Upon entering the museum, I immediately noticed that it was much more spacious than I imagined. The space allows everyone to freely roam about without getting in the way of others so that everyone can appreciate the art in their own way. Walking around the museum and visiting the different exhibits was like taking a trip around the globe because each exhibit was individualistic and featured a different culture.
Medium of the Art
By visiting the Harn museum in person it fully allowed me to appreciate the intricacy and skill it must have taken to create this piece. It is carved out of some hard natural rock or stone and must have been incredibly hard to work with because of its toughness and weight. For me personally the artwork indicates persistence. The piece must have been incredibly difficult to construct because of its precise curves and shape. The artwork reminded me that if you commit yourself you can accomplish any task.
Design of the Museum
The exhibit that stood out the most, spatially, was the African Masquerade exhibit. The way the sculptures were distanced with space around them indicated that they require room to dance and move around which is an insight to the culture that they come from. Over the summer I took a cultural anthropology class, and this exhibit reminds me of some of the cultures that we examined.
Art and Core Values
A core value that is very important to me is a sense of community and family. All cultures have some form of community and this ariel photo shows a community in Mexico city. Although there are not a ton of fancy houses like you might notice in American communities, the photo encases what it truly means to be a community. A community is made of people, not of fancy houses and cars. It is the people that are important in any community and this photo is a reminder of that.
Art and the Good Life
Brooklyn is a very busy place with tons of commotion going on at any hour of any day. This photo freezes the motion of one of the largest, busiest cities in the United States and reminds us not to get caught in all of the commotion. One of the first themes we looked at was how to experience the good life. Whether you go live in the woods by yourself for a year completely isolated from the rest of humanity, or you retreat to a quiet space in a city such as Brooklyn, you can still think about what is important to you and how you can go about finding happiness. This theme stood out to me the most because there are countless ways that you can experience happiness. It is important to remember not to get caught in minuscule worldly issues and to focus on what makes you happy.