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Art Event #7 – Museum of Man

I went to the Museum of Man in Balboa on December 14, 2011. I was only able to look around the first floor which has a photography exhibit, Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth exhibit, and a Modern Day Mummy exhibit. The photography exhibit was called “Adventures in Photography: A Century of Images in Archaeology & Anthropology”. There is an area where they displayed the different kinds of camera from 1890’s to 1990’s. There are photos from North America, Asia, Pacific, Mediterranean, Mesoamena, Near East, and South America. A lot of the photos are in black and white and of people from those areas. In the middle towards the back of the museum, there are boulders for the Maya exhibit and demonstrations of how the people carved the boulders and the tools they used and made.

I really enjoyed the mummy exhibit. There are actual mummies in the exhibit. I learned how the people back then shrunk the heads people. I thought that this was a myth, but it is actually true and they had three on display. The thing I was reading in the museum says that the people would remove the head by cutting it off a little below the neck. Then hey would pull the skull out and turn the skin inside out and clean it completely. Stitch the mouth closed, then I believe they steamed the heads to make them shrink.

I do like the patterns on the boulders of the Maya exhibit. They looked really pretty and intricate. I did not feel like there are any flaws in any of the exhibits.They are all very interesting and I learned a lot. I did not know that people give mummies a certain smell. The exhibit had information on what mummies smell like. Mummies smell like palm oil, frankincense, natron salt, lotus oil, and cedar oil. I feel respect for all the different artists whose work I looked at.

Art Event #6 – Museum of Photographic Arts

I went to the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa on December 14, 2011. The exhibition is called “Infinite Balance – Artists and the Environment”. This exhibit has different photographers ‘ photographs about their work involving the environment. The exhibit was divided into four different areas; Earth, Growth, Water, and Student work.

I really liked the Earth photographs, especially the work done by Yao Lu. The photograph that I was looking at and that really grabs my attention is “Dwelling in the Mount Fuchun”. It is chromgenic print and was taken in either 2007 or 2008. From a good distance away, it looks like the photograph is of some strange green color mountains, but still looks very nice to the eye. When you get closer, it looks like it is a piece of blanket laid across some dirt. Then I read the discription of the photograph and it said that Lu took photos of the land waste in China and the government just covered it up with a green blanket-like object. So from afar it may deceive you, but it is actually something completely different. I am interested in photography and I am still in the process of learning more about it so this exhibition really helped me look at composition of photographs and how photographers can basically take photos of almost anything and make it look so pretty no matter how bad the actual truth is behind it. I cannot pick out anything from the exhibit that had any flaws in them. They are professional photographers and I am just someone who looks at their work. I did not learn anything new. I feel respect for what the artist did taking photos like that. It really puts into perspective what is happening in the world.

Art Event #5 – CSUSM Vocal Ensemble Concert

I attended the “CSUSM Vocal Ensemble Concert” on December 12, 2011. This was an end of the semester concert to show family and friends what they have been learning about this past semester. The director is Lisa Friedrichs, the accompanist is Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng, and there are the students. They sung nine songs such as “Let the Whole Earth Stand in Awe”, “Media Vita”, “Yesterday”, etc. There was four different students that had solos and one student who played the drums for some pieces.

What I will remember most about this concert is the last song, “Tshotsholoza” (which means Go Forward). I will remember this piece because the students were spread throughout the room doing choreography and everyone was smiling and really into it. The beat of the song was very nice too. This song is a South African Freedom song that is adapted by Jeffery Ames. If I remember correctly, this song is about Africans saying that the train is coming over from the mountains to take them away from their homes. I did not feel that there was anything in the concert that would influence my work. I did find more appreciation for the different kinds of songs they sang. I thought all of them were very beautiful.  They sang songs from the Middle Age, Renaissance, Shakespeare, and even the Beatles. I do not feel like there is anything to  criticize about this concert. I felt that the students, Professor Friedrichs and Dr. Cheng did great jobs organizing the concert; as well as their performances.

Art Event #4 – CSUSM Comedy Improv Show

I attended the “CSUSM Comedy Improv Show” on December 9, 2011. This is the first time I have ever been to an improv show on campus and I did not even know that we had an improv team. I was super excited to go because I love watching improv. The theme for this show was “Ugly Christmas Sweaters”. They also have two different shows; one family friendly and the other is for adults.

I had a great time watching the show. The improv team and the audience were all having a good time and enjoying the show. I loved the part of the show where the four comedians left the room so the audience could give the host phrases, names of people, actions, etc. The comedians were given a scene to act out, but they had to use the lines the audience gave them an incorporate it with their scene. It was just hilarious. I feel like watching this show, I want to be “going with the flow” with my work. Don’t think too much about it, just take one step at a time. I felt the only flaw foe the was that they were a bit unorganized with their time between their different “scenes”. I felt they all did a great job because they made me laugh throughout their show.

Art Event #3 – A Multidisciplinary Art Event – Silence & Noise

I attended “Silence & Noise” on December 9, 2011 at CSUSM. This was an exhibition of the students who took the multi-disciplinary art course offered on campus. The arts building was filled with the work of thirty three art students. There was food and mausic playing on the third floor, art work displayed on the first floor, and there was student’s videos playing in a classroom.

I think it was very nice to see the different studies of art the students explored. The type of art they decided to work on for the class shows their talent in that area. It allows other students, faculty, family, and friends to see the creative process of the students at the school and all their hard work that they endured during the semester. It is nice to have a student’s art work displayed on campus for others to enjoy, as well as other students enjoying the work of one. There was a lot of great art work that I saw. I think what influenced me about all the art work I saw is to explore myself through other media; even to mix medias together. I find some media to be difficult to work with, but I feel that if you take the time to work with it, you can create something so beautiful. There was absolutely nothing wrong with anyone’s art work, they were all very nice. I did not know what this course (multidisciplinary) was about. I have to take this course still and now I have an idea of what to expect and am looking forward to the class. I have respect for all the artists that was at the exhibition.

Rolling Mesh with Rays/Bubbles

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