Medium of the Art - Technique of the Artist
Manhattan; George Grosz German
Latin American Wing
The exhibit/wing of the Harn that most appealed to me was the Latin American Wing of the museum. Walking into that section of the museum, the first thing I noticed was the significant change in lighting. Unlike, other areas of the museum with an abundance of windows or seemingly aggressive lights, this wing of the museum had a sort of calm and reflective aura. The paintings and pieces of art were illuminated by small lights that glowed yellow as opposed to fluorescent white. Furthermore, the design of this wing with its strangely placed walls in the center of the room, these allowed visitors to feel as though they were experiencing the wing in solitude, considering they barred the view of other people in the wing. Finally, probably the best part of the wing was that it had two incredibly comfortable plush chairs facing a small alcove garden featuring a statue and a large vase. The museum wing made me feel calm and peaceful.
Art and Core Values
Stoneware Vessel; Ogawa Machiko
An artwork that conveys to me the theme change, which is important to the attainment and continuation of the “Good Life”, is the Buddhist Plaque from originally from a temple in Korea. For me, the piece conveys the idea of continual change through the carvings that are present on the plaque, both the spinning wheel and the swastika. The wheel for me conveys change and or continual change in that wheel’s spin and continually roll, moving from place to place. It’s possible that this is what the original artist behind the piece wanted to convey. However, the swastika conveys change in a different way. Although, the swastika originally represented something good, literally “good fortune” and “well-being”, today the swastika is most commonly associated with the atrocities of WWII, Nazis, and white supremacy. The meaning conveyed by this symbol has completely changed due to the actions of a few people. Everything in the world is constantly changing, sometimes that change is bad and sometimes it is good. In seeking the Good Life, we need to continually change for the better. This piece of art conveys that to me.