Tour of the Harn Museum Maia whelan

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist: I found this clothed statue to be a very striking piece. I believe that in order to understand the full beauty of this piece, it must be viewed in person. This is partly because it is a three-dimensional object and therefore cannot be fully viewed unless seen in person. In addition, the texture, design, and coloring of the cloth is very detailed and intricate. All of these details simply cannot be captured in a photo. I really enjoyed this artwork because it revealed some of the cultural aspects of African society. I could also appreciate the amount of thought, time, and effort that was required to create this statue. Overall, this piece gave me positive feelings, perhaps due to the bright coloring and childlike features of the statue; the artists' choice to make a three-dimensional piece gives the art more depth, as if the statue has lifelike qualities.

African Statue

Design of the Museum: The garden exhibit appealed to me greatly, even though I could only view it and not walk through. This aspect, however, added to its appeal. Generally, gardens are serene environments associated with calmness and peace. Because we could only view the garden in the Harn Museum through a window, the purity and tranquility of the scene was enhanced, as it appeared untouched. I was also attracted to the natural lighting of the exhibit that contrasted with the artificial lights that were present throughout the rest of the museum.

Irving J. Goffman Garden

Art and Core Values: The poster in the "Guerrilla Girls" section of the museum resonated with some of my core values. I have grown up in an environment that has taught me to fight for gender equality and women's rights, so the statistic shared in the poster stirred up a mixture of passion, anger, and determination within me. However, the message conveyed in the piece gave me a sense of hope and relief to know that many others share the same feelings as I do towards civil rights, especially regarding women.

from the Guerrilla Girls section of the Harn

Art and the Good Life: This piece is a sculpture of a dancing Ganesh, a Hindi god associated with problem-solving and the granting of blessings. He often appears in weddings and other festivals. Not only does the sculpture portray the Good Life theme of identifying one's own values/beliefs (in the case, Hinduism), but also of the importance of celebration. Blessings are not infinite or guaranteed, so they must be appreciated, and gratitude must be shown. Seeing the embodiment of this theme in the sculpture of Ganesh reminds me to count my blessings and not take all that I have for granted.

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