhartha" where he has certain teachings and a lot of followers who listen to his teachings and learn from them. In the picture, the people in the masks represent status and leadership. When people are searching for the good life, they have to learn, watch, and experience life in order to truly understand what the good life is. The people in the masks are the ones who are teaching the other people in the town how to keep the peace by intimidating the women and children in the town. This artwork adds to my understand of the theme of status when searching for the good life. The picture helps me understand that different cultures view their lives differently and in the culture in the picture, the people in the masks are very important people who are highly respected.

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