Tour of the Harn Charles Thomas

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

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One piece of art at the Harn that was a must see in person was the Okakagbe Masquerade Costume by Lawrence Ajanaku. By seeing Ajanaku’s piece in person, it allowed me to get a better understanding of the work as a whole. The reason why I believe seeing the costume in person was beneficial because it was on a mannequin, which allowed other visitors and myself to get a 360-degree view of the piece. By getting this view, rather than seeing it in a book or on a website, I was able to see all the striking details of Ajanaku’s Costume, including: the different cottons used, texted that appeared on pieces of cotton, and the intricate designs and shapes of the piece. For example, for the costume’s belt, Ajanaku used what appears to be different types of t-shirt-like cloth, which was tied in various ways. The artwork itself allowed me to get a better understanding of African customs and how much detail they put into their celebratory costumes.

Design of the Museum

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The exhibit that was most appealing to me was the “Highlights from the Asian Collection”. This part of the Harn was outstanding, as the architecture that was used made you feel as if you were just teleported to Asia. This feeling was a result of the design as it included big wooden beams and large windows for light, which is seen frequently in Asian architecture. However, the most captivating part of this exhibit was the Asian style garden outside. The garden included a pond, a waterfall, an ancient Asian style bridge, and beautiful vegetation that tied the whole Asian experience together. Also, the incorporation of this garden allows for greater respect of not only the art, but for the beautiful and artistry that is present in nature.

Art and Core Values

As I was exploring the Museum, one piece that affected me was Claude Monet’s Champ d’avoine (Oat Field). This piece was incredibly beautiful to me as the bright pinks, the different shades of blue, and the detail of the vegetation almost made the piece more beautiful than nature itself. This piece specifically appealed to my core value of “location”. One of the main reasons why I decided to go to school in Florida was because of the area’s nature. I find that when I am in a place that is naturally beautiful, I am a happier person and more at peace with my inner-self. Therefore, when I saw Monet’s piece, I instantly felt more peaceful and was more appreciative of the art that was surrounding me, which clarifies that location is a true core value for myself.

Art and the Good Life

Finally, one work that I felt demonstrated the Good Life theme of “fighting” was The Woodcutter by Robert Gwathmey. At first, I was drawn to this work because the style is simple and almost abstract looking as it uses different geometrical shapes and lines. However, I then gained more of appreciation of this work when I read the description. The painting’s description entailed that Robert Gwathmey grew up in Virginia where segregation was enforced, and that in the 1930s he began to paint African American sharecroppers in the south. The intent behind Gwathmey’s paintings was to show that African Americans were dignified in their work. The Woodcutter depicts the theme of “fighting” as it shows the sharecroppers silently fighting through oppression at the time. Also, the theme is presented in how Gwathmey decided to paint the workers, as he was trying to show others that they should be respected for what they do. This piece helps me understand the theme of “fighting” because even though we may not have to fight for our own Good Life, we should help others fight for theirs.

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