Art and the good life
This piece was in the African Art wing of the museum, which normally I've never had a personal taste for, but in this case, I felt embodies what a good life means. Many know how essential culture is to a good life, and no culture is perhaps more vivid and traditional than that of Africa. The rich colors and rhythmic motions portrayed in this piece accurately illustrates how important culture is to people who are still closely tied to their culture. As Americans, we are getting progressively distant from our culture, and it means less and less to us, especially concerning tradition. In this work, it is still very clear that tradition is key in this part of the world, and even though it is considered impoverished by our standards, it looks very rich in interpersonal relationships and culture, which I think we all could use a little more of in our good lives in the West. This image also stresses the importance of simplicity in ones day-to-day life, and how much celebrating life amongst the chaos we deal with can do for improving your general well being. In this side of the world, we infrequently celebrate the past, but are always looking forward, sometimes mistakenly, and this image of traditional, yet meaningful celebration shows how mistaken we may sometimes be in those ideals, and how key tradition is in a good life.