The first exhibit we walked through was one by John Camberlain. It was large in size and had such a unique medium. Camberlain used caused cars to shape vividly colored abstract sculptures that are aesthetically pleasing. His use of disagreed materials shows how something broken can become something beautiful and something to be admired. Being able to see this artwork in person really allowed me to visualize the unique medium and the impressive size of the art. In a book or a photo, the art loses some of its character and some of its appeal which is why I'm glad I got to experience it first hand. The art made me feel awed by the artist's ability to turn something average into a large, unique piece of art.
The next exhibit had an incredible design. Not only was the focus on the art itself but there was also a video projected in a back room that taught the visitors more about the art. This was such a cool idea to add to the bright and colorful art centered throughout the room. In addition, behind the art were quotes about the art and photos of the culture in which the artist experienced his iinspiration. This made the art itself really come to life and created a more interactive experience for the viewers. The way in which the architects and artists set up this section of the museum made me feel happy to be able to experience it.
I was so excited when I saw these helmets on display because it brought a personal aspect to my experience at the Harn. In high school I took a class about art history and these helmets were something we spent a lot of time learning about. They are called Bundu masks and they were made in an African society to represent a woman's transition to womanhood. Each mask was unique and represented a different aspect of the culture, whether it be wealth, purity, health and prosperity. Seeing these helmets in the Harn museum made me appreciate the class I took in high school and the amount of opportunities I had to learn. I realized how what I was learning actually meant something and could be applied when I least expect it.
This variation of vivid art work was created by Cundo Bermudez as a tribute to Cuba. He was a painter and muralist who was famous for celebrating themes of Cuba such as the landscapes or even still lifes. Near the art there was an information plaque that the viewers could read while looking at his art to learn more about his background and his culture. While reading the plaque a woman came up next to me to also read the interesting information and we began to discus the different art we saw and liked. This reminded me of the sharing module in the good life. Being able to experience art is one thing but being able to share it, whether it be while creating it or just admiring it, is another. She talked about her experiences and how she related to some of the art which was very interesting to hear. I would not have had this experience if I was just reading about the art in a textbook rather than seeing it in a museum.