Design of the Museum: The wing of the museum that was the most interesting to me was the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing. As I was walking through the museum, just taking it all in, I was drawn to the Asian Art Wing by its beautiful wooden structure and the beaming light coming from the outside. When I walked in the wing, I was enamored by the beauty of the forest and its light shining through. Although I was not necessarily interested by Asian art, I stopped and spent some time admiring it due to the beautiful room.
Art and Core Values: This piece is called Road Worker, and was created by Diego Rivera in 1945. Although the piece looks simple, it spoke to me. When I look at the piece, I see a man putting is head down and just grinding away. Not thinking about anything else but the task at hand, until that task is completed. This piece motivated me immensely. I thought to myself that if this man is able to just focus on his job and work so effectively, even if his job may seem very simple, imagine how I should feel and act when I have an extremely important task at hand. Whenever I am catch myself procrastinating I should just think of the road worker.
Art and the Good Life: This painting is called Dos Niños (two kids) and was painted by Jesús Guerrero Galván in 1948. A big theme that we discussed last week after reading Walden and Siddhartha was living simplistically leading to the living the good life. When I viewed this painting, the thing that struck me was the innocence in those kids' eyes. It was painted in a very simplistic way as well. Although as a college student I will never get that kind of innocence back like those children in the painting have, I believe that if I just stopped once in a while, and just simply thought about life, or any happy thoughts, or just let my mind relax those children in the painting, instead of just always focusing on my next task, I would be able to live what I believe is closer to the good life.
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