HARN art and the good life

Picture above by Gustavo Montoya: Nina en lila con flores

Medium of the Art

OGAWA Machiko: Vessel

Art is very different in person and in pictures. Especially art that isn't necessarily flat or a photograph. Art comes in all shapes and sizes. I enjoyed looking at stoneware, pottery, ceramics, and ancient artifacts in the Asian sector of the Harn. In pictures, this Vessel does not shine as much nor can you see the dimension. The texture in this piece is not justified through 2-dimensional pictures. The entire thing is shaped like a bowl but you cannot see exactly how large the Vessel is unless you stand in front of it. Because of this, I could appreciate the technique Machiko used when creating this piece.

Design of the Museum

African Mask: the Mano People

My favorite wing of the museum was the African wing. Mostly because the art that was presented was more often clothing, masks, or sculptures. I enjoyed this because it was refreshing coming from the Latin American section (also beautiful) that had paintings primarily 2-dimensional. It provided an alternative to paintings and photographs while also demonstrating another integral part of art: diversity.

Fancy Dress Masquerades in Ghana

Art and Core Values


Art evokes emotion. Connections can be made depending on the story, colors, or people that the artist uses through his or her work. Personally, I felt a connection with the female artists. The picture above expresses how women are often muses for art, yet rarely are they recognized for their own work. The Harn had an entire section dedicated to female artists. In this section, I connected with a specific artist, Yvonne Jacquette. Her style was very unique. In her art, she refrains from drawing lines and instead draws everything else creating lines in the process. It is a very inverse approach to conventional artistry which I thought was very consistent throughout her pieces. I was able to really connect with it and feel pride for what she has done for females in art.

Yvonne: Jacquette: Night Light
Yvonne Jacquette: Midtown Composite

Art & the Good Life

Art can embody historical times. Rafael Tufino made an art piece called the Coffee Portfolio. He told a story about his heritage through many different pictures of Puerto Ricans picking beans. I identified with this piece because I am Colombian; as a Colombian, picking coffee beans hits close to home in our history. In addition, it made me realize how hard those workers labored for hours in the sun. Yes, it is a part of my history, yet it is also a part of many other people's histories. More importantly, it is also a huge part of people's current everyday lives. This piece made me realize that in striving for the Good Life many people are overworked and unable to achieve the satisfaction that they deserve.

Rafael Tufino. left: Plate 7, Coffee Portfolio. right: Plate 3, Coffee Portfolio
Rafael Tufino. left: Plate 2, Coffee Portfolio. right: Plate 6, Coffee Portfolio

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