My Visit to Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art Steven calcutt

These last two pictures represent the open wing of the art museum. I love how spread out the art was and the over view of the fountain and outside exhibit. The lighting was a perfect balance to it. The lights inside were not bright and it was perfect due to the incoming sunlight. This exhibit reminded me a lot of the house I grew up in. It made me very nostalgic for my childhood and brought back a ton of memories. I found myself gazing out the back window and feeling like I was home in South Carolina. At one point I was waiting on my mother to call my name for dinner but that moment never came. It was very sad to me due to the fact I miss my mom a ton. I do not get to see her much anymore so I savor the moments with her. My family definitely brings out the good life in me.
This painting is called Rider of the Apocalypse by Rufino Tamayo. This photo makes me think about human condition. As divided as we are as a society I feel like we are riding ourselves into the apocalypse. With the threat of nuclear war seeming imminent it is impossible not to think this. However, it also makes you step back and think about what is important. Makes you care about the people you love even more and gives you a new perspective on life. Because, any day could be our last.
This piece really reflects one of my core values and that is, Feminism. As a male this can be fairly difficult as I am often judged but that does not deter me. I love feminism and I believe that women deserve the same rights as men, the same pay and the same access to healthcare. This artwork instills excitement in me. It is nice to know that there are others like me and i'm not alone.
One definitely must view this piece in person. If they don't they may think it's a swastika out of 1944 Nazi Germany. Instead, this is a Buddhist plaque from 1738 in the Joseon Dynasty in current day Korea. . It shows that something can represent something evil such as Nazism and a peaceful religion like Buddhism. At first this artwork made me feel very uncomfortable because from afar I thought it was a Nazi emblem. But, after looking at it, it taught me to not judge a book by its cover. Things may be completely different than you think.

Credits:

Rider of the Apocalypse by Rufino Tamayo. The Harn Museum of the Arts. Benvenuti Alla Biennale Femminista, project for the Venica Biennale. The Harn Museum for the Arts. Buddhist Plaque Joseon Dynast (1392-1910) plaque done in 1738. Harn Museum for the Arts. All photos taken by Steven CalcuttĀ 

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