Harn museum activity By dana awwad

On my trip to the Harn museum of art, I got to see different pieces of art and learn more about the artistic techniques and the messages every piece carries. I have enjoyed every piece I have seen and the time I spent there.

Picture taken at the Harn museum of art. January 2017.

Medium of the art / Technique of the artist - The painting "Pulling Turpentine" is an oil on Masonite painting done by the American artist Alice Wilson in 1944. This painting represents the hard work of those workers of color. Slavery is clearly shown in every corner of the painting and reflects that those workers are still humans who do feel tired despite the general idea back then of them having to work hard constantly. The cigarettes in their mouths smoking shows a way of seeking relief after a hard day working cutting the trees. The frame this picture had was plain and black, which to me gave it a sad vibe, reflecting the unfairness of higher classes, racism or slavery. We could also see the harsh strokes of the painting brush revealing the feelings and emotions of the painter.

Picture taken at the Harn museum of art. January 2017.

Design of the museum - This corner of the museum (the Asian collection) has attracted me and got my attention as it had this massive glass wall and its windows with the sun rays filling the place and making it feel bigger than it actually is. Comparing this part of the museum to the rest of the places I was walking in was more memorable as the windows showed the nature and the pieces of art as one to me. It made me feel like my lungs weren't big enough for me to breath enough air of happiness and art filling the place.

Picture taken at the Harn museum of art. January 2017.

Art and core values - As a believer and a religious person, my passion for religions kept on growing as I grew older. Buddha has been a very interesting icon for me ever since before I started reading Siddhartha. My interest in religions kept on growing as their aims of fixing societies and people into becoming better ones increased. This sculpture of Buddha has struck lots of different feelings inside of me as I saw it. Seeking peace, being kind, patient and ambitious were some of the different feelings I got staring at it. One of my main core values is the ambition and strength to keep on fighting for the good in people and the world, Buddha expresses this and means this to me, therefore this sculpture made me happy to see and reflect on.

Picture taken at the Harn museum of art. January 2017.

Art and the Good Life - Stuart Robert Purser Is an American artist who involves himself with issues of social injustice. The painting Bicycle is set in Louisiana and illustrates slaves riding bicycles in one direction. Immediately, I thought of this as a portrayal of a group of people moving towards the good life -outlined by whatever societal construct there is that currently governs that group- and how dehumanizing it would be if everyone was to take the same path in accomplishing their goals and the good life. Cementing the idea that the path to the good life is not one that is defined nor determined by social constructs, but it assumes a more personal and individualistic voyage. In the same way Siddhartha went against the waves in his attempt to attain enlightenment and took a path that more tailored for him as an individual human being.

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