Good Life Tour of the Harn Ting Wang

MEDIUM OF THE ART/TECHNIQUE OF THE ARTIST

Seeing Yvonne Jacquette's Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II, it's better to see it in person. Though it's oil on canvas, Jacquette's way of painting is unique, as she uses small strokes to create a bigger image. What's so striking to me is that Jacquette was able to communicate the busy-like streets in front of an arcade. The artwork made me feel fascinated at the fact that you could literally see the noise in the picture.

DESIGN OF THE MUSEUM

The exhibit that appealed to me the most was Mirror, Mirror" - Portraits of Frida Kahlo. It tells Frida's life story through photographs throughout her life. I loved the blueness of the walls in the exhibit. The lighting was bright. There was a lot of space to move around and look at the life of Frida. The exhibit made me feel a lot of different things. Looking at her life, you can see the happiness in the photos. However, you can also see the other different emotions such as sadness when Frida was in the hospital. I would feel curious thinking about her culture, I would happy at her successes, and I would feel sadness when she was ill. By showing her life through photos, you could see the emotions on her face as she transitioned throughout her life.

ART AND CORE VALUES

An artwork in the Harn that appealed to me was Aphrodite Desiree Navab's I am Not a Person Carpet #2). It is a Gelatin silver print from 2001. My core value would be equality, and by having this photograph, it helps women by challenging the taboo of women roles versus men roles. The photograph also shows skin, especially where the midriff is, and Navab directly addressed the taboos regarding the visibility of women. The emotion of the artwork for me was love for oneself. It helps me better understand what I believe by showing that you can "rebel" and protest inequality.

ART AND THE GOOD LIFE

Claude Monet's Champ d'avoine (Oat Field) conveys a Good Life theme of being peaceful. The painting (oil on canvas) shows the different colors of the hills and flowers. The open hills and the open sky help with being peaceful at heart, since the painting is bright and light. There's no drastic contrast between colors. It communicates the Good Life theme by seeking the Good Life. By having an open field of flower, trees, and hills, it makes one want to "seek" the life there. It adds to my understanding by having the colors not be too drastic so that one can see the peacefulness and openness of the field.

Champ d' avoine (Oat Field) by Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926

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