ART AND CORE VALUES: These are paintings by Rafael Tufino, a Puerto Rican artist. They are called the "Coffee Portfolio", because they clearly show how the coffee industry and Latin American culture is. This collection appeals my core values and emotions because I am Venezuelan, and it just shockingly reminds me how my heritage culture is. The painting that shows people playing music and dancing recalls how family parties used to be back home, and I just started thinking how much I miss home. But they also bring happiness to me, because those are the good memories that I will always have and I am glad that art shows Latin American culture as a hard working one, but also as a happy community.
ART AND THE GOOD LIFE: The "Seated Buddha" sculpture by Gandhara is located in the Asian collection of the Harn. I chose it because the first thing I thought about when I saw it was "Siddhartha", the book we discussed in class and has an important relation to the Good Life. By just looking at it one feels a sensation of calm and relaxation. I started thinking about how Siddhartha reached his Good Life, all the sacrifices he had to make, all he left behind and all the effort. But the sculpture shows a Buddha who probably also went through all this, but after all he has a calm face of happiness because he was able to reach the enlightenment, which teaches all of us that after all effort and suffering, good things come and happiness comes with them.