Good Life Tour of the Harn Maddy Schmidt

Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist

Woman's Wedding Ensemble (asherab nabuak) || Photo taken by Tayla Regenbaum
The artwork in this picture, called an asherab nabuak, represents the outfit worn by a newly married Amazigh woman on the third day of her seven day wedding ceremony when she welcomes her family into her new home. Made from synthetic cloth, silk, cotton, and buttons, this is a prime example of artwork that you must see in person to fully appreciate it. A picture simply does not do justice to the intricate embroidery on the ensemble. Seeing this piece in person allowed me to feel a touch of the culture of the Amazigh People of Siwa, Egypt through the authenticity of this product that was handmade by their people.

Design of the Museum

Juchiteca de pie by Francisco Zúñiga || Photo taken by Tayla Regenbaum
The exhibit pictured above, titled Juchiteca de pie by Francisco Zúñiga in the Paula and Marshall Criser Garden, is a prime example of how the lighting, design, and use of outdoor space can add so much to a piece. To me, the most appealing aspect of this exhibit is the architect's use of lighting. By boxing in the statue with an open roof, the natural sunlight is directed to the sculpture in such a way that the bronze and green colors shine. The actual sculpture itself is simply a woman standing; however, its placement in the outdoor garden causes the artwork to give off a sense of serenity that made me feel at peace with myself in that moment.

Art and Core Values

Family by Agustín Cárdenas || Photo taken by Tayla Regenbaum
This sculpture pictured above, titled Family by Agustín Cárdenas, portrays two parent figures joined together with a child seated on their lap. This piece appeals to my core value of honoring family by serving as a reminder that a family functions as a single unit with a strong, unbreakable bond. This artwork instills the emotions of love and happiness in me as it reminds me that no matter how far I am from my family, we are still all connected by this strong bond. The abstract nature of this artwork helps me better understand my core value of honoring family because it reminds me that the family unit itself is more important than the individual details and problems within.

Art and the Good Life

Egungun masquerade, Ede, Nigeria by Eliot Elisofon || Photo taken by Tayla Regenbaum
This artwork conveys the Good Life theme of the need for simplicity. Although the Nigerian people in the photograph probably do not have much to live off and must work hard each and every day to simply survive, they look genuinely happy as they celebrate their culture with this dance captured by Eliot Elisofon. This adds to my appreciation of the idea that life must be lived simply because it causes me to step back and look at everything I have in my life that serves only as a distraction and realize that without all the gadgets characteristic of today's society, life can still be enjoyable. One must hone in on their origin and culture to get fulfillment from life.

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