During my experience at the Harn Museum of Art, I developed a more compact understanding of what exactly embodies the good life. I was intrigued by several art pieces that could be interpreted several ways, but that I saw exemplified the good life. Here are pictures I took of the pieces that spoke to me and allowed me to understand the different aspects of a good life.
This portrait of a young girl called "Tiergarten, Berlin, July 1" by Rineke Dijkstra caught my attention specifically because it reminded me of the time my humanities class studied a portrait of a young girl taken by Dawoud Bey. In our class discussion, we examined the girl closely and identified how innocence is one aspect of a good life. I detected the same concept in this portrait of a young and vulnerable girl. The technique of the artist includes photographing her subjects during transitional moments in their lives such as infancy or adolescence. The girl in the picture chose her pose and I could see how she still seemed to be vulnerable and self conscious. Through her transition of adolescence, innocence is lost and the struggles of society appear to conflict with her image. Even in nature, her pose is not natural and doesn't seem comfortable. The good life includes going through these transitions in our lives because they are only natural and human.
This slideshow was in the "Fallout of War" wing in which contained pictures of the aftermath of war all over the world. This wing intrigued me because of the pieces of art that illustrated how war affects people and the environment. The slideshow displayed several pictures that were the environmental impacts of war. This was disheartening due to the fact that every picture shown looked the same and every picture of the nature shown seemed desolate and dry. When I think of war, what usually comes to mind are the people affected by the war, but never the destruction of the Earth. This exhibit opened my eyes to how destructive war is not only to people, but to nature.