The Harn: An Introduction
The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art is located on the campus of the University of Florida. With thousands of works of art from numerous time periods, the Harn has something for everyone. During my visit to the museum, I was able to view artwork of many different styles and mediums. Such works of art included sculptures, clothing/woven art, billboards, postcards, literature, and painting on a variety of materials. Each medium demanded its own interpretation, contributing to the uniqueness of the work. As I walked through the various rooms of the museum, I was guided through what seemed to be a miniature exhibition through culture and time. Just as each artist is different, the works that they create vary immensely from those of others. Because of the great diversity of artwork, each piece is able to trigger the thought of its own unique set of values. When I looked at the works of art, no two pieces ever gave me exactly the same feeling. Art carries with it the power to evoke feelings within us that we didn't even realize we had.
Medium & Technique: Invoking Appreciation
The Harn museum of art is unique in that it houses artwork representing many different mediums and techniques. From elegantly sculpted statues, to bold and abstract cubism-inspired paintings, this museum is a physical representation of just what the artistic world has to offer. Two works of art (pictured above) illustrated an example of how medium and technique aids in the full appreciation of a work. Just by viewing a picture, or even a video of these traditional African garments, you are not able to fully grasp their beauty. However, when seen in person, I was able to fully admire the vibrant colors and deep textures that these works of art consisted of. When I walked into the very open space in which these garments were housed, I felt immediately drawn to them. As I got closer and closer, it was like a new layer of artistic beauty being added. By seeing this work in person, I was able to actually understand what it FEELS like, instead of just knowing what the works look like. Even the above pictures do not do these works justice.