Art Museum Reflection Paper

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Before visiting the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) to observe and analyze the art covered in class, I made sure to read the museum’s mission statement. That way, it would be in my mind as I walked through the halls and moved from gallery to gallery and I could revisit it afterward. According to Seattle Art Museum’s executive summary and strategic plan for 2014-2017, the museum’s mission is a simple one: to connect art to life. “Through art, the Seattle Art Museum enriches lives and engages diverse communities. As the leading visual art institution in the Pacific Northwest, SAM draws on its global collections, powerful exhibitions, and dynamic programs to provide unique educational resources benefiting the Seattle region, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond” (Seattle Art Museum). Regarding the fact that I am writing this now and had the opportunity to observe and research many works of art proves their mission to be successful. Walking into the museum, I noticed that it already appeared to be much bigger on the inside than it did on the outside. The first two floors were lit mostly by natural light and provided museum visitors access to tickets, information about the museum, the gift shop, and some food. The remaining floors were dimmer and mostly just the art pieces were given light to eliminate distraction. The American, Native American, and modern/contemporary art was displayed on the third floor while the African, European, and Mediterranean art was found on the top floor. The three art pieces that interested me the most were all found on the third floor in mostly the modern and contemporary art section. To, help uncover the power of detail behind the artwork, I chose three pieces corresponding to abstract and abstract expressionism from artists Jackson Pollock, Josef Albers, and Eva Hesse to research and truly analyze.

The first powerful example of abstract art and in this case, abstract expressionism, comes from Jackson Pollock. Paul Jackson Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming, in 1912, to a family with four other sons. When Pollock was nine years old, his father abandoned the family and returned when only after Pollock had already moved out of the house. Though his childhood was a fairly rough, he loved nature
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