The Harn Museum By Alex Adolphson

Medium of Art

This beautiful statue is called the Dancing Ganesh. It was made in 13th century India portraying a Hindu god. The picture does not give the detail and emotional impact of the statue justice. In person, the detail is much more vibrant and personally impactful. Seeing this artwork actually evoked a sense of happiness and pride that the artist was trying to convey. Ganesh is a friendly god that is inviting and welcomes change above obstacles. The mouse underneath his feet is supposed to represent gnawing a way through any obstacle. In person, the detail of every chisel is really striking. The more I looked at the statue, the more detail I was able to find and correlate to the central theme of the artwork. The face of the statue even conveyed emotion so well. The god looked confident even when confronted with obstacles. The artwork communicated to me the importance of a good attitude in any circumstance. It is almost like the god was saying to me keep at it. That the obstacles I face are trivial compared to me. It made me feel empowered and confident like the god is.

The Design of the Museum

The design of the museum was very expertly designed. It allowed for the viewers attention to be drawn to the artwork. I specifically liked the Asian Art Wing, which was showcased outside of the museum. I have enjoyed learning about Asian culture, so I was naturally drawn to this wing. The wing starts out with a rock garden that is strategically placed at the entrance. After the rock garden, there is a water garden showcasing traditional Japanese art from many years ago. Dispersed throughout the wing there are various plants indigenous to Asia giving the garden life. There was also a traditional Asian bridge, which I found the design to be very interesting to me. The wing used its space very efficiently. It was quite stunning to look at and immerse myself in. It was like being at a different country making it that much more appealing to me. It made me feel like I was no longer in America, but in a beautiful, foreign land. It evoked mystery and intrigue in me.

Art and Core Values

These paintings are part of a collection called the Disparates made by Goya around 1816. It depicts the horrors that man creates such as war. Fear of the inquisition also stopped Goya from publishing these paintings before his death. The paintings often depict grotesque acts such as murder by the hands of man and demon like creatures. The vivid imagery really speaks to me about the atrocities that exist in the world. It reinforces my core values of basic human rights and humanitarianism. The artist is trying to instill fear and disgust in me. It wants to show me the horrors that exist in the world. It just reinforces my values that something should be done to prevent these inhumane acts. It reminds me that there are thousands if not millions of people suffering and being denied basic human rights. It shows me the grim reality of the world. Knowing these horrors forces me to acknowledge and deal with them. Even the artists was hesitant enough to not publish his work because of the atrocities the inquisition might commit.

Art and the Good Life

This sculpture is that of the Archangel Raphael. It was made in the mid 20th century out of wood and leather. The artists is George T. Lopez, a Mexican sculptor. The good life is all about hope and a better tomorrow. It as about seeking for one's aspirations and goals. It is about triumphing and healing oneself and the people around them. The Archangel Raphael is a perfect example of this. The Archangel represents healing in Judeo-Christian tradition. It is also represents that of happiness and hope. He is a beacon of a better future for all. It gives those who see the sculpture a renewed sense of hope to continue seeking for the good life that they so desire. The statue helps me understand that seeking the good life is a hard task. It requires help from all types of people and even objects such as this one. There is even an Archangel dedicated to hope and healing just to help those seeking the good life continue. Without hope, there would be no good life. No one would even bother working for this goal if they believed there was no chance of obtaining it. This statue helped me realize the significance of hope to the good life.

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