Tour of the Harn Common Activity

Jacquette, Yvonne. Motion Picture (Times Square). 1989-1990.

In this piece, Jacquette depicts a bustling street, presumably in Times Square. After viewing the piece in real life I could really appreciate her use of color and line. Her use of many small, repeating lines in the street create a sense of movement, the road almost becomes a river that is propelling the cars. Her use of color is also very interesting as it almost perfectly recreates the reflections of the interior lighting and the headlights of the cars. It also makes the neon lights around the setting seem like they are actually giving off light. I also like the perspective that the artist chose to take on in the piece. It made me feel like I was an outsider, like I was some sort of entity only able to observe the city scene. Overall the piece made me think of what it must be like to live in the city. Seeing the people moving through the scene made me feel small and lonely, which was in a way ironic because at the same time there is flurry of activity all around.

The Cofrin Asian Art Wing, Harn Museum of Art

This wing of the museum was designated solely for Asian art. I really enjoyed this section of the museum for a variety of reasons. The wooden floors and archways made the space seem very traditional, which is what Asian art usually is. The wooden archways also reminded me of Torii gates found at the entrances to Shinto shrines, and I thought they might themselves have been a homage to the Asian culture. The pieces in the exhibit are surrounded by a lot of negative, empty space. I found that this strategy really drew my eyes to the art and made the pieces the main focus of the room. The far wall of the room is entirely made of windows and looks out onto the Asian Water Garden, which contains several species native to Asia. I had never seen this in a museum before and I think it was a really amazing tribute to the artists behind the pieces in the exhibit. The lighting in the wing was also key in creating atmosphere, it was as if there was as little lighting as possible, only above the pieces. This meant that most of the light in the room came from the windows that looked onto the garden. I feel like this choice made the lighting in the room less harsh, and added to the overall tranquil atmosphere I felt within the room. It almost felt like I was entering one of the Shinto temples, as it was a place of peace and tranquility.

Vajravarahi. 13th Century.

This figure of Vajravarahi appeared to my core value of challenge. I found the amount of detail put into this statue amazing. The artist created intricate patterns in clothing and folds in the garments that made them appear soft, even thought they were actually hard bronze. Having done some sculpture in clay on the past, I found this piece amazing. It was hard enough to create what I wanted in the clay, I can not imagine how challenging it must have been for the artist to create this in hot bronze. It creates within me a great sense of appreciation and, when I imagine what effort went into making it, even a bit of fear. I think I would be slightly scared of undertaking such a challenge for fear of failure. However, I think it also affirms in me the sense that the most beautiful, valuable things are only worth it because of the effort that went into making them and the challenge in the process of its creation. As they say: "easy come, easy go". I think this is why I do not really see a lot of value in the modern art made by most artists these days, as a good majority of it does not require much effort.

Tufiño, Rafael. Plates 7, 3, 2, and 6. 1954.

I think this artwork by Rafael Tufiño conveys the idea of sustaining the good life. In three of the prints Tufiño depicts people working hard, trying to make a living. In the top two prints we see people working in fields, either tilling the soil or harvesting the crop. In the bottom left print a women is grinding what appears to be grain by hand. In two of the prints we see what also looks like children in the background of the scene, so it is assumed that the workers are also trying to provide for their families as well. I think this shows that sustaining the good life can be difficult, requiring a lot of hard work. It also made me feel thankful, as I have never had to perform extremely hard physical labor like the people in the prints in order to have enough food on the table at the end of the day. I think that in some way the amount of effort these people put into sustaining the good life that the have adds to their value of it as well. Despite the hardships these people go through, it seems that Tufiño is suggesting that in the end it is all worth it. As we see in the last print, it ends with celebrating the good life. The people are now surrounded by and having fun with those they cherish.

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