Good Life Tour of the Harn MuseumBy Alexander Gregory
Medium of the Art
Filippo Morghen and Antonio Joli collaborated to create amazing prints. Prints I learned are when a picture is created (in this case on a woodblock) then ink is applied to its surface and pressed against paper. Joli provided the picture and Morghen created the print block; I find that collaboration very interesting as it combines both artists' work into one new art piece different than either of the the bases. Prints were referred to as original works of art rather than copies because of this, and also because even two prints from the same block would still be slightly different.
Design of the Museum
The architectural design of the Harn was beautiful and very appealing to me. I ended up splurging a little on the architecture by taking about as many photos of the panoramic windows or the skylight gardens inside as the art hanging on the wall. However, that does not mean that the architecture is any less a form of art, in my opinion the architecture frames the art in the museum like how you put a nice painting inside a nice frame if you want to do it justice.
The use of several skylights was cool on the day I went as the sky kept shifting from sunny to dark and cloudy.
Also the exhibits on Asian art demonstrated that design of a space is an art form of its own, as there was a rock garden and several water gardens.
Art and Core Values
Art is very personal, it often shows us a glimpse into the artist's life even if they are long gone and their name is forgotten. The exhibit on the Sahel was interesting as it had a cloth garment worn by a woman and because of the cultural context you could tell what she believed and valued just by the colors, patterns, and materials of the garment. Also in the African Masksrade exhibit the costumes varied wildly from culture to culture and from person to person. This is a symbol of the individuality of art; art is like people and cultures, they are all different and unique.
Art and the Good Life
Many of the pieces of art in the South American exhibit were provocative in regards to the human condition. Many of the pieces displayed poverty, harsh labor conditions, or other injustices, one of the popular ways of representing these issues were depictions of sugar cane farming, this seemed to overwhelmingly represent the struggles of the common man. Also though in most of the art were depictions of religion, Catholicism, as it is a central part of South American culture and society.
Thank you for viewing. All photos were taken by Alexander Gregory and all artwork photographed is owned by or on loan to the Harn Museum of Art.