A Trip to the Harn By: Logan Bassoff

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

Yoruba people, Ancestor Spirit Masquerade Costume (Egungun), 20th century

This photo does not do this art piece justice. No matter how many photos or angles were taken of this piece, the viewer would never be able to tell the detail. The costume caught my attention because of how many different pieces of fabric there were and the copious designs put in layers. If I was to see this photo online I would just see a piece of fabric that someone once wore. Seeing it in person made me realize that someone actually sowed each individual piece together to make a beautiful costume that was used in a masquerade honoring ancestral spirits. This made me appreciate the Yoruban people of Nigeria and the clothing that was made by them and danced in. Gives you a new perspective on what people did before technology in the 20th century.

Design of the Museum

I liked the Latin American art wing the most. Not only were there many beautiful pieces, but there was so much cultured expressed. The art ranged from paintings, to newspaper drawings, to depiction of life in the 1950's, to music with artwork. There were so many ways to take in Latin American life. If you couldn't pick up on the meaning behind the abstract paintings you could look at the skeletons drawn with tequila that were created for a newspaper. The layout of the section combined abstract, impressionism, and realism, and I appreciated the mixture instead of separating the pieces by style. These pieces combined in this section gave me more of an insight to Latin American culture over time.

Art and Core Values

Delacroix, Eugene, Mephistopheles in the Skies, 1827, Yale University Art Gallery

When I first saw this piece all I imagined was the adrenaline rush you would get if you were flying over a city like that. This piece related back to my need for exploration. I am such a curious person, and exploring gives me the answers I need. I even have the word "curiosity" tattooed on my back in Hebrew. This artwork may have nothing to do with exploration, but that's the thoughts that flooded my head when examining it. I realized that my values have more to do with having answers instead of instilling ideas or emotions on people. I would much rather go backpacking through mountain ranges and discover artifacts, than give a speech about why we shouldn't pollute. I stick to the wild side of things instead of playing by the rules and this photo really made me realize that.

Art and the Good Life

Purser, Stuart Robert, Funeral, 1945

This photo brought to my attention the act of celebrating life. Death and funerals are a universal event, it's not particular to one group of people, therefore, everyone around the world can relate to one another. It's also an event that can bring people from opposite ends of the earth together. I enjoy how the artist paints the picture as if he's looking from the outside, not necessarily part of it. This further explains the coming together and celebrating a life at a funeral. How can the death of someone possibly relate to seeking the good life, you ask? That is for each individual to interpret for themselves, it could cause someone to really evaluate life itself and take better charge in order to live a long, healthy, prosperous life. You seek the good life from birth until death, it never stops.

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