Harn Museum of Art by: Daniella Canas

Medium of the Art

Dancing Ganesh


Ganesh, the Hindu god, is one of the most beloved representations of divinity in Hinduism.This pot-bellied and elephant-headed god is known to spread joy and blessings as well as solve problems for the people of India. The sculptor of this image of Ganesh overcomes the typical rigidness of stone and successfully captures the friendliness and accessibility of the god. Ganesh's lightheartedness shines through the sculpture with his dancing and the smooth surface of the stone. By viewing it in person, I was able to better see these aspects of the sculpture and understand that this god, unlike most, is loving and amiable. The sculpture made me feel hopeful, as if Ganesh was impacting me the same way he impacts the people of India.

Design of the Museum

The Asian Exhibit

Separated from the rest of the museum by a set of doors, the Asian exhibit places you in the same world as the art it holds. The layout of the open room allows the viewer to fully appreciate all of the Asian art as each artifact is kept in beautifully polished glass displays. The wood floors and walls hold the ancient art, and resembles the architecture of a modern Asian house or building. The Asian garden just outside adds a whole other dimension to the exhibit. Between all of the art, the landscaping, and the architecture, the Asian exhibit is unique from the rest. It brings the viewer into the different cultures that have spread throughout Asia, and helps them appreciate these cultures more. This exhibit made me feel like I was traveling around Asia as opposed to a museum.

Art and Core Values

Road Worker

Diego Rivera

This is a charcoal drawing of a road worker in Mexico. I come from a long line of hard working Hispanics. Individuals who fought their way to freedom in the United States. Due to this fact, my parents have instilled in me the importance of hard work. They taught me to never quit even in the face of adversity. Looking at this drawing of a Mexican man working hard at the only job he can get takes me back to my family's humble beginnings. It reminds me that hard work is the key for a successful life, and for the betterment of the lives of those you love. This drawing makes me feel optimistic. With the life lessons passed down to me by my family, I know that I have the capability to push through anything life throws at me.

Art and the Good Life


George Grosz

In his depiction of post-World War ll Manhattan, Grosz presents a majestic view of one of America's most progressive cities. With the towering skyline, America is portrayed as a powerful entity; a leader in foreign affairs. However, in this oil painting, George Grosz represents all of the war refugees that made up the city of Manhattan at the time, emphasizing the tolerance and diversity of the city. Tolerance is necessary for the good life as you must become one with everyone and everything around you. To live in a world without tolerance and diversity would mean that this amazing city that saved so many from communist Europe at the time would never have been able to flourish. We must practice tolerance in order to live the god life.

Resources For photos:

cover photo:

"Harn Museum of Art ". VisitGainesville.com.Gainesville Florida Visitors & Convention Bureau. http://www.visitgainesville.com/attractions/harn-museum-of-art/. Accessed 30 January 2017.

all other photos taken by me.

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