The Good Life at The Harn Museum Too much art to appreciate

During my visit at the Harn Museum I was overwhelmed by all the collections of artwork on display. The effort and contributions necessary to accumulate a collection the Harn has is extraordinary. To have such a wide variety of art pieces available to the public and free to UF students makes me feel better about where my tuition funds are going. From themes such as women in art to continent specif art pieces the Harn truly has so much to offer to interested students.

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Both pieces above were created by the same artist, Yvonne Jacquette, of New York City's night life. Both pieces of art use different mediums to depict the New York's bright city at night. The artwork on the left is created by oil on canvas "Tokyo Street with Pochinko Parlor II". The artwork on the right "Midtown Composite" was created from woodcut, which is created by the artist carving into a block of wood. Although two different mediums are used to represent similar scenes I think both show the busy night life very well. The oil on canvas beautifully depicts the bright lights and colors seen along the busy roads and buildings of New York. The lights and commotion will continue until daybreak and with the rising sun a new form of commotion will continue. I can feel the hustle and bustle in the city represented by the oil on canvas. Although the woodcut artwork shows an aerial view of New York is seems bright yet peaceful. We all know that New York is a city that never sleeps, but from the view of the art piece it seems as if the city is sleeping with the lights on, a night light per say. I have never traveled to New York City, so I do not have a real life experience to go with these pieces of artwork. After seeing the artwork in person I had a sense of how it would feel to see New York from above at night. Whether from a window overlooking the busy street or from a very high point seeing nothing except the light outlining the buildings of a New York skylight, the artworks give you a feeling of two similar and different point of views of one city.

Different angles from within the Harn Museum

The design of the Harn really helped to emphasize specific pieces and categories within the museum. I really enjoyed how when you first arrived the first "theme" of a room you walked into was dedicated to women in art. Multiple artworks created by one artist flowed from on the the other and description of the pieces provided. Something I enjoy almost as much as the artwork are the short biographies about some of the artists next to their works. I liked how each artwork from artist to artist seemed to be placed perfectly and much thought went into each artworks placement. If you were not paying attention you could easily get lost as the rooms flowed together. After walking after a while I realized I had not been paying attention and could not remember how I made my way to the particular section within the Harn. Not in a rush to leave I just continued to wonder until eventually the rooms looped back to near the area where I started browsing. I cant say I had a favorite section as I liked specific pieces within each section equally. I enjoyed how big sculptors were the focal points in he middle of the rooms or off centered to direct attention to other pieces around it.

The Harn created focal points for their big sculptors. Also I enjoyed the decorative blue windows.
The American Abstraction themed room in the Harn Museum.

The above (front) artwork is untitled and is made out of aluminum foil, acrylic, lacquer and polyresin. This piece of art created by John Chamberlain appeals to my core values, because it is created from recycled material. I try to be conscious about the materials we use and where they go after we are done with them. So much waste is accumulated throughout the world that can be prevented. John Chamberlain has been creating art work from the most unusual mediums. He has made famous pieces from foil, like the piece in the Harn, and from crushed cars and other materials. Materials that would be wasting away are now turned into things to be admired. He is very creative to be able to create a piece such as this one and reduce the amount of waste in the world all at once. This artwork inspired me to do the same. I am currently working on a wind chime made out of multiple old and broken wind chime pieces.

One of many of the Guerrilla Girls posters
Left, short biography. Right, more posters created by the Guerrilla Girls.

A collection of art I see as representing the Good Life the most is the movement of the Guerrilla Girls. A value humans have been fighting for since the most people can remember is equality. And more recently fighting for equality between women and men. The Guerrilla Girls are a group of women artists, who were fed up with the little publicity ad recognition women received in the arts in the 1980's. They are most famous for concealing their identity by wearing guerrilla masks, because of controversial artwork they created together. They would be greatly appreciative of the Harn, who created a themed room for "women in art" and displayed the Guerrilla Girls artwork along side other women's pieces. Not only a room, but the first room you must walk into to get the the other displays. You are somewhat forced to acknowledge the women's art pieces. The Guerrilla Girls would be proud. I am proud the women made an impact and drove the movement for women's equality in the arts.

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