GOOD LIFE AT THE HARN AN EXPLORATION THROUGH ART BY SAVANNA EWERS

Medium of the Art

The above photo is a picture of me with a piece called New York Harbor Composite by Yvonne Jacquette made in 2003. The artwork is made through a technique called woodcut on paper in which the artist creates an impression on their choice of paper from a carved block of wood. The technique was striking to me because rather than being flat like a photo of something, it had depth, which to me gave the meaning of the piece more depth. To me, this piece communicated the beauty of the harbor, with each important detail standing out at a different level than the background. It also depicted how busy the harbor is, with the three dimensional feel of the piece allowing onlookers to almost immerse themselves in the black and white feel of the rush of New York.

Design of the Museum

The most appealing parts of the museum were the windows. The way the light came flowed into each hallway making different shapes and shadows was mesmerizing. In the first picture, the way the sunlight acts as a backlight to the plants behind the window to me is a piece of art in itself. This also draws attention to the artwork sitting within that space. The next picture I took was in a hallway within the museum. The way the lighting hit the windows and floors allowing each to make perfect lines across the walls was so beautiful.

Art and Core Values

When I first saw this piece of art, I stopped, gasped, and stared for a long period of time. Frida Kahlo is a woman many look up to, including me. Her charm and humor made her appealing, but her strength in her beliefs and her bold beauty are on an entirely different level. Her power as a feminist in a time where many were not was incredible. She openly defied gender stereotypes by smoking, boxing, and drinking with men, and she was even openly bisexual. Reading about Frida Kahlo makes me feel powerful, so seeing this large portrait in front of me made me feel even better. Her beliefs are something I try to instill in my own life every day, and her unwillingness to be anybody other than herself is something that I continue to work towards.

Art and the Good Life

The art produced by the Guerrilla Girls depicted the theme of want we want to achieve, of a path towards enlightenment. Specifically, a path towards enlightenment for woman and people of color. The work boldly called out museums for only exhibiting art made by white men. The first picture specifically targets Margit Rowell, the Chief Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, stating that within the 71 artists shown at the MOMA, only three were white women, one was a woman of color, and there were no men of color. That means that 68 of the artists were white men, which displays no diversity whatsoever. By calling out these directors of museums that are not displaying art by women or people of color, the Guerrilla Girls are attempting to achieve enlightenment through more representation and diversity in museums. This shows that there are many paths one can take towards enlightenment or towards the good life, and everyone's end goal differs.

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