My Harn Musuem of Art Experience By: Ian Milaski

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

The sculpture of Islandia, pictured above, is the first piece of art you see when you walk into the Harn Musuem of Art. I thought the sculpture was geniously placed as the first piece of artwork you see when you walk into the musuem because it forces the observer to think critically about the role of men and women in society. It also encourges observers to critically evalute art and the society in their daily lives. This piece of art was particularly striking to me because Flack, the artist, sculpted it in a way in which each detail is symbolic of something. Flack makes the sculpted angel topless to show that women are typically idealized for their body, the open hands to show that she is welcoming, etc. The sculpture communicated to me that I should always critically evaluate art that I see and try to relate what I observe to my personal life. The sculpture made me feel like I should take it upon myself to appreciate other people's struggles and ambitions, and not just my own.

Design of the Musuem

I took the above pictures in the part of the musuem with ceramics and pottery from many countries around the world. I found the design of the exhibit to be particularly appealing because after observing the artwork in the exhibit, you can see a beautiful Chinese garden outside. When I went outside into the garden, the air was 100% pure, fish were in the pond, and I felt at peace with myself. Being able to relax and reflect on my touring of the Harn in the garden was a very satisfying experience because of the overwhelming sense of tranquility I felt while I was in the garden.

Art and Core Values

The Chinese ceramic peach pictured above is aligned with my core value that hard work equals happiness. The peach symbolizes a prosperous, long life, with children, which is something I want in my life. The ceramic peach reminds me to always work hard and focus on what I want to achieve, so I will be able to support a healthy life with a family in the future. It makes me feel happy with my life so far and encourages me to continuously think about what I can improve in my life.

Art and the Good Life

The above picture is Frida Kahlo, a Mexican, who immigrated to the U.S in the late 1920s. Frida had a deformed body, was an incredible painter and muralist, and was famous for how she looked at the camera when people took her picture. She also was a feminist. The good life theme in this painting is embodying the good life. Frida embodied bravery and strength in becoming a women who elevated past just her body . Her paintings were acclaimed all over the world and she showed that women can be as talented and famous, if not more, than men. I know that during the 1920's in America, women were still looked down in society and under-appreciated. To me, the painting reminds me to never judge anyone, not just women, by what society stereotypes them for, but to always appreciate the talents they bring into the world.

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