Harn Museum BY: JOHN RICE

The picture shown above is me standing next to the "Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters", by Audrey Flack. Flack uses a more classical design that can be compared to the Greeks whom were known as perfectionist for their idealistic proportions, whether be the perfect symmetry of a building or for a sculpture of a beautiful Goddess. The Greeks actually invented the technique called entasis (meaning swelling), which was when they made the center of their columns fatter because they noticed that looking from a far caused an optical illusion that made the columns look as if they bowed inward. This was all done to uphold the classical views of idealistic proportions.
The design of the museum is very open with exhibits that flow freely into the next. The first gallery opens with a sculpture of the Islandia, with other pieces of art scattered around the walls, such as Yvonne Jacquette's "Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II". There is a brief passage into the next gallery which put must needed emphasis on the Feminist movement. The largest piece is a gorilla head on a pretty lady's body and it talks about sexism amongst artist and in the Met. The next gallery that was open at the time of my visit was one that focused on small sculptures from South America. One notable sculpture I came across was the "Seated Man with Mace and Bowl" by the Ameca people (In picture above). He first grabbed my attention because he reminded me of the Tlatilco Figurines that were found in the Mexico Valley. These works both have a rudimentary style that is made from ceramic. Another aspect about the museum that I thought was innovative and aesthetically pleasing were the "rooms" that went to the outside. I am not sure what they are called but they had glass doors that allowed you to look inside, and it was almost like they were little doughnut holes of the museum that allowed plants to grow.
(I apologize for the blurry image it was difficult with the crutches, so below is a clearer picture, but I am not in it) The art work that I was taking a picture of is called "Day of the Dead Figures" and it is from Mexico. The date of its origin is unknown, and it is made from ceramics and other mixed media. These figures stood out to me and grabbed my attention because even though I do not have any Mexican heritage one of my best friends growing up does, and I grew up around his family partaking in many of the cultural festivities just as if I was a part of their family. The Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, as its called in Mexico, is meant to be a multi-day celebration of those who have passed onto the next life. This piece made me think back to jovial memories of my childhood when I would celebrate with my good friend and his family our fallen friends.The figurines are common pieces that might be seen at a typical celebration, other common things to see would be an alter with goods on it.
The piece above is the "Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II" by Yvonne Jacquette. This painting brings out what the Good Life is to me, because it shows human activity. Although I have never been to Tokyo, I have been to New York City which is very similar in that they are both major world cities that draw people from all around the world to see and explore their concrete jungle, that is their city. The piece is also an impressionistic painting which happens to be my favorite era of art. The vagueness of the strokes allows vivid color to take over and gives every viewer a different experience, much like Van Gogh's work.
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