Critique Paper on Texas State University´s Wittliff Collection

analytical Essay
2306 words
2306 words

Critique Paper
For my museum selection I decided to attend Texas State University’s Wittliff Collection. When I arrived, there was no one else there besides me and the librarian. To be honest, I probably would have never gone to an art museum if my teacher didn’t require me to. This was my first time attending the Wittliff Collection, thus I asked the librarian, “Is there any other artwork besides Southwestern and Mexican photography?” She answered, “No, the Wittliff is known only for Southwestern and Mexican photography.” I smiled with a sense of embarrassment and continued to view the different photos. As I walked through Wittliff, I became overwhelmed with all of the different types of photography. There were so many amazing pieces that it became difficult to select which one to write about. However, I finally managed to choose three unique photography pieces by Alinka Echeverria, Geoff Winningham, and Keith Carter.
I found the photography piece “From the Road to Tepeyac,” by Alinka Echeverria intriguing. This photography piece was a man kneeling down with a sculpture tied to his back. The woman in the statue had a green flag with multiple stars draped around her. This woman appeared to be the Virgin Mary. Underneath the Virgin Mary was an angel with green, white and red wings. The colors on the flag around the Virgin Mary and the angel’s wings represent Mexico. Also, the stars on the flag present the repetition constructed in this photography piece. There is no physical line for the foreground; however, this piece directs the eye from one point to another by implication. When I first saw this photography piece, I questioned why the statue of the Virgin Mary and an angel were on the man’s back. I realized the Virgin Mary and ...

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... the cause for all of the bad that had happened. This scene represents guilt and desperateness however, Simba does not fall for it. Scar ends up falling into a pit of fire which represents Hell. The hues that are used to create the fire are a monochromatic of red and orange. In the pit of fire there is no physical line for the foreground. As the story ends, Simba claims the throne and restores the Pride Land. The circle of life continues when Simba and Nala give birth to a newborn cub.
The Lion King film is not just an animated Walt Disney film but an inspirational movie. I think this is a good movie for anyone to watch because it has a lot of meaning for example, life lessons. Throughout the movie, there were different examples of life lessons such as hope, justice, and perserverance. I would definitely watch it again and children and adults to watch this movie.

In this essay, the author

  • Describes how they decided to attend texas state university's wittliff collection for their museum selection.
  • Analyzes the photography piece "from the road to tepeyac" by alinka echeverria, which shows the spiritual conquest of mexico's history to basilica de guadalupe.
  • Analyzes how winningham's "castillo de fuegos/fireworks" captured mexican traditions and celebrations from foreign and native perspectives.
  • Analyzes how keith carter's "holding venus" is unique because nobody could hold a planet in his hands. carter uses monochromatic shades of black to express the connection between earthly and celestial assets.
  • Opines that visiting the wittliff collection was worth it because it removed them from their comfort zone and opened their eyes to new things.
  • Describes how they attended texas state's annual jazz orchestra concert in evans auditorium. they arrived forty-five minutes early and sat in the middle section of the auditorium.
  • Describes the jazz orchestra's opening song, "broadway," arranged by sammy nestico, as a "real swinger" because of its rhythmic coherence, groove, and "feel."
  • Analyzes how thad jones' "this bass was made for walking" reminded them of jessica simpson's "these boots are made for walking."
  • Explains that the final selection performed by the orchestra was "that old black magic," arranged by mark taylor. the vocalist, candace declue, performed hand gestures to go along with the lyrics.
  • Opines that attending the jazz concert was worth it because they got the chance to experience a different type of music genre.
  • Explains that they chose to write about one of their favorite childhood movies by walt disney, "the lion king." the lion cub is anxious to become king of the jungle, but his uncle, scar, plans to kill mufasa and simba.
  • Analyzes how the color of the mark on simba's forehead was re-orange. the sun uses two types of hues: the center uses yellow and the sun rays uses orange-yellow.
  • Analyzes how scar's plan to kill mufasa leads to simba leaving the pride land and going into the wilderness. scar announces himself as the new king of the land.
  • Analyzes how simba becomes friends with a meerkat named timon and warthog named pumbaa, which creates an irregular psychological balance in the film.
  • Analyzes how the stream transforms into mufasa and uses wavy lines to create movement.
  • Analyzes how simba becomes empowered by a new sense of identity and races back to the pride land. scar tries to persuade him that he was not the cause for all of the bad that had happened.
  • Opines that the lion king film is not just an animated walt disney film but an inspirational movie. it has a lot of meaning for example, life lessons.
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