Old Man's Cloth, a piece in the Contemporary and African Art Collection, was the first thing I saw after entering the museum. This 192 × 216 in. (487.7 × 548.6 cm) display is entirely constructed of aluminum and wire. El Anatsui recycled and flattened the tops of liquor bottles, symbolizing the slaves' part in colonial trade of commodities and Africa's impoverished people who find solace in alcohol.
Design of The Museum
A wall of windows onlooking a lively garden, framed by a warm wood structure set an inviting tone to the Asian Exhibition. After perusing through the museum, this room's abundance of natural light and inviting atmosphere was memorable. Collections of 3D art were showcased on the perimeter of the room, leaving open space for enormous clay and metal pieces.
Art and Core Values
This seated buddha comes from the Gandhara region of Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 4th-5th century. Although right arm has been lost, it would have its hand in the mudura position-- the palm facing outwards to symbolize peace and reassurance. Buddhism consists of core values of peace and selflessness; this Gandhara Buddha repesents Buddhist beliefs.