Surrounded by Beauty: The Harn Art Museum Michael coletta

The Harn Art Museum was a beautiful place to visit and was home to many wonderful pieces of art. I spent about an hour walking around the wings and exploring what it had to offer. My trip here definitely helped me appreciate art more than I did in the past. It also made me more inclined to visit a museum like this in the future.

Dos Niño’s (Two Children) is an oil painting by the masterful hand of Jesus Galvan. It depicts two young children playing with some sort of toy or figurine. The colors are very warm and bright, and bring a smile to your face. This painting caught my eye because of how life like it was. The oils were blended in such a way that the skin tone of an actual human was almost exact. From a distance, this painting could have been mistaken for a photo. Seeing it up close showed me how much time, effort, and detail is put into a piece of art before it is displayed for the whole world to see. The children look very bored in the painting however, almost as if they want something more. They are dressed up in nice clothes, which may suggest that they have been forced to be somewhere by their parents. This striking piece brought a smile to my face due to warm colors but also made me think why the children didn’t feel the way.
The entire museum was breathtaking, the designs and architecture was amazing. The designs were set up in such a way that they complemented the artwork. The wing that was covered in wood was my favorite part of the museum. I have always grown up in houses with wooden floors, so I have always felt more comfortable and safe around them. Rooms with wooden floors always seems to be more bright and warmer than others. Wood from floor to ceiling looks very modern, new and sleek. It shows a certain level of sophistication that not most places have. This design was perfect for its artwork as well, because all of the pieces in that room were made of some type of stone. So in a way, they clashed but complemented each other. Also, this part of the museum opened up to an outside display of lush nature. So it was almost as if the nature from outside was overflowing to the inside.
The piece that spoke most to my core values was the Seated Buddha sculpture. I was raised a catholic and have practiced it my entire life. In high school, I was very involved with my church. I went to nearly every service, after mass teen groups, and even volunteered to teach classes about faith during the week. Being the religious student that I am, it was refreshing to see a beautiful piece of art devoted to faith and religion. Granted, it wasn’t a catholic piece, however, it reminded me of the two years that I spent living overseas in Iwakuni, Japan with my family. The ties I have to my family have influenced me to become the man that I am today, so it would only make sense that they are a part of my core values. Overall, this piece connected with me on a deeper level than most and made me feel more emotional.
The piece I thought represented the Good Life well at the Harn was this black and white photo of Wall Street. The city of New York is always moving, the city that never sleeps. Some of the most powerful and influential people in the country reside in this city. In many ways, it embodies the good life. To me, the Good Life would be providing for my family and making them happy. My current girl friend is obsessed with the idea of living in New York someday. So if I could give her that dream, I would feel as if I had achieved the Good Life. Also, the picture depicts a cigar store. Cigars are often affiliated with happiness, celebration and good times. So, naturally, I saw the Good Life all throughout this image.

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