Tour of the Harn Corey Pineiro

Introduction: My Tour of the Harn was an experience like no other. The Harn does a great job of making your trip special every time you go. The staff is fantastic and actually cares about making your viewing experience special every time. One staff member who went out of his way to help me understand a piece of art was Mr. Schwartz. He helped explain a painting to me in a way the helped me understand what the artist was trying to portray in his work and I was blown away once I saw it from the perspective. I will absolutely be coming back to the Harn Museum with my friends to experience all of the artwork again soon.

Face Mask (okoroshi ojo) 1970 by Igbo People, Nigeria

Medium of the Art: "The Face Mask" by the Igbo People of Nigeria is an excellent example of a piece of artwork that someone must see in person to truly appreciate. When I first saw the face mask I was a little terrified. The mask is the size of a real human head, I could easily picture the mask on an actual person which was a cool experience. I began to compare the feeling I got looking at the mask in person as opposed to looking at a picture of the mask on my phone and there was no comparison. Another aspect of seeing a work of art in person is the interaction with the other people also viewing the artwork and the conversations you can make with them about your art viewing experience.

Left: "Asian Wing Garden", Middle: "Wit and Wonder of Kogo Incense Boxes" by Sandra G. Saltzman, Right: "Seated Bodhisattva" by Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)

Design of the Museum: The Harn Museum did an outstanding job when designing this museum. Every section of the museum feels so open and welcoming, also the works of art feel are well spaced out and allow the viewers to really focus on each piece individually. The Asian Wing was honestly my favorite wing by far. I enjoyed this wing because of the way the art is arranged whether it be on the floor, on the walls, hanging from the ceiling, or the outdoor garden every artwork is showcased in a different way. In addition, there are individual sections of the wing that break off into different countries in Asia. For example, there is the Korean section that houses the "Seated Bodhisattva", the Indian section, and the Chinese section to name a few. The artwork presented on the floor allows you to experience just how big the artwork is and the artwork presented in big cases give you a 360 degree view of the artwork which leads to a fun viewing experience in the Asian Wing.

Left: "Untitled Work" by Guerrilla Girls, Right: "Do women have to be naked to get into a Met. Museum", by Guerrilla Girls.

Art and Core Values: Art has a magical way of presenting tricky topics. The Guerrilla Girls have done an excellent job of presenting feminism and equality in their pieces by being very upfront and frank about the issues at hand. A core value of mine is equality. I believe one of the most important things every human should do is treat everyone equally regardless of gender, race, orientation, or financial situation. This is why I appreciate The Guerrilla Girls, they fight for equal rights for women through their art. The artwork almost makes me angry when I read what each piece is speaking out against and then realize that social inequality is still present in today's society for many people.

Dos Ninos (Two Children) by Jesus Guerrero Galvan (1948)

Art and the Good Life: "This piece really drew me in the second I laid my eyes on it. The theme that this art depicted for me was Sharing the Good Life. The oil painting, "Dos Ninos", immediately reminded me of my little sister and how close we were as kids. Without people you love to share the good life with, what is the point of attaining it? The artwork reminded me that family is one of the most important things in life and that while I am in college I have to maintain my relationship with my family back home. The piece has inspired me to call home to my family more often and visit them more. The power of art is astounding.

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