Good Life Tour of the Harn Jordan Evers

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Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

I chose the painting "Forest with Heron" by Herman Herzog as an example of art that really did appear different in person. In this picture, the art just looks like a simple painting, but in person, I could really see the specific strokes the artist used on the canvas. This specific artist used oil paint on canvas, which gives it a new texture, as opposed to regular paint on a sheet of paper. This made me think about all the different techniques artists use while creating art, which lead me to think about how even outside of art, everyone is unique and different. The location is the Waccassa River, which is a place I like to go to fish. It was neat seeing the artist's interpretation of Waccassa, since I too enjoy being there.

"Forest with Heron" by Herman Herzog. C. 1899 Oil on canvas.

Design of the Museum

I chose the Paula and Marshall Criser Garden as an example of clever exhibit design. Guests can see the garden and the sculpture through large glass windows while never leaving indoors. The garden is also surrounded by a white wall with natural lighting so all the focus is on the garden. I really appreciated the creativity of design for this piece. This is not a typical outdoor garden.

Paula and Marshall Criser Garden designed by Aaron Lee Wiener, installed by Jeffrey Daglaris, Landscape and Garden Coordinator at the Harn Museum. Statue: Juchiteca de pie by Francisco Zuniga, 1965.

Art and Core Values

I chose the artwork Tiergarten, Berlin, July 1 by Rineke Dijkstra as an example of art that portrays core values. Instead of evoking feelings regarding my personal values, this piece of art reminded me of my experiences years ago. This photograph describes an adolescent girl who is in a stage in her life when true values start to show. This piece of art made me think back to when I was that age and how I began to form my values around different factors that were of importance to me.

Tiergarten, Berlin, July 1 by Rineke Dijkstra, 2000. C-print.

Art and the Good Life

I chose the artwork Uma-Mahesvara (10th Century, Sandstone) as an example of widespread creativity, power, and love. The work is Shiva and Uma hugging, which shows how love and support can be empowering. Looking at this piece, I felt a sense of cohesiveness. This work made me feel like I should be more aware of who I surround myself with and the compassion I show those people.

Uma-Mahesvara, 10th century sandstone. India.

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