Introduction: I have never been to the Harn Museum of Art until I went on Sunday, Feburary 29th 2017. When I walked in, I chose to do the self-guided tour rather than the cell phone tour. The museum in a whole was a very beautiful place with a lot of features that immersed the viewer into that culture presented.
Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist: When I first walked into the Harn Museum, I saw a lot of paintings and a couple of sculptures along the walls, but this particular piece of art caught my eye. This garment is called asherab nabuak and it is from the Amazigh People in Siwa, Egypt. In Siwa, women have a seven day wedding ceremony where they are notorious for wearing colorful and intricate garments. The garment pictured below is one that a bride would wear on her third day of the wedding ceremony, when she welcomes her family into her new home . Seeing the asherab nabuak in person let me see the detailed embroidery that the garment is known for. I could see all of the buttons, stitches, and patterns on the tunic. The black panels on each side with the red and green stitched patterns resembled the honor and grace for the women of Siwa, Egypt. I personally love weddings and I have only seen or been to weddings in the United States. Seeing the asherab nabuak and reading about the culture of weddings in Siwa was really inspiring to me.
Design of the Museum: To my surprise, the Harn Museum had modern touches that were fascinating. I have never been in a museum with modern architecture that complements the artwork displayed. The museum consists of intimate gardens which were both walk-able and non walk-able. The garden pictured is called the "Asian Water Garden" and it is the backdrop for the Cofrin Asian Art Wing. This part of the gallery was full of ancient Asian artwork which was accompanied by a giant spacious room and wooden floors. Each artifact was stored in a glass case so viewing them was easy and enjoyable. Towards the back of the Asian Art Wing, there was a glass door that led to a garden that resembled that of a traditional Asian garden. The garden was an enjoyable experience that featured an easy-to-access footbridge and gorgeous waterfall backdrop. The Asian Water Garden made me feel like I was traveling through Asia without leaving Gainesville, FL.