Tour of the Harn by tayla regenbaum

the four components:

medium of the art/technique of the artist

This piece was made by Nancy Graves, constructed using bronze with patina and glass. In a picture, this sculpture could be mistaken for being simpler than it really is, appearing as different shapes put together. In person, you're able to question the use of a horseshoe crab, musical notes, and human bone in the same piece, something that is not easily understood in a picture. It gives true insight into the life of the artist and her interests and reasons for designing the piece. I liked how intricate this piece was and how it was able to tell a story about the life of the artist without saying much. It makes me feel like the artist truly wanted to express herself and her interests when she made this.

design of the museum

This area of the Harn Museum is the Asian Art Wing. It was very aesthetically pleasing due to the use of a major window installation to bring in the natural light from outdoors. The light reflecting off the hickory color of the wood really brightens up the room and colors it in a way that no artificial light would be able to. It gives the room a warm, welcoming feel, and allows the pieces of art inside the room to almost change mood with the change in weather.

art & core values

This piece, created by Yvonne Jacquette, depicts a Tokyo street using oil on canvas. What's most appealing to me about this piece is the manner in which it's painted: a bird's eye view of the city with deep perspective and bright lights. Two of my core values are acceptance and creativity, and I think this painting captures both of those values in interesting ways. Most of my life I've had trouble finding loyalty with friend and have always felt a bit on the outside in terms of my subconscious act of observing others, rather than getting involved and drawing attention to myself. The perspective of this painting really shows how different things are when viewed from above and opens one's mind. I think that's it's important to have a broad perspective on life, even while still getting involved in things you're passionate about. Creativity is another core value of mine, and one part of that is my love for bright and colorful lights, and the idea that the city never sleeps. This painting really shows how even at night time, the lights of the city shine bright, and the world keeps spinning. Lights are a source of guidance and a symbol of hope when one is in the dark.

art & The good life

This cotton Okakagbe Masquerade Costume, created by Lawrence Ajanaku, represents the Edo people of Northern Nigeria. The Good Life theme depicted by this piece is that of living the life we want to live. I've always been a firm believer in living life the way we intend to live it for ourselves, and not living it for others. These people dress up and dance around in celebration, the masquerades regarded as manifestations of forest spirits. They live life fully, celebrating everything that they are given, rather than praying for more. Being of African descent, I know that when the spirit of the people is bigger than their desire to have the meaningless things that most people of our generation value, they are able to experience true happiness and live a good, full life.


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