Good Life Tour of the Harn By: zachary krueger

El Anatsui (Ghanaian, b. 1944) Old Man's Cloth. 2003
El Anatsui (Ghanaian, b. 1944) Old Man's Cloth. 2003

Medium of the Art and Technique of the Artist

This was the first piece I saw upon entering the Harn Museum. At first, I was not sure if I was looking a tapestry or a sculpture, but as I approached I realized it was a bunch of pieces of metal connected together. The medium for this piece consisted of liquor bottle caps that El Anatsui collected in his home country of Nigeria. The pattern is not just random, each cap was placed intricately into its place to create the flow of yellows, golds, and reds that you see. The medium, being trash, gives viewers of this piece the idea that even something like trash can be turned into something beautiful. It is also thought that the liquor caps are symbolic of liquor that was traded for slaves during the transatlantic slave trade.

Asian Collection and Water Garden, Harn Museum
Asian Collection and Water Garden, Harn Museum

Design of the Museum

The design of the Asian Collection was amazing. The warm wood the reflects some of the natural light coming in from the garden added an element of zen to my experience as I examined the pieces in the room. I thought it was cool to look at different types of art in natural light rather than bright fluorescent lights because the colors and brushstrokes looked more alive. The atmosphere in the room with the large floor to ceiling windows made it seem like I was somewhere in Asia. I found it really enjoyable that there was a good balance of sculptures and paintings.

George Grosz, Manhattan, 1946

Art and Core Values

I really enjoyed this piece because Manhattan is one of my favorite places to visit and my Mother just started a new job there as well. Manhattan started off as a melting pot of immigrants looking for jobs to provide their families with better lives. They were willing to take any job they could find even if the wages were very low. To some extent today, New York City still represents a place for young people to go who want to work hard to make a name for themselves. This oil on board piece emphasizes how urban Manhattan is, as there are not any people visible. The cold hues used in the painting also remind me of how the city can be cold both physically and metaphorically.

Sebastiao Salgado, Cast of thousands, Serra Pelada, Brazil

Art and the Good Life

This photograph shows around 50,000 miners in Serra Pelada, Brazil in search of gold. I was surprised that this picture was as recent as it is because it does not look like anything I have seen. People decided to start mining in hopes of earning better lives for their loved ones. This reminded me of the gold rush in California, when people gave up everything to go mine in hopes of finding some gold. These people were willing to trek down into the dangerous conditions of this big quarry in search of a good life for their family. This photograph also got me thinking about environmental impacts that human made things like this may have in the long-run. Overall, I believe this picture captured what it really means to be in search of a good life and that sacrifices have to be made along the way.

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