Would you believe me if I told you that visiting the Harn Museum of Art was as eye-opening as visiting the Louvre in Paris? Would you believe me if I told you that the art in the Harn was as breath-taking as the pieces I have viewed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art? To me, it does not matter how big the museum is or how famous the works of art are. All that matters is that you can connect to the stories and values that each piece of artwork held.
MEDIUM OF ART AND TECHNIQUE OF THE ARTIST
Out of all the works I have viewed in the museum, this piece of art appealed to me the most. In this piece, the artist uses fabric and cloth that she collected through her childhood to describe the traumatic and life-changing experiences she went through. She immigrated from France in1938. Using eccentric colors and psychedelic patterns, she is able to convey the confusion and terror. She arranges the pieces of cloth in a timeline. The top represents her past while the bottom represents the future she yearns for. She longs for reconciliation and restoration with her troubled past. If a person were to view this piece of art online or in a photo, he/she would not be able to observe the details in each piece of cloth. Noticing small details such as the stitching pattern can bring a more chilling and striking perspective to the piece. For me, looking at the details, the colors, the patterns, and the story as a whole was very emotional for me. It reminded me of the confusion and hardship my family went through when they immigrated to America.
DESIGN OF THE MUSEUM
One of the things I truly appreciate about the Harn Museum of Art is the amount of detail they place on the layout of the museum. One of the exhibits that I enjoyed in particular was the Asian Exhibit. The curators and architects focused heavily on lighting and the use of space. To truly capture the beauty and atmosphere of Asian art, they placed the Asian exhibit next to wide window panels. The use of windows allows natural light to shine into the exhibit. Choosing natural light over artificial light was a wise choice because in Asian cultures, they pride natural beauty over artificial beauty. Along with the use of windows, it creates the illusion of space. Providing an atmosphere that feels free allows the viewer to have a calm, peaceful, and open mind when looking at pieces of art. Beyond the windows was a beautiful garden that encompassed plants seen in Asia and a mini waterfall. The addition of a water garden allowed museum goers to experience the cultural environment firsthand. I enjoyed this exhibit the most because the architects and curators created a truthfully cultural atmosphere.
ART AND CORE VALUES