Good Life Tour of the Harn Museum of Art by mengxuan li

Technique of the Artist: Cloth (Bazin) 20th Century Cotton, synthetic dye

Viewing a work online by picture and viewing a work at museum are totally different. Today, I have a great opportunity to visit the Harn Museum of Art. The first thing I see when I enter the art gallery is an amazing work. This cloth, comes from Mali, is made by women. From far away, this piece of work looks just an old cloth. However, if you stand in front of this work, you can find some secret details. The female artist used special technique to knit this cloth in an agricultural society. kind of textile is notable for the different dying processes it can undergo, often employing dye resistant thread to create beautiful designs.

Traveling a museum, we are not only viewing the works, but also observe the design of the museum. In the Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery, we can see a long blue photograph wall. It is easy to catch people's eye. At this exhibition, I see both ancient and modern Mexican pottery and sculpture collected by Frida Kahlo. On this wall, all the photographs are ordered by system arrangement. Therefore, when I look at those works, it is easy to find the relationship between them.

  • Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was among the most photographed women of her generation. As one admirer noted, "Frida regularly invented and recreated herself with intelligence and verve."
Art and Core Values

Jade fruits suggest long life and prosperity not only involving wealth but also continued family lineages through future generations. When I went to class, I choose "work/life balance" as my core value. In my opinion, work is an important port of my life, it is a main way whereby I can realize the social value. And it also can let me earn money and maintain my daily life. However, I need to balance working and life. The cornerstone of work/life balance and how to change my priorities. These beautiful Jade fruits give me answer. All these works are from China. Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 18th-19th Century.

Art and the Good Life
  • A thanksgiving prayer to the Mixe god Kioga in gratitude for the good harvest, Oaxaca, Mexico. 1980 Gelatin silver print
  • Sebastiao Salgado Brazilian, born 1944
  • Thanks to the art, it brings lots of surprises to us and make our life more colorful. Art is a strong form of expression. It makes people's feeling become visible and tangible. In fact, there are lots of things we need to thanks! I sincerely thank the universe, thank each and every one of life. Thank culture, art, and the river of the science and civilization. Art is a part of our life and our life is the best way to show art!
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