Motion Picture (Times Square) by Yvonne Jacquette (1989-1990)
The Motion Picture struck me as soon as I walked into the room. I had walked into that area seeing many pieces of work in only black and white and this ones vibrant colors caught my eye. It kept my eye because I am in love with New York and have never seen a take like this. At first I thought it was made with oil pastels but as I got closer I found out it was actually made out of 12 color lithograph and silkscreen. I would have never known this if I weren't able to have an in-depth look at the work. My favorite part about the piece is the way Jacquette made it look like the cars are moving. Her technique makes the Motion Picture looks like it has an actual texture and it makes me feel like I'm actually there looking over Times Square.
The David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing
This wing was my favorite part in the whole design of the museum. The artwork was all spaced out with two giant pieces laying in the middle of the floor. I feel the space was the most vital part to that whole wing because I felt I had the time and room to truly admire each piece of artwork in the room. I felt the designers also used it to shows Asia's separation from the USA. Asia is on the other side of the world the same way this section is completely away from us and it is unique from the others exhibits. Finally it was the only wing that had an outdoor section for me to view. It gave me fresh air and gave me a feeling of calm and tranquility. This gave me a renewed energy and sense of vigor to continue on my journey through the museum.
Family by Agustin Cardenas (1991)
This sculpture was my favorite part of the whole museum. I approached it from behind and knew before even seeing it I had fallen in love with it. I knew what the sculpture represented before I even saw it from the front. This artwork inspires joy, longing, sadness, and love all at the same time. It makes me think of the great times I have at home with my family and it reminds me just how far away from home I am. The sadness comes whenever I think of that distance. I love the sculpture though, because it brings me love. Whenever I think of my family I always end up thinking about love and all they have given me. It is one of the greatest reminders of who I love most and the reasons why I strive to do my best here. I have an even more personal connections as Agustin Cardenas is Cuban and I am also of Cuban decent. My mind was blown when I read a Cuban sculptor had created my favorite sculpture of all time.
Southern Teamaster by Palmer Hayden (1945)
Hayden was an important figure pushing for the advancement of African American's in America. He depicts the Good Life theme of Celebration in this painting. It isn't a birthday celebration and it isn't Christmas but he is depicting a celebration of African American advancement and education. This was made during the Harlem Renaissance and he hoped this painting would speak toward the African American culture and help inspire those younger than he to be proud of their heritage and to live up to it. It is a celebration of my culture and I loved this painting and all it represented. This was a man showing he was proud to be an African American and he was proud of where he came from. During a time when segregation and discrimination were still extremely prevalent this is a brave and beautiful painting.