Medium of the Artist/Technique of the Artist
Artwork: Untitled #11 (Wall Street), Catherine Opie, 2001 (Picture taken by Inaya Leonard)
This particular piece intrigued me because it's photography and with this form of art the photographer can capture the subject from their own perspective. The way the photograph is captured can tell a story in many different ways. In this particular photo Catherine Opie displays symmetry such as shown in Roman and Greek aesthetic styles. This piece was striking to me because of the city view. Because you cannot see top of the buildings you may wonder just how far up they reach and the technique of the "bird's eye" view allows for your eyes to follow the building as it ascends upwards into the sky. The black and white photograph made me feel as if you're not supposed to focus on colors but more so the subjects in the picture. I felt a sense that the building in the middle was the focal point and therefore what was supposed to get most of the attention. This is a starkly American setting that gave me an impression of the institutions of the US. Beyond this I genuinely found this photograph aesthetically pleasing because I love how it's a view from within a city.
Design of the Museum
American Art Glass from the Modern Collection Exhibit (Picture taken by Inaya Leonard)
The exhibit for Modern art was by far my favorite to look at in the museum. I enjoyed the art glass for it's beauty and elegance. Aside from that I loved how the exhibit showed all forms of modern art, such as paintings and sculptures. The arrangement of the art is the exhibits best feature. The art is separated by forms of art so there is a semblance of organization, but each of the art forms are similar in their styles. The art movements represented are those such as Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Modernism are represented. I enjoyed the art within the exhibit due to its commemoration of Modern art from American, European, and Latin American cultures during the time of the late 1800s to the mid-1900s.
Art and Core Values
Prism, Marilyn Minter, 2009 (Picture taken by Inaya Leonard)
Marilyn Minter's Prism relates to my core values of self-expression. Her photograph is of a woman's lips covered in red lipstick and her mouth and face filled with jewels and glitter. Minter's work portrays her definition of glamour and beauty on the subject of the photo. I was fascinated by the aesthetic beauty of the photo. This piece allowed me to see that self-expression of yourself can be done through many things such as through fashion. For myself, I intend to express myself and stay true to my values, opinions, and beliefs. I'd express these through my social and career life. For Minter's she is able to express herself and values through her art.
Art and the Good Life
Excavation, Boardman Robinson, 1926, Tempera on plaster (Picture taken by Inaya Leonard)
Excavation relates to the Good Life theme of hard work. This painting depicts industrious American life. This is showcasing the creation of a sort of Modern America. The painting shows buildings in the background implying that it was created by the workers in the painting and they are currently working hard to create more of this. As the working class, they help portray this theme of hard work by building up the industrial America. This goes to potentially show that hard work pays off. One can appreciate this theme and incorporate it into their own good life by working hard to excel with a goal in mind.