Tour of the Harn Maria Wang

Medium of the Art/ Design of the Artist: I knew exactly what piece of artwork I wanted to see. It was the piece in the background of the pre-tour video and I had become entranced with the colors. Almost immediately as my friend and I walked into the museum, "Zandvoort" by Frank Stella, stood out to me. Not only was this art an abstract painting, it also had layers that emphasized the depth of the piece. These were details that were hard to see in the video. In person, the piece felt much larger and the colors were more vibrant. The most striking thing was that no two perspectives were the same since it was three dimensional. I could see the intricate curves of some portions of the artwork that represented the race tracks in the Netherlands. The subtle lines on the front pieces reflected the distinct fields of flowers that are popular in the Netherlands. Seeing it in person allowed me to understand that the bright colors, which seemed to jump off at you, evoked an emotion of excitement and anticipation. This paralleled with the feelings one would experience when watching a race and made me appreciate the effort that went into the piece more. In the good life, it is important to portray emotions through artwork as some may find it therapeutic.

"Zandvoort" by Frank Stella
My friend Yuria and I next to Zandvoort.

Design of the Museum: One of the exhibits that was particularly appealing was the Asian exhibit. The entrance to this wing was surrounded by dark and shiny wood panels. Little bright white lights encompassed the ceiling and illuminated the exhibit. On one side of the exhibit there was a large window which overlooked the Japanese garden. The use of space in the museum was well-planned and very organized in the wing. The works of art were stored in wooden cabinets with see through glass panels that reminded me of the ones in my grandmother's home. The Japanese garden was perfectly balanced with clumps of various colorful flowers and an open space featuring a wooden bridge overlooking a peaceful pond. The natural lighting from the sun through the clouds made the garden livelier than the others. The exhibit made me feel nostalgia since I haven't been back in China to see my grandmother's house in 12 years. In the pursuit of the good life for some individuals, design and placement of certain objects are believed to affect one's life.

Me on the spacious bridge in the Japanese Garden.
The mix of biotic and abiotic elements that balance the scenery.
Me in front of the Asian wing of the museum.

Art and Core Values: One of my core values is showing love and appreciation towards your family and friends. "Funeral" by Robert Purser instills a sense of sorrow as the people gather around the casket of one of their loved ones to show respect. This painting reminds us that life is not everlasting and that we should show gratitude towards the ones that are present. This piece helps me better understand that despite the inequalities between African Americans and middle-class white Americans, we all share the feeling of love towards friends and family. The whole piece is painted with colors gray clouds in the piece emphasizes the solemn mood from the loss of a loved one. This painting cherishes the core value of love, a quality that everyone shares. In the search for the good life, understanding the emotions behind a work of art can help encourage empathy so that we understand what others were going through.

Me next to "Funeral" by Robert Purser.

Art and the Good Life: The good life theme portrayed in this art is sharing the good life. Inspired by the holiday "Day of the Dead" in Mexico, this sculpture reflects what is truly important throughout life. The artwork consists of two skeleton figures in wedding attire who embrace each other signifying their everlasting love. The work portrays how important it is to have a loved one and that significant loved individuals last beyond a lifetime. The work communicates to the audience the theme by placing large smiles on the skeletons. Although death is a melancholic topic, the smiles and the poses of these corpses suggest that they are enjoying themselves which evokes a feeling of happiness in the viewer. This sculpture adds to my appreciation of sharing the Good Life because it emphasizes that to be truly happy, one must choose love above everything else.

The Day of the Dead sculpture
Me next to the artwork featuring two married skeletons.
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