Harn Museum of Art Shannon Bender

Medium of Art

Manhattan by George Grosz is an oil on board painting that is of the skyline of New York City. The difference between being at the Harn and seeing the painting in person, rather than seeing it in a photograph, is that I was able to see all of the small details, strokes from the oil paint, as well as the texture that the painting itself gives off. Oil paintings have always made a scene look heavier, so like the clouds and the smoke coming off of the buildings can look denser than they would if there was watercolor, so I found this to be intriguing, especially with the atmosphere of New York behind it. Since the painting uses dark, cool colors, the painting reflected a sense of grunge and filth that comes with the daily grind of working. The artwork made me feel intrigued about city life, because there are so many different aspects of it to see.

Design of the Museum

The exhibition Giovanni Battista Piranesi Vedute di Roma disegnate ed incise da Giambattista Piranesi architetto Veiano appealed to me in the sense that every place that was on the large map painted on the wall and circled in red, was displayed with numbers of where those places in Rome were. The arrangement of art helped fuel this appeal because they were arranged in an ordered fashion around a large map, which gave the audience a sense of location of these places, rather than just showcasing the art, without any knowledge as to where these places were. The exhibit makes me reminisce the times in history where things occurred, and why the towns, like Rome were centered around a cathedral, like Saint Peter's Basilica.

Art and Core Values

Fransico Zuniga's Mujeres descansando relates to my core values as it mimics the fear of loneliness. In the painting, the woman draped in a headdress looks like she is filled with sorrow and loneliness, even though there is someone right behind her. Because the woman's head is faced away from the other woman, indicating that sorrowness can live within us, even when we are around people who care about us. This piece of art helps instill that even if we are with a person, unless we continuously try to help them out, they will not always be satisfied with what is happening. Unless our "how are you" type questions are enhanced with "how are you really feeling today?" we may never have that emotional connection with a person, because we don't genuinely care about what is happening in their world, we just want to seem considerate.

Art and the Good Life

While fighting for the Good Life, artists from Guerilla Girls make it very clear that the art world is dictated by men. These women have showcased how women, especially in art, can be minimized to only their bodies, rather than their talents. The work evokes the theme of fighting for the good life. Because, these women are defying the standards of the art world, by upholding the injustices between women and men, especially in modern art, where modern times should uphold both sexes as equals. The artwork communicates that theme through the statistics that are brought upon female representation in modern art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while females are represented plenty in their bodies. The Guerilla Girls art makes me appreciate what fighting for something that one believes in will sometimes become the voice of what is happening in the world, and how those injustices play out.

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