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.
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.
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.