"Harn" at Work Zoë Wasserlauf

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

I must admit than I haven't been to many art museums in my life. Paintings and sculptures don't hold my interest as much as other forms of art do. However, seeing these pieces in real life is a much fuller experience than seeing them online. Even though I don't appreciate art as much as I probably should, going to the Harn museum did help me learn to see art in a new light. A piece I found striking is Manhattan and the medium is oil on board. I think what is so striking about the piece to me is the contrast between the harsh, straight, rigid lines of the skyscrapers and the flowing colors of the air surrounding it. I also enjoyed the air of industrialism associated with the color scheme of the painting. It communicated a sense of progress and it made me feel like the artist was trying to suggest that the world we live in is rapidly changing and moving forward, especially given that the painting was made after the second world war. It made me feel hopeful for the future and the progress we'll be seeing in the near future.

Manhattan, 1946, George Grosz

Design of the Museum

When I walked into the entrance for the galleries, I was immediately drawn to a wing filled with European prints. It had a brightly colored feature wall, contrasting to the stark white walls surrounding it. As seen in the picture, it was also a dimmer exhibit, creating an intimate and warm feeling. To add to this feeling, there was less open space between the pieces; this made me feel closer to the art around me. Also, the large quote "Meant to Be Shared" caught my eye. This also gave an intimate vibe, describing how the art seen in the exhibit is for everyone and it was meant to be seen by the public with friends and family.

Exhibit entrance

Art and Core Values

A core value of mine is keeping in touch with my roots and always remember where I come from. I stumbled upon this painting and immediately thought of the beautiful scenery seen in those short October weeks in upstate NY. Upon further inspection, I was shocked to find out that it was taken in Woodstock, the area that my father's side of the family lived. I haven't been there since I was young to visit my grandparents. Family is so important to me and it was so amazing to see a beautiful painting capturing some of my favorite memories. It instilled a sense of love and longing. I haven't been to Woodstock since my grandmother died a few years back and I wish I could go back and appreciate the time I had there more. It reminded me that I should never let go of these memories and sense of familiarity. Seeing this compelled me to decide to take a road trip and go back there to visit over the summer.

Overlook Mountain, Woodstock, New York, 1922, by Ernest Fiene

Art and the Good Life

A wonderful exhibit was a collection of photos of a woman named Frida. The photos depict her as an empowered, beautiful woman. She embodies the good life. She gives off a sense of confidence and appears to be comfortable in her own skin in the photographs. She is not what society often deems to be beautiful and yet that is exactly what she is. In our lectures, Barbies were referenced as an "ideal" body type and shows how media can hurt the self esteem of many young minds. In these pictures, the photographer captures a different kind of beauty that captivates the audience and sets the bad for other forms of media to show real beauty in the world.

Frida with Michoacan Gourd on Head, 1932, Carl Van Vechten

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