The Harn Museum of Art Self-guided tour by Dennis Le

I do not see many unique photos and paintings daily, but the Harn Museum of Art allowed me to see so many artworks. Here are some of my favorite ones:

"Tiangis Aerial Reflex" by Melanie Smith. 2003. Chromogenic print.

Medium of the Art: . With the photograph in chromogenic print, I loved the immense scale Mexico City is depicted in the photograph. It makes me realize how small we are as individuals. Compared to multiple buildings and the structural aspect of Mexico City, a human being is barely noticeable. Furthermore, the buildings in the big photograph allowed me to notice such small details that I would not see online. Seeing the photograph in person allowed me to soak in the contrast between the colorful vendors and the dull buildings. Moreover, the flipped half of the photo emphasizes how a big city may blend in altogether and seem all similar.

"Frida Kahlo on White Bench" by Nickolas Muray. 1939. Color carbon print.

More details about Frida Kahlo below. However, the spotlight for this one photograph had so much details within the photo and the aesthetics were pleasing to the eye.

Frida Kahlo's Wing & Personal History

Design of the Museum: Through Frida Kahlo's exhibit, I learned almost most of her history. Each picture displays a story and is implied through the milestones she goes through. From getting married to painting herself, she is shown in a chronological order. This was all pleasing to me and I enjoyed looking at them as she grew to be an inspiration in the art world and Mexican culture. The simplicity and spatial design for this wing made it easy for my eyes to follow each painting and enjoy the whole wing dedicated to Frida Kahlo.

"Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II" by Yvonne Jacquette. 1985. Oil on canvas

Art and Core Values: When I first saw this painting, I thought of an impersonal city. I do not like big cities because of a lack of a harmonic community. Although the painting may depict a beautiful Tokyo city with brilliant colors, Jacquette displays a busy and traffic-jammed city. Furthermore, the city painted with oil shows the lack of important detail in Tokyo. While the painting captures the initial beauty, the blur from the oil when looking closely represents more of the impersonal atmosphere in the city. A closer image of the painting below. However as I observed longer on the painting, I noticed the aesthetics to having a crowded busy city. With many people in the city - or any city in general - I believed that it may be easier to find pleasure and opportunities within and prosper as bright as the painting initially displays.

Part of "Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II" by Yvonne Jacquette. 1985. Oil on canvas.
"Seated Buddha" created in Gandhara region. 4th-5th Century. Made with stucco with traces of polychrome.

Art and the Good Life: When I saw this sculpture of Buddha, I was emotionally connected to this. My grandmother is a practicing buddhist and, as a kid, I always went with her and learned some buddhist beliefs and traditions. I always enjoyed the attempted meditations whenever my family and I stayed at the temple for a while. The sculpture is related to the "seeking the Good Life" by relating to reaching nirvana and peace-in-mind like Siddhartha did in Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha.

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