Sunday, June 5, 2016

Event 3

  UCLA has incredible resources in the arts program and there is even a museum on campus. Most people, like myself, was unaware of this until this class. The Fowler Museum consists of mostly art and cultural pieces from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas from all past and present. It is a collection of cultural pieces from all over the world and is a great representative of the diverse culture that UCLA takes pride in.

The figures in the exhibit were somewhat human, but also seemed a bit unhuman as well. The Indian artist named Vivian Sundaram had unique figures that were only made out of recycled material. The recycled material that came from all over the world added an extra bit of creativity that I enjoyed.
The next exhibit that I enjoyed was called "Intersections". This exhibit incorporated all types of art forms from around the world. It included art that seemed to be native and I could imagine them being created by local tribes which was interesting to see how art is unique from different parts of the world. A lot of these pieces of art look very simple at first glance, but as you continue to look at them you start to realize the small intricate details that make this art so amazing. The different masks that were all unique and all had specific characteristics about them stood out to me.

 I would absolutely suggest visiting both of these exhibits and the Fowler Museum in general. If you are a person that was unaware of these places like I was, then I strongly suggest to take a look because it was impressive and opened my eyes to the world of art.

Event 2

Today I went to the Getty for the first time this year while at UCLA and I was astonished by the size, architecture, and art. The architecture is like nothing I have seen before, and it makes the artwork that much more presentable. It also helps that the Museum sits above all of LA and has a 360 degree view.  I visited 3 exhibits, including two photography exhibits capturing animal wildlife in the late 1800's and early 1900's and more modern black and white photography in a city setting. The third exhibit was easily my favorite, which was impressionist artwork of the 1800's. I have always been fond of the impressionist era and it was very cool for me to see work from Monet, Van Gogh, Sisley, Munch, and Khnopff.

This is one of my favorite pieces by Monet I saw today, Sunrise, depicts the French harbor of Le Havre. Critics at the time believed it was unfinished impressionism, rather than a finished composition. It definitely captures Monet's paintbrush through the morning light, fog, and reflecting water.

Another piece I enjoyed was a portrait of Jeanne Kefer by Fernand Khnopff that portrait a young girl standing up against a larger door. She portrayed the young Jeanne Kefer as a elegant young girl who, looking little next to the door while the floor tilts to the right, provokes the view of the world through a child's perspective.

Lastly, Edward Munch's Starry Night is a representation of the lake where Munch spent many of his summer evenings. With the many layers of color on top of the textured canvas, the viewer can't help but notice his style. I like the simplicity of the piece, as rounded shoreline goes rhythmically with the rounded hill.