Manhattan 1946 George Grosz
I related this art piece to Art and the Good life. With the advancement of the human race and the growth of technology, one may correlate the "good life" with city life. I was instilled with this notion from a young age as city- particularly New York- and industry was correlated with the idea of success. The historical inspiration of this painting also exemplified this. The artist, George Grosz, left Nazi Europe to seek a safe haven in New York City. Therefore, he viewed this city as being majestic and dazzling. This piece shows the good life theme of seeking and how it is human nature to seek for advancement. Therefore, I am better able to understand the Good Life theme of seeking because I can relate it to my own desire for progress. The city becomes symbolic of progress. He found a better life- although one cannot say a "good life"- in New York City.
Dancing Ganesh 13th Century Black Stone.
I related this art piece to Art and Core Values due to the fact that a large part of my upbringings was centered around the Hindu religion. Therefore, I was raised knowing the stories of Ganesh. Being brought up with those beliefs, they shaped who I am as a person and the goals that I strive for. These religious beliefs affected the daily life in my house, which would surely be different if my family was of a different faith. Therefore, I feel that this art piece was a quality representation of the core values instilled in me. It made me feel nostalgic of back home and I, therefore, appreciated the core values instilled in my by my parents.
Old Man's Cloth El Anatsui
This art piece correlated to my ideas of Medium of Art/ Technique of Art. From the second I saw it, I knew that its structure was completely unique than what I expected. It was a massive piece that you see the second you walk in to the museum. The way that it popped out of the wall, made it seem to be a dazzling structure. Likewise, the fact that it was made from discarded bottle tops- an element that I did not even find noticeable- made its structure one of a kind. It is blatant to see that the artist went beyond the traditional art medium and used a creative approach to make his work captivating to individuals.
Cast of Thousands, Sierra Pelada, Brazil, Sebastiao Salgado
The location of this piece was very unique in my opinion, therefore, making me think of the Design of the Museum. It took a few friends and myself a long time to actually find this piece. I think placing it in a drawer was very creative in that it is a different way of viewing art. It made the museum more interactive and was more fun than just walking around and looking at pieces. When seeing this piece I could tell that whoever designed this museum put a large amount of care into where each piece should go and how that would affect the work. Seeing this piece in a drawer made me further appreciate the piece in a new perspective, rather than looking at it straight on a wall