Good Life Tour of Harn By Shrey Patel

Photo taken by Matthew Jagnarine. Painting: Manhattan by George Grosz

The artwork that I found to appreciate more by just seeing it in person was George Grosz's Manhattan painting. I found the technique of the painting to be quite striking. The contrast between light and dark colors in this painting is very communicative and thought provoking, and this technique, in my opinion, is where Grosz's message to the viewer lies. Seeing that Grosz was German and lived during a period time where many Europeans were migrating to the United States, the message behind the painting was quite clear, especially after noting the technique of contrasting light and dark in the painting. The message that I received from this painting is that taking risks will bring its challenges and hardships, but there is hope. For many immigrants immigrating to New York City during this time period, they faced hardships as they came with nothing to this country and struggled to provide for themselves and their family members. By looking at the technique of this painting, it reminded me of my family when they immigrated to New York City. When they immigrated, they had rough times trying to fit in with society and trying to find work, as they came with very little fortune. But they never lost hope in trying to find a better life, and eventually my family lived very happy lives here in the US. Some of my family members in fact still live in New York City to this day. Ultimately, the technique of this artwork made me feel that even though we have our struggles and challenges, we should never lose hope in overcoming these difficulties.

Photo taken by Pranjal Tyagi

An exhibit or wing of the museum that was appealing to me was the Asian Water Garden. While they were no paintings, the garden definitely was well designed by the museum. I found the design appealing because it physically uses nature to create an area where nature’s beauty can truly be witness. Really what I thought of this exhibit is that instead of looking at manmade artwork reflecting nature, the museum actually brings the nature to you. I thought it was excellent idea for the museum using this space to put this garden with nice waterfall. As I have learned from reading Siddhartha and Walden, it is important that we as humans take time to connect and appreciate with nature. While our lives today have become immersed in material goods, it is easy to forget that we should take a moment in our day to appreciate nature. When I entered this garden, I thought about this, and this really made me feel that this exhibit was teaching an important lesson. Although we may find that material goods give us pleasure, I have begun to notice that appreciating the nature around us also gives us pleasure, except this kind of pleasure will not lead frustration as Kupperman points out. This is because nature is everywhere and limitless unlike material goods. Overall, I found this exhibit to be the most appealing because it reminded me to remember about the importance of including nature in our daily lives.

Photo was taken by Matthew Jagnarine, Photograph: Boardman Robinson's Excavation

I found Boardman Robinson's Excavation to represent one of my biggest core values. Growing up, one of the biggest values that my parents helped instill in me is discipline. When I see this artwork, I don’t of the hard work when I see it. Sure the painting definitely represents hard work, but I think that discipline is required if one is to be determined hardworking. While hard-work is a worthwhile value to have, I think being disciplined goes a long way in life. Seeing these workers, it is easy to do the work an easier way by taking shortcuts, or to not give a hundred percent effort. But what I see is that these workers, despite how worn down their bodies are, are still giving effort to make sure they accomplish their tasks the right way. In a way, they are disciplined to work through the process and own their work. For me, I believe that everything I do I should own up to my work. The emotion that comes to mind is pride. When I own up to my work and stay disciplined to accomplish my goals, I believe that I take pride in doing what do. In my professional career, I hope to do this like what I see these workers doing in this painting. Ultimately, I found this artwork to reflect my core value of discipline and the emotion of pride.

Photo taken by me. Photograph of Dancing Ganesh

One artwork I found that conveys a Good Life theme to me the Dancing Ganesh statue. Ganesh is the god that represents fortune and success in the Hindu religion. As a practicing Hindu, Ganesh carries a significant amount of importance in my family. Ganesh helps one achieve success in life and ultimately leads people to their place where they find happiness as well as fortune. Another Good Life theme depicted in the art is that Ganesh, in the Hindu religion, is there to help. Ganesh not only helps lead one to success and fortune but also helps remove obstacles that block people from reaching their success and fortune. These themes are communicated through the symbolism that Ganesh represents. In my household, we have several Ganesh statues because of these Good Life themes that are represented. This statue helped remind me of what Ganesh represents in my religion and by applying the Good Life themes to the statue, I was able to gain a better understanding of what Ganesh represents to the Good Life theme. Also, by previously knowing Ganesh’s symbolism, I appreciated how I was able to apply the Good Life themes to Ganesh’s symbolism.

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