Good Life Tour of the Harn Oscar Sanz Diaz

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

Tokyo Street with Panchinko Parlor 2 by Yvonne Jacquette grabbed my absolute attention as I walked past it. The bright, vibrant colors personally stood out to me from the accompanying art on the walls and demanded that I take a closer look. The energetic feel of the work along with its busy scenery immersed me in the painting, drawing my eye to even the most minute detail in the piece. Seeing this in person, especially next to other much different works of art, allowed me to further appreciate it than I would have through any medium other than in-person. Moreover, the level of interest I had in the work was a direct result of having it in front of me with no distractions other than other pieces of art. Thus, I can truly say that I would not have appreciated or enjoyed the work as much if I had been looking at it through a picture or over the internet. Being from Miami, I thoroughly enjoyed and related to the artist's vivacious depiction of a bustling city full of nonstop activity and vibrant life. The bright lights especially communicated the feel of a city that is oxymoronically calm through its constant energy and activity.

Design of the Museum

The American Abstraction exhibit's design stood out to me particularly from the rest of the museum. Upon entering this exhibit, my mood instantly changed from that which I had felt throughout the rest of the tour. The room was much more spacious than the rest in terms of the amount of art present in such a large amount of space. Moreover, the art itself was three dimensional (as the pieces were sculptures. This allowed me to observe the various pieces from multiple angles and get various messages and understandings from individual pieces based on how I chose to see it. Simply put, the structure of the American Abstraction exhibit was very abstract, and I felt that the arrangement of the room itself conveyed as much about abstract art as did the pieces themselves. As a whole, I felt an appreciation for the pieces in this exhibit much more than those of any other.

Art and Core Values

This oil piece titled Chelsea Composite II personally appealed to me as it depicts a beautiful English skyline. From my previous experiences, I have always felt that looking out alone at a city's illuminated skyline at nighttime generates an inspirational, "you can do anything" feeling as much as it provides an excellent place to reflect and realize that what may seem like a big problem is truly much more insignificant than one might think. Truly, this painting connected to my core value of empathy, which is my belief that I should always try to treat others as well as I possibly can whilst not judging any actions that commit. I hold this belief as essential to who I am as a person because I believe that understanding is the key to the progression of human values, and in order to truly understand one must place themselves in the mindset of their subject while simultaneously removing any bias that they might have. Because of this value, this work triggered feelings of awe and aspiration in me as it reminded me of why I believe what I do. It also made me feel inspired to not only live out my life in a way that fully represents and supports my belief, but also to instill this belief in others so that they might do the same. This work led me to believe even more firmly that I should try my best to remain humble regardless of my situation in life in order to better understand others to not only help them but perhaps to help myself.

Art and the Good Life

I am Not a Persian Carpet by Aphrodite Desiree Navab truly taught me more about the "Embodying the Good Life" theme of feminism and female objectification. In class, we discuss how it is important that humans overcome any bodily limitations to achieve the good life. Moreover, we also spoke about the importance of not prejudging things based on body image. As this photograph expresses Western stereotypes of Middle Easter culture, it challenges that women should not be viewed as commodities as they historically have been before; this message is conveyed through the tattoo placed on the woman's stomach. This message truly does empower women to conquer stereotypes and reminds men to let go of any stereotypes they might posses regarding women.

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