My Visit to the Harn Museum By Akshay Sadeeshkumar

Medium of the Art: Old Man's Cloth by El Anatsui

In this piece of art by El Anatsui, the technique and medium of his art was very interesting. Instead of using regular textiles or cloth as his way of creating this amalgam, Anatsui takes flattened liquor bottle labels and connects/weaves them in an intricately beautiful way that synergizes each labels with each other. Seeing this piece of art in person helped me understand the message or significance that Anatsui was trying to point at here: older European-African relations. What I found to be the most striking about this piece of art was the sheer effort and motivation it must have required in order to create such a large and cumbersome piece of art. The artwork itself made me feel in awe and excited to search more of the museum for more artworks like this one.

Design of the Museum: Exhibition of Various Stones from Asian Collections

The exhibition style used here in the Harn museum intrigued me, simply because these stones, in their different styles and shapes, required different sort of pedestals and a cover. The glass cover, as expected as it was, impressed me. It was a nice, clear exhibitive, stainless glass box that didn't crowd the stones. The placement of this exhibit was interesting but also helpful to my tour in the museum; it was in the southeast corner of the Asian Art Collection wing, so it was noticeable (due to the lighting above it) and easily accessible. Additionally, the stones inside the exhibit were on different foundations to highlight specific features of the stones. Finally, the descriptions pasted underneath each stone were informative and well placed.

Art and Core Values: Funeral by Stuart Robert Purser

When I first saw this picture, the first thing that came in my mind was acceptance. The African Americans of Louisiana in this painting are mourning the death of a close one, most likely because of unlawful killing of this man. However, the folks here are incredibly brave, mature, and accepting of the situation presented in front of them. This painting specifically appealed to my calm, collected, and accepting nature of the situation. Sometimes, life doesn't work out the way it should or the way it would seem, so this painting appealed to that side of me.

Art and the Good Life: Casts of thousands, Gold Mine in Serra Pelada, Brazil by Sebastiao Salgado

This painting immediately spoke to me in a way that emphasized pain and suffering. The painting depicts the dreary situation in Brazil during the 1940s, where millions of Brazilians worked for hours on hours to barely make enough money to survive. This, of course, relates to the Good Life theme of "fighting for the Good Life". The people in this art piece are FIGHTING for their survivability, and for them, survival is the Good Life. The art forces me to appreciate the position I've been put in in my life. This art piece also made me appreciate the modernism of art this museum embodies.

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