The Harn Museum Spark Story By Maris Kenny

Introduction: The Harn Museum is a real treat to visit. With its beautiful architecture, relevant and meaningful exhibits, and beautiful outdoor gardens, it is a breath of fresh air for me.

Outdoor gardens

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist: If I had seen "Yunque I" by Myrna Báez online I would not have seen the intricacies of the pencil strokes. This landscape drawing is meticulously detailed and small. It is one thing to see a picture of a drawing and to read about how intricate and detailed it is, but it is an entirely different experience when you see face-to-face how painstakingly drawn it is and how much more beautiful the evident effort makes it. The fact that all that work is done with a pencil, something that just about everyone uses everyday and takes for granted, is even more impressive. The lush image portrayed on the paper feels natural and creative at the same time. It is as if I was sitting next to the artist as she sketched it.

"Yunque I" by Myrna Báez

Design of the Museum: Pictured below is the wall above the outdoor garden area. The garden itself is beautiful, lush, and the water feature is very soothing, but this wall of windows is a bold sight. It seems so modern in comparison to the winding stream of water flowing right below it. The marriage of the modern and natural tie together the theme of the entire museum.

Wall of windows beside outdoor garden.

Art and Core Values: The piece of art that most spoke to me was "Casita al mar" (Little House by the Sea) By Emilio Sanchez. The brightly colored open house makes me think of not only my own home, but also the openness that I feel with my family. Moving away to college has made me realize how much I miss my real home. The bright colors and the fact that it's by the sea make me think of the simplicity, airiness, and clean lines of my house.

"Casita al mar" (Little House by the Sea) By Emilio Sanchez

Art and the Good Life: "Cuarteto Habanero" (Quartet from Havana) by Cundo Bermúdez depicts four women playing instruments wearing brightly colored clothing. This painting reminded me of our segment of celebrating the good life. From the title, Quartet from Havana, celebration and music are key aspects of the Cuban culture. Even the funky pattern that overlays the characters is festive and lighthearted which follows along with the theme of celebrating.

"Cuarteto Habanero" (Quartet from Havana) by Cundo Bermúdez


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