Tour of the Harn Max Orshan

The piece that I truly enjoyed viewing in person in comparison to just a picture was Louis Comfort Tiffany's "Eighteen-Light Pond Lily Lamp". The dim lighting that came from the peddled lamp set a very comfortable viewing mood. The intricacy of the sculpture also enhances the appreciation for this piece of functional art. The realism of the sculpture was its most striking feature. From a distance, one could be fooled to think that this was a lily plant that was withering. This piece communicated to me a sense of vitality in a slumped state. Although the lamp is the depiction of a plant, to me the light represents life continuing in an unfavorable situation. The functionality of this piece of art is also one of my favorite aspects of this piece. The craftsmanship of this lamp was very enjoyable to view in person.

This wing of the museum was the favorite thing that I experienced while at the Harn. The video of the "Okakagbe masquerade performance" was being projected on a wall in front of me. At the same time, behind me, a full wall mirror was hanging and projecting the reflective image of the video. I felt that this mirror was put in place to allow visitors to interact with the video and dance the steps of the performance. The use of reflection was a very clever curative trick. The space in between the video projection and the mirror was ample enough to really get in to the steps. Although I did not dance myself, just the idea of trying to mirror the dancing was an interesting concept. The exhibit made me feel a sense of relief for the atmosphere of the art in the museum. Many exhibits in most museums can be a dull onslaught of mixed medium art. Very rarely does a museum entice visitors to break it down and interact with the art in a physical way. This made the African tribal wing of the museum very refreshing to me.

The artwork that appealed to one of my core values was this Guerrilla Girls poster that was created in 1989. The Guerrilla Girls utilized provocative and, at the time, controversial images to make people think. The psychic discomfort that comes about when reading these images is an important process for our society to advance. When looking at this picture, the emotion that I feel is discontent. To me, these questions that the Guerrilla Girls pose should not be relevant in 2017. However, the Guerrilla Girls are still around today because the fight for equality in art and life is far from over. This piece of art furthers my belief in the need to understand and see life through the views of marginalized communities. Whether it be women or a minority group, I feel that it is important to gain a different viewpoint than my own to further my advancement.

In my opinion, this image by Sebastiao Salgado entitled "a thanksgiving prayer to the Mixe god Kioga in gratitude for the good harvest" is an accurate depiction of the good life. I believe that this picture represents Celebrating and Fighting for the Good Life. Both of these farmers are celebrating and praying to Kioga for a good harvest. On the other hand, both farmers are also fighting for themselves and their families to survive and prosper. It takes a sense of faith to believe that Kioga can answer the prayer for the next years yield. However, the picture showcases the pure satisfaction of making an important milestone in a farmers yearly yield. In my opinion, the person who works on the field has one of the hardest jobs around. You need to provide for yourself and your family with the hope that the world helps in the cultivation. These farmers are filled with admiration for Kioga and are celebrating his cooperation with their cause. This layer of celebrating the good life has been added to my understanding of what it takes to have a comprehensive good life.

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