The HARN Museum Haneen Jaber

The Medium and Technique of the Art

"Old Man Cloth" by El Anatsui

This is a piece names “Old Man’s Cloth”. It is made out of bottle tops and strips of metal. They are meant to resemble a “Kente” cloth, native to Ghana and Togo. Up close, you could actually read the names of the brands and types of liquor. You could see the wear and tear, or how stretched out some pieces were. The spaces between every piece of metal was different but contributed to the overall design of the art piece. I found it especially amazing to see the “fold” in the cloth and how the metal and wires had to be bend specific ways to make such an effortless looking “fold”. The art work represented the poor, because of the beat up nature of the metal and the cloth reminded me of cold nights those less fortunate have to spend outdoors with just a cloth to warm them.

Design of the Museum

The Asian Collection of the museum was definitely the most aesthetically pleasing in terms of layout and design of the space. It was very open and had wood panelling on the floor and the walls. There were large windows that looked out onto a garden with a small pond. There were too large art pieces laid out on the floor. This allowed people to walk around and view the pieces from all angles. All the other pieces were spaces out nicely and organized well so that they all thematically went together. It made me feel less overwhelmed here because it felt as though the space had order to it.

Art and Core Values

This piece is called Manhattan, by George Grosz. This piece was a depiction of this man’s new home, his sanctuary from an destroyed and dangerous city- Berlin. This art work appeals to the side of me that appreciates comfort and acceptance. We all want comfort and acceptance. We usually find it in the people around us and those we live. For Grosz, like many others at the time, they found it in their new homes and their new neighbors. The artworks makes you feel grateful, as well as hopeful in new beginnings and humanity. It helps me better believe in myself and my future and that mistakes are okay.

Art and the Good Life

Cast Of Thousands; https://images.artnet.com/aoa_lot_images/70510/sebastião-salgado-cast-of-thousands-gold-mine-of-serra-pelada-state-of-pará-brazil-photographs-silver-print.jpg

This piece is called “Cast of Thousands”. It depicts thousands of people on a gold mine in Serra Pelada, Brazil. This piece for me represents that attainment of the good life through wealth. Many people in Brazil depicted in this piece were poor and probably hoped to get lucky from this gold mine. Many of us believe materialistic things and wealth lead to happiness and the good life. But this theme is represented b a frantic, chaotic piece, maybe meaning that we become animalistic in our methods of gaining wealth and “happiness”. This piece made me realize that people all throughout history have believed that wealth lead to the good life, but because of the extreme measures taken to get there, they tend to fail is finding that happiness.

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