The purpose of our exhibition is to make sure visitors who come to the museum would experience the four elements of nature(air, water, earth, wood) through our collection. Our exhibit would be to bring a sensory understanding of nature to the visitors. We would have an interactive environments where there will be a pond to represent water, a tree to represent wood, a grass and sandy area to represent Earth and a room with all the windows open to represent air. We want them to become more aware of the environment around them, to appreciate the natural world they live in. We want the visitors to get insight and knowledge out of the artworks at our exhibition. We also want them to walk away with a clear understanding of nature, things like extinction, global warming, and the landscapes around the world.
Our Exhibition Model:
Here are some of our artworks:
Bay at Sunrise by Dong Kingman (1940)
This artwork portray what a sunrise look like in the break of dawn of the Bay Area. Dong Kingman wants to depicts ”the sun's ray breaking through the thick morning fog and awakening life dependent upon the bay. This artwork was used as the first five prints of the San Francisco Chronicles. The medium used in this artwork is lithograph.
I think Dong Kingman probably drew this drawing because he wanted to show the beauty and symbolism of a sunrise. A sunrise can represent new beginnings and life, which is something Dong probably wanted after he came back from China to return to the United States., his birthplace.
Sutro Park by Dong Kingman (1939)
This artwork is a painting of Sutro Park, Dong Kingman made this painting as an remembrance of the Sutro Park that was destroyed by the Works Progress Administration, which he work there as an artist. The medium of this artwork is pencil and watercolor.
He drew this drawing as an remembrance portray of the Sutro Park that was destroyed by the Works Progress Administration, which he work there as an artist. I think he wanted to portray the beauty of Sutro Park as a memory that he won’t ever forget.
About the Artist:
Dong Kingman was born in Oakland, California on March 31, 1911. He is the son of Hong Kong immigrants parents. He went to school in Hong Kong and excelled at calligraphy and watercolor painting. His teacher would give him the name "King man" because he was striving to become an artist. His name was “King Man”, which means scenery and composition in Cantonese. He studied with Szeto Wai, who he considers as his “first and only true influence.” His first exhibition was at the San Francisco Art Association during 1936. Dong Kingman was the “ first American artist to be featured in a solo exhibition following the resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China when the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China.”
A Rushy Shore” by Peter Henry Emerson
This picture is taken in a swap area in London, England in 1886. It was one of the many photos of his book called “Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads.” Peter wanted to show how the grass is aligned with their reflections in the water, which give off a vertigo feeling to the photo.
About the Artist:
Peter Henry Emerson was born on March 13, 1856, in Encrucijada, Cuba, which was near his father’s sugar plantation that he spends most of his earlier life. He moved to England in 1869, after his father’s death. He went to Cranleigh School and was seen as a scholar and athlete there. In 1885, he got his medical degree from Clare College in Cambridge. He got his first camera in 1882, he would use as a tool to help him with his bird-watching trips with his friends. He was part of the London Camera Club and was elected to be the Council of the Photographic Society. He soon became a photographer and writer and abandoned his career as a surgeon.