Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist: This pieced is the Male Royal Ancestor Mask (Bwoom) 1939 by the Kuba people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Seeing this piece in person was special to me because it was interesting to see the different textures and the time put into crafting the mask. The materials used were wood, copper, raffia, beads, and cowries. This mask is supposed to represent all common people and his identity is fused with his subjects. I think that the medium in this mask matches the meaning because there are so many different aspects to the mask, as there are with people. The beads and the copper represent the wealth of the mask and of the man wearing it so it was good to see it in person in order to recognize the intricate parts of it. I found the detailing of the cowries on the mask amazing because you could tell that a lot of time was put into making it. It meant to me that when a person puts a certain amount of time into something, the result can be beautiful even if the work seems tedious.
Design of the Museum: I was surprised at how nice the art museum was. I did not expect such a vast and well kept museum. I liked how the exhibits were broken into sections and how the sections correlated with the regions. One of the ones I particularly enjoyed was the Asian section. I like how they related all of the different cultures in one wing. It was interesting to see how they vary and how they are similar. The Korean section was particularly interesting with the statues of Buddha and their gods. I did notice the lighting was a little darker in the Korean section which set a nice mood. The use of space was interesting because they had big pieces in the middle and then little pieces around it. The exhibit made me feel as if I was part of their culture.