Good Life Tour of the Harn By: Brittany Hillman

Introduction

On February 8, 2017 I visited the Harn Museum of Art, excited to see some color, culture, and history.

Experiencing Yvonne Jacquette's: Night Light
Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

In the past I have always struggled to photograph an image as it appeared in person. Now looking at Jacquette's artwork from a photograph, it is easy to see that the art is less vibrant and eye-catching than in person. Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II (top image) in particular caught my eye. This piece of art helps me better understand this unique vantage point and appreciate the amount of detail and use of light and color that Jacquette implemented in this work. I find this work particularly striking because although it is only oil on canvas, it appears that each vibrant color is an individual stitch that was woven onto the canvas. Through this piece I was able to see the excitement and the noise of the pachinko parlor and it made me want to go to Tokyo and join it! Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II is such a fun piece and invites everyone to join in and play.

David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing
Design of the Museum

A specific wing of the Horn that was very appealing to me was the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing. I found the design of this wing appealing because it was so light and open. All of the ceramic artwork was presented in glass cases, making it easy to see the colors and details of the bowls, pots, and vases. Also, the space of the wing was utilized fully, but it didn't have too much artwork that it seemed cluttered. The exhibit reminded me a little of my kitchen back home because it gave that same warm spacious feeling and lighting that a kitchen does. I also really liked how the window faced a garden to the outside, it gave the overall feeling of the room to be airy and inviting. The wing itself was very relaxing and tranquil and I would love to go back and just sit in there for hours.

Asian Collection
Art and Core Values

An artwork at the Horn that appeals to my core value of family was Kim Hongdo's Hunting with Falcons. The art itself reminds me of my family because when my family and I lived in China we collected similar pieces of art like this one. The visual of the artist represents the simplicity of the little things in life, like watching falcons hunt geese. Hongdo's painting of daily life allows me to appreciate my core value of family because it reminds me not to take something simplistic for granted. For me, the artwork instills a feeling of nostalgia, when I had time to waste the day away watching the world outside of a window, which only further makes me cherish the time I had with my family and the time in the future I will spend with my family.

Robert Gwathmey: "The Woodcutter"
Art and the Good Life

Robert Gwathmey's The Woodcutter (top photo) portrays an important theme of embodying the good life. In The Woodcutter, Gwathmey portrays the exclusion of slavery during the 1900's in the United States. It is through the dark colors and bold lines that discourages the viewer from being invited into the painting. The Woodcutter communicates the theme of embodying the good life because it reveals the horrendous parts in American history where human beings excluded other human beings based on appearance and stereotypes, just like we still do today. This painting adds to my understanding of embodying the good life because it is clear that the separations that humans have made over a hundred years ago is still happening today, it may or not be about skin color, but we are still divided whether it be gender, sexual orientation, or political viewpoints--maybe the day will come where we all will embody and achieve the good life without division within society.

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