In my travels to South Lake Tahoe, CA I actually visited the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. They didn’t have too much as far as the cultural aspect oft things goes for the most part. However there was one section entitled “Work Ethic In American Art”, and I feel that one of the paintings could be construed to a couple of things we have discussed in class this semester. The painting “Lovell Birge Harrison, The Loggers, 1892” as shown above depicts two hard working men rolling giant logs onto their stacks. It is easy to imagine how exhausting this task would be. But they do it nonetheless because it is their job and it was they had to do in order to support their family or themselves. This is much like the American Dream we addressed in the first blog post. We all have the possibility of working our butts off to accomplish the things we want to in life and provide for the people that we need to provide for. We just have to get up in the morning and take advantage of the opportunities that are given to us, and work our butts off to make sure we make ends meet and are able to live a better life than we were yesterday. Another aspect we’ve talked about quite a bit is race. This painting was created in 1892, a time of which if at all possible, I don’t think that a white man would be paying full price for a labor force when slavery was still extremely prominent. The men in the painting appear to be African American at first glance, however they could just be wearing hats and gloves. Nonetheless i believe art is about gathering meaning based off of your own knowledge and not necessarily everyone else’s. It means something specific to each individual so long as there is no secondary influence or thoughts. This painting was a representation to me of how poorly African Americans were treated from the time this country was founded to 1964, and even still today. Not so much the slavery aspect of things in current day, but the mistreatment has been there since day one, and I think that is a prevalent aspect to a painting that could be of two African Americans stacking logs.
All in all I enjoyed my visit, and I look forward to seeing what else the West Coast has to offer!