The Harn Museum Shannon rieger

Introduction

On Tuesday January 24th, I ventured to the Harn Museum, where I was able to view a wide variety of artwork and intriguing exhibits. The many pieces of art that I viewed at the museum, evoked lots of emotions and thoughts. Additionally, the museum had a wonderful, peaceful atmosphere that enabled me to take in and appreciate the aesthetically pleasing artwork.

Medium of the Art

The first piece of art that I found most striking is the painting above, called Nets-Infinity (TWOS). This painting is an acrylic on canvas and was created by the artist, Yayoi Kusama, who is frequently thought of as "Japan's greatest living artist". Being able to view this painting in a museum setting, enabled me to fully appreciate the uniqueness and beauty of the painting. It is difficult to tell from just a picture, but parts of the painting were raised making it appear bumpy or rough to the touch. Additionally, seeing the artwork against a plain white wall, made the painting stand out enabling it to capture my attention. The bright red of the painting made me feel passionate and excited while the circular patterns did the opposite,making me feel at ease. This communicated to me that many emotions can be felt at once as well as the cyclical nature of the universe.

Design of the Museum

The museum contained many interesting and beautiful exhibits that I admired, but my favorite exhibit in the museum was Yvonne Jacquette: Night Light. This exhibit features paintings and prints of aerial landscapes, particularly New York City, painted by Yvonne Jacquette. Not only did I love the paintings displayed in this exhibit, but also I thoroughly enjoyed the layout of it. It was a very open exhibit filled with space to walk around in, which seemed to be in contrast with the crowded cities portrayed in the paintings. Additionally, I thought the paintings were positioned in a nice way where the colorful paintings complimented the darker ones. Overall, the exhibit made me feel energized and adventurous, like I could explore anywhere and take on the world.

Art and Core Values

The painting featured in the above photo is called Manhattan. It is an oil painting by George Grosz who is a German American expressionist who moved to New York City from Germany. This painting made me think of the importance of following one's dreams and hard work. I have always associated "The Big Apple" with success and people working their hardest to accomplish even the craziest of dreams. Because of this the painting of New York City reinforced my belief that the key to success and happiness is hard work. Additionally, the grey and blue colors used in this painting, as well as the painting itself, made me feel hopeful and think of the future with a positive outlook.

Art and the Good Life

The statue in the picture above is of a bodhisattva, which is a Buddhist saint who does not enter enlightenment to show compassion for all others attempting to reach that same goal. The statue was created during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and is a part of the Korea exhibit. The statue is made of wood with gold and to me it represented a key theme in the Good Life. In my eyes, this statue represents the theme of seeking the Good Life. It conveys this theme by showing someone who has the capability to reach enlightenment, but chooses not to as a way to show his love for others, and yet still appears to be happy and content with his life. The statue helped me appreciate this theme by showing me that there are many ways to seek and ultimately find the Good Life and sometimes the best way to find it is through love and compassion for others.

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