Harn Museum Walkthrough By: Hope Molinelli

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

-On the right is a blurb about Francisco Goya's and his works titled The Disasters of War. To the left is an image of a woman in a white dress firing a canon.
-These are two other works included in Francisco Goya's collection of The Disasters of War. In both of these images, you can clearly see what Goya is trying to tell his audience about the concept of war.

Upon going to the exhibit, I did not expect to see this collection of prints by Francisco Goya, especially the print of the woman in the white dress firing the canon which I recall seeing on the web before. Being able to view this image in person helped me better understand the message that Francisco Goya was trying to communicate through this print. Goya is an artist known for his prints and particularly in this collection titled The Disasters of War, he is trying to reveal to the audience all of the immoral things that men to do one another on the battlefield during a time of war. At the time these prints were made was during the Peninsula Wars between the French and Spanish. Many prints in the collection show atrocities and suffering meanwhile the print of the girl in the white dress at the canon shows a heroic action. It is interesting to this print among the rest and recognize its different message and portrayal. It makes me wonder what exactly Francisco Goya was trying to communicate to us about this single print amidst all of the others. Perhaps he is trying to tell us about the men who are fighting on the battlefield committing all sorts of horrible actions while the woman are not necessarily on the war front but are fighting their own wars back at home with the invasion of troops and trying to protect their children while the men are away. After looking at every exhibit in the museum and examining every piece of art, this collection was my favorite. Some would say that the technique is not as elaborate and innovative as some of the other artists at the museum, but I felt drawn to this collection and the meaning and portrayal behind it. While the print itself was simple, the actions of the men inside the print in black and white were astonishing and invoked my curiosity about the artist and the time period that these prints were made. The artwork made me reflect on times that are very much behind me but that I have learned about in school. It also made me rethink the concept of war and how people are usually fighting over simple materialistic things like land and it is horrible to think of all that men must endure and partake in on the battlefield for a materialistic cause that somehow to them goes beyond what it means to be human and be unified. It is interesting to see the state of mind that war can trigger and how it affects our actions and behavior. War itself is a scary thought but its ability to completely morph a person's moral compass and tear apart people in the worst way. I can imagine that at the time these prints were released, it invoked much thought in the people who saw them and made them realize the injustices in their society.

Design of the Museum

-These are images of Arthur Ross's Collection in the Museum. This exhibit was the main attraction during the time that I visited the museum and it took up the most space.
-These are artworks that are part of Arthur Ross's Collection at the museum. These snapshots are of streets and cities which was one of Arthur Ross's fascinations that is clearly evident in his artwork. The first picture is The Nolli Map, it is a completely detailed map of Rome during the eighteenth century.

When I went to the museum, I took a turn and found myself in the Arthur Ross exhibition. I remember I was completely overwhelmed with the large space full of black and white photos and artwork. The Arthur Ross Collection was placed in the center of the museum and during the day that I visited the museum, most people seemed to be concentrated in this area fascinated with all of Ross's works portrayed. I found this exhibit of the museum appealing because of the large space and the large artworks that were hung on the wall. For example, above I posted a picture of The Nolli Map. It is a map of Rome in the eighteenth century that is extremely detailed. If you look close enough, you can see monuments such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and every church and every garden and fountain is depicted on the map. The intricate artwork and exactness had everybody inspecting it closely and becoming overwhelmed by such a piece of art. The lighting in this exhibit was also very dim which I believe fit into the tone of the exhibit. Every artwork was black, grey, and white in color and the light just added to the mood being portrayed in each of the artworks, giving it that "old-timey" feeling. The arrangement of the art was very neat and aligned. Some works were even the same size because they were parts of collections while others were large in size and captivating to the eye. I found that most people were drawn to the large elaborate maps that were displayed in this section of the exhibit. I believe that most people were so drawn to this part of the museum because of the culture and history that was being portrayed in all of the prints and pieces of art. Most people were reading the blurbs beside the pieces gleaning information about the history portrayed in each one. The people in the museum appeared to have sectioned off this exhibition where one part was primarily focused on eighteenth-century Italy and the other was focused more on works by other artists. This section included other artwork as well, not only by Arthur Ross but by Francisco Goya, the Tiepolos, and other French artists, however all of the pieces were captivating and I found myself spending most of my time at the museum in this section, looking at all of their artworks and admiring each and every single one of them.

Art and Core Values

-These are images of the Mirror Mirror exhibition at the Harn Museum, which includes images of Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter.

Two of my core values are creativity and work/life balance. In my spare time I love to read and write and one of the things that I value most in my life is making sure I am always putting in time to my interests and my past-times that I enjoy. I feel that sometimes work can come with loads of overwhelming stress and draw us away from the things that have the ability to push our minds and be enjoyable at the same time. It is important to be able to realize this and ensure that you have a hobby where you can retreat to calm your mind and get away from all of the stress that may overwhelming you. Out of all of the artworks in the museum, there was one that spoke to me more. I found this artwork in the Frida Kahlo Mirror Mirror Collection. It is an image of Frida Kahlo laying in the bed at a hospital and in her lap is a canvas waiting to be painted on. After touring the Frida Kahlo collection, I was able to understand all that Kahlo endured in her life, especially her illness that affected her majorly at the end of her life. Frida Kahlo is a famous Mexican painter and many of her artworks are globally known. This image spoke to me the most because it portrayed Frida Kahlo in a moment where I know she was in a lot of pain and she was suffering greatly, however, it shows her still painting despite all of it. This speaks to me because I value all of my past-times and hobbies and their importance and effect on my character and I never want to be at a place where I am unable to do any of them. I admire Frida Kahlo in this picture because despite her suffering, she still pursued her love of painting through it all. I aspire to be exactly like Frida Kahlo because even if I am put on a path that may affect me greatly, I never want to lose sight of the things that I love.

Art and the Good Life

-These images are from the Guerrilla Girls exhibit at the museum.

The Guerrilla Girls are a group of radical feminists during the 1980's that used their art to fight sexism and racism within the art world. The motive behind their art was to bring attention to the racial and gender inequality going on at that time. While I was walking through this exhibition, I found myself being personally talked to through the messages in the artwork. I was able to put myself back in time during this period and understand the public issues that were plaguing society at that time. It made me think of Conrad and how he believed that art is a method of communication and how it connects us a society. People use art to communicate thoughts and messages and while art is interpretative, it has this unique ability to connect people and impact the society tremendously. The Guerrilla Girls were speaking to society and telling them to act against the injustices that are currently plaguing society. This exhibition showed me the importance of sharing the good life and how it depends on developing relationships with others and voicing our opinions and remaining unified. This artwork strengthened my belief of the importance of communication and sharing experiences and the fact that we are living in this world together. It made me realize that we should never let this practice of communicating through art fade in our society because it is integral to achieving the good life. I also learned about the importance of having a voice and speaking our minds against injustices because if we do not speak out against injustices, how can we expect to obtain a good life as well as others? We can develop on our own but it is extremely important to develop together as a society and ensure that everyone has the ability to experience the good life.

All of the pictures provided were taken by me!

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