Above is a picture of the entrance walkway to the Harn Museum which we are lucky enough to have right on the perimeter of our campus.
Medium of the Art and Technique of the Artists
Everyone views a piece of art differently. But, seeing the display in person can be so much more effective than just seeing a picture of it. You are able to see it from every angle and notice the smallest details that a picture would never show. They say a picture says a thousand words, but when it comes to art, you must see it in person in order to fully experience it. When walking around the museum, I was amazed by the exhibit of Fancy Dress Masquerade in Ghana. Examining the exhibit and reading about the yearly tradition was very interesting and educational. For instance, I learned that the costumes are composed of layers of fringed fabrics and various colors. If I were to see a picture of the statue below, then I would really not understand the whole meaning. I would not notice the small details or textures. Thus, I would not truly see the entire meaning of the Good Life through the exhibit. Art is very powerful and always has a deeper meaning. In the case of the Fancy Dress Masquerade in Ghana, I felt that it was trying to show the long- time tradition of a community. This is something that brings them together, so they can have fun and celebrate each individual's many successes.
Design of the Museum
I have not really been to many museums recently so I was pretty impressed with the over all layout and design of the museum. When I first entered, I handed my GatorOne to the receptionist and looked around as she checked me in. The clean and modern foyer was very welcoming especially as people shuffled in and out. I then walked towards the actually museum area where I proceeded on my self- tour. As I opened the door, I was overwhelmed with the many different sections of displays I saw. As I ventured around, I was truly amazed with all the beautiful art that seemed to be endless. At the very back, I found the Ceramics wing. I was amazed by the beautiful pottery. Not only did this exemplify art but also different lifestyles of people from China, Japan, Central Asia, and South? Southeast Asia. When observing the ceramics, I saw such an array of sizes, shapes and colors. I feel this is a way for the artist to share their beliefs and experiences. I think I really appreciated this wing because it brought so many different cultures together and allowed room for each viewer to form their own connections between the different cultures and their own. In addition, I took a ceramics class in high school and really enjoyed it. I was always given an assignment but able to take my own approach on it, making it my own. Which in the long run, helped me to find my meaning of the Good Life. I really enjoyed how many different cultures the art displayed. I was able to learn so much yet somehow connect all the exhibits into the journey of seeking the Good Life.
Art and Core Values
The first exhibit I saw in the museum truly amazed me. It was full of beauty and complication, much like life. The Zandvoot by Frank Stella was in the American Abstraction wing and is truly an abstract. When I continuously stare at this piece and really think about it, I relate it to the core value of desire. I believe this is because the actual piece is so complex yet so simple. When we desire something, it can be a complex feeling but can also be simple. In life, it is human to desire many things; some of which we can achieve more easily than others. One of our biggest desires is discovering our individual Good Life. More times than not, this can be a long and tough process but the experiences that come along the way are amazing. If you look closely, one can notice the many different and vibrant colors that make up the structure. Now, imagine it without all the colors. Would you have the same view on it? I don't think it would make me think of the core value of desire anymore because when I desire something I know I must work hard and stay positive. Color and positivity tend to correlate in my mind. I do not think I would stay motivated if I viewed everything as black and white. Seeking the Good Life is a difficult and time consuming process, but it is very manageable and when all the pieces connect (like they do below), it is truly amazing.