Harn Museum of Art Good Life Tour

MEDIUM/TECHNIQUE

I chose a sculpture, A Heave to Unfold, by Yuki Nakaigawa to represent this slide because a picture of this sculpture alone would not be able to depict the distinctive features of it. In one context it may look like a rock of some sort, and in another context it could be an uncomfortable chair-type item. Seeing it in person allowed me to see the sculpture in its entirety, and I walked around the sculpture in order to get a full look at each detail. A picture could not capture the intricate details in the sculpture, such as the repeated small lines that ran along the surface, or the gaping lines that broke the sculpture into sections. I could appreciate this work better after seeing all of its features with my own eye, rather than through a lens or screen. I found the texture of the sculpture to be striking, because it must have taken the artist a long time to complete each detail. Also, the size of this sculpture drew me to it. As I mentioned before, there were many repeated small lines throughout the sculpture which must have taken patience, diligence, and persistence to complete. This sculpture communicated simplicity. There wasn’t much color, and it sat in an amorphous blob, yet it was still art in its own way. The artwork made me feel confused. I could not figure out why this was made, how it was created, or what the sculptor wanted the audience to interpret it as. However, it still caught my eye, and that must mean something to the artist.

A Heave to Unfold Nakaigawa, Yuki 1960

DESIGN OF THE MUSEUM

The African Collection was very appealing. In the entrance, a video played on the wall of people dancing. The front of the exhibit displayed a figure clothed in colorful attire that immediately caught my attention. Behind it stood a light blue wall, with dark masks and sculpted items lined along it. As I continued to walk through the exhibit, I saw more masks, pieces and artworks that demonstrated the African culture. The lighting was bright enough to see the details of the art, but dim enough that I didn’t feel like I was in a classroom. The more intricate artworks were spaced out farther than the smaller and less complicated ones, in order to give the intricate pieces more attention. The arrangement placed the most eye catching pieces throughout the exhibit so that one could be continuously intrigued as they walked through. The exhibit made me feel the pride that these pieces represent. This artwork is unique to the African culture, and I do not see things that I saw in that exhibit often.

The African Collection Exhibit

ART AND CORE VALUES

I felt the most personal connection to the Korean glassware. I am South Korean, and my mother is as well. We were both adopted, and we’ve been able to visit Korea on multiple occasions. Each time my mother goes, which is about twice a year, she tends to buy and bring home beautiful Korean hand painted glassware pieces. She displays them around the house, showing off their beauty. Seeing those in the Harn made me think of home, both in Nebraska, where I live, and South Korea, where I originate from. The pieces instill that no matter where I go, I can find a home. It helps me cherish every action that brought me to where I am today.

Korean Art: Collecting Treasures

ART AND THE GOOD LIFE

The portraits of Frida Kahlo Rivera depicted her in many settings, emotions, and places. I believe that this exhibit as a whole represents her embodying the Good Life. It communicates this theme by depicting Frida Kahlo Rivera embracing herself, where she is, and what she is doing in that particular moment. The photographer is embracing her as well by capturing even the simplest moments of her life. In lecture, Professor Duffy mentioned the idea that “Life is a journey” and throughout the pictures in the exhibit, one can see Frida Kahlo Rivera in changes of scene, but a similar look in her eye, as if she is content no matter where she is located or what she is doing. This exhibit adds to my understanding of the theme because it is easy to talk about embodying the Good Life, but it is much harder to translate that into your reality. These pictures display how one has translated this concept into a snapshot of a reality, no matter the situation she seems to be at peace, and has accepted whatever may be happening at that moment.

Frida Kahlo Rivera Exhibit

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