Good Life Tour of the Harn By Brenna Masgai

Introduction: This week I had the opportunity to experience the Harn, a museum of art, at the University of Florida campus. This was a wonderful and interesting experience, and you can look at all of the things that I did while I was there below. Scroll through to view the pieces I thought were most interesting and influential, and go visit the Harn for yourself!

Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist: The painting above is an oil painting on canvas. The title of the piece is "Tokyo Street with Pachinko Paper II" by Yvonne Jacquette. This painting is a vibrant view of Tokyo at night time. Seeing this image in person helped me to better appreciate the work because of the brush strokes. In person, you can see all of the raised paint and the texture of the brush strokes on the canvas. This made me appreciate all of the hard work that must have gone into the work itself. It amazed me how much oil paint the artist actually used and how they used it. The raised paint is what I found to be most striking about this piece, but I could also argue that the small details in the work also make it quite a notable and memorable work. This work with the techniques that I found so striking communicated the relationship between hard work and the busy lives of those in the city. It communicated that all of the city is alive and real, which was shown by the raised oil paint on the canvas. It really showed that it wasn't just a painting, but a creation that was living. The artwork made me feel excited like the people who lived in the city in the painting, and it also made me feel kind of dreamy because of the setting of the painting along with the bright lights attached. I really enjoyed this piece and I think it is one of my favorites at the Harn.

Design of the Museum: This wing of the museum called "Mirror Mirror...Portraits of Frida Kahlo" was especially appealing to me because of the different colors of the walls. Usually in a museum or art exhibit, the walls are white. This exhibit, however, used blue and white walls for the many photos of Frida Kahlo that hung on them. The use of the bold colors like the ones Frida used was a message in itself and drew me closer to the exhibit. The arrangement of art was also attracting to me because all of the portraits were hung in similar frames in similar proportions. This kind of professional and clean presentation is something I like, so naturally I was drawn to this exhibit. This exhibit really breathes Frida Kahlo with the colors and the portraits of her. This wing makes me feel so inspired and energetic because of the colors and the overall message. This was my favorite exhibit out of them all at the Harn, and it is one that nobody should miss.

Art and Core Values: This piece of art titled, "Do Women Have to be Naked to Get Into the Met Museum? Update" by Guerrilla Girls shows a woman in the nude with a gorilla mask on sitting under an intense question with stats about the art in the Met. This appeals to my core values of equality and growth. This is a large and bold piece which grabs the attention of viewers as they walk in. The visual representation appeals to my equality and growth values because it is pointing out a big statistic showing that women's bodies are objectified even in museums. This core value of equality is called when the art calls for it and questions where it is. The artist helped to bring this value back to my attention with the shocking facts in it. The emotion that it gave me helped me to better understand just how strongly I felt about these core values I have. The emotion that this artwork instills in me is passion. The passion includes a passion for change and an angry passion for women everywhere. This work overall helps me to believe and cherish the core value I have for equality and reminds me of just how strong that value is.

Art and the Good Life: I think that this work above titled, "Untitled (Frida with painted corset)" by Florence Arquin done on Gelatin silver print, shows the Good Life theme of helping others and expressing yourself by showing one of the most helping and expressive individuals ever. This work evokes that theme just by having a picture of Frida Kahlo in it. For me, it evokes these themes by having an women who represents both of those things. Seeing an icon such as Frida is a trigger for my Good Life and those Good Life values. This picture adds to my appreciation of that theme by reminding me of all of the wonderful charity and art work that Frida Kahlo did. It adds to my understanding of those values by showing how deep you can go to truly help and express yourself using Frida as an example. Frida Kahlo was such a big influence to me and she represents so much of what I think the Good Life is, that just photos of her ooze the themes of the course. This work helped me to appreciate the Good Life and all it is, and I'm sure it did the same for others.

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