Good Life tour of the Harn Museum by Reo Kunori

Photos with Bishop's "Three Men at Union Square"

Medium of the art/Technique of the artist

In the piece "Three Men at Union Square" by Isabel Bishop, you can clearly see three men standing around, chatting with each other at a park as a woman walks by. When looking at this painting online, you don't really see or feel very much about this painting. However, when you see this painting in person, everything completely changes. When seeing this painting in real life, I felt mesmerized as I was able to feel more connected and understanding with the artist. For example, the use of dark, gloomy oil colors in Bishop's painting allowed me to better understand the depressing tone she has towards society and its view of women. By making the size of the men larger than that of the women walking by, I was able to appreciate her work because I could now see her message: that it is a struggle to be a successful women in a male-dominated society.

Photos inside the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, outside at the garden

Design of the Museum

During my visit to Harn museum, I found the design of the David A. Cofrin Asian art exhibit to be quite appealing to me because of its unusual approach. Unlike other exhibits in the museum, the Asian art exhibit offered a more welcoming and unique appeal to me by displaying a different class of artwork and by introducing natural lighting and nature into the exhibit. Rather than hanging up traditional 2-D paintings to a white room, the Asian art exhibit takes a more different approach by displaying 3-D artworks, such as pottery and handcrafted glassware, that are more reflective of the Asian cultures. Additionally, I like how this exhibit introduces natural sunlight into its exhibit, along with a outdoor garden, as a way to understand different mediums of artwork. Instead of painting on canvases to understand art, we can appreciate it through the exposure of nature and its properties. Unlike the other traditional exhibits, the Asian art exhibit made me feel more engaged and understanding with the artists and their vague messages.

Photos with Grosz's "Manhattan"

Art and Core Values

This painting by George Grosz constantly reminds me of my fear of the future and what it holds. For me, I fear of going out on my own after college and not knowing what to do with my life. As seen in this artwork, the world is a big, unusual place and there is much to explore. Like the New York skylines in Grosz painting, there are limitless possibilities in this modern world but it can only be achieved if you work for it. In a way, I feel as though I can relate with Grosz because we both left home to seek a better future. Even though we may feel scared, we still remain optimistic of the future.

Photos with Soyer's "In Washington Square"

Art and the Good Life

In Raphael Soyer's oil painting In Washington Park, a struggle for the good life can be seen through his work. The artist's use of depressing, dark colors and of the poor and the injured seem to evoke this idea that searching for the good life isn't easy for many people. As mentioned in the "embodying" section, we discussed how recognition and acceptance of our limitations help guide us into finding meaning into our lives. Like the characters in Soyer's painting, they stand shyly, facing a personal dilemma: either they continue to live their life in unhappiness and despair or they accept themselves and try to make the most out of their lives with the things they have.

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