The UW-Madison Museum Experience
Chazen Museum of Art
1) Which display best represents your thoughts and/or feelings about your current major and career goals?
Satyr (or faun)
Roman 2nd century AD
This display at first glance is really simplistic. It’s a statue of an armless man with no clothes on. As I looked at it more, I thought about the science of our bodies and from there, it became much more complicated. I have never been one to interpret art, but I think that everyone sees art in a different way, depending on where we are in our lives and maybe even where we intend to go in the future. This structure made me think about the future career that I want for myself as a nurse or nurse practitioner.
2) Which display had the most effect on you, good or bad?
Display: Karel Appel (Christiaan) – “Clown”
This painting elicited some serious anxiety as soon as a came upon it. The confusion and messiness of it reminded me of my worst self. I try to be as positive as possible, as often as possible, but some days I might lack self-confidence or feel particularly anxious about one thing or another. This painting made me think about those negative feelings that I dislike experiencing so much.
3) Which display represents the concept of “growth”?
Display: Albert Bierstadt “The Boating Party”
Location: American, b. Germany 1830-1902
This painting is of an empty boat that rests in a beautiful body of water and off in the distance is the sky. Every aspect of this painting reminded me of “growth” because it’s as if the boat on the open water could take you anywhere you want to go. It made me think of limitless opportunities, but in order to experience those opportunities, you would need to first get in the empty boat. It made me think about my own life and how I’ve passed up so many opportunities and closed myself off to the idea of growing as an individual. Now, I feel like a different person because I have made it a point to open myself up more and seek opportunities that I think will help to enrich my life.
UW-Madison Geology Museum
Time In: 12:10 pm
Time Out: 12:50 pm
Total Time in Museum: 40 minutes
Reflection on the Experience:
This was a really great museum. I have seen similar displays before, but it never ceases to amaze me, just how young the human race is. So much came before us. Part of me became angry as I began to think about how we as humans have had such a large impact (negative) on the Earth and I wonder what makes us think that we have the right. The Earth doesn’t belong to us, yet we have taken over as if it does. As I was looking at the dinosaur fossils, a thought came over me that was actually quite scary. I thought about my children who aren’t here yet, about how once they’re here, they might think of a certain species, such as polar bears for example, as being simply a part of the past as we do with dinosaurs. That is where we are headed if we don’t make some changes and start consuming less as a nation. While we were at the museum, I saw many parents with their kids and I have a lot of respect for those parents. They were engaging with their children, teaching them new things, and hopefully sparking their interests in different topics so they can figure out at a young age what they identify with. I think that in terms of science, it is really important to get engaged at a young age, because as the material gets harder, kids will hopefully stick with it.
University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum
Time In: 12:55 pm
Time Out: 1:15 pm
Total Time in Museum: 20 minutes
We went to the Zoological museum and no one was there to let us in. We did however go downstairs to the first floor as we were waiting for the museum to open up, where there was a display of some things related to evolution and Darwin. It was a really neat display. When we went back upstairs, the door to the museum was still locked and a woman who works in the building said that the woman who runs the museum/lab was out of town, but that maybe someone else would be able to show us around. When no one else came, we decided to move on to the next museum.
L.R. Ingersoll Physics Museum
Time In: 1:30 pm
Time Out: 2:00 pm
Total Time: 30 minutes
This was a really great experience. I liked that the museum was so interactive so we were able to get an idea of how things really worked. I was completely amazed about some of the displays in there. Just as in the geology museum, there were kids in the physics museum which I found really great. It was neat to see their enthusiasm about being in a museum. The different displays made me think about how, even though I didn’t know the complicated science behind how they worked, I could at least identify that science was involved in their creation and it brought me back to the idea that science is everywhere we look. I wondered if the displays were made by students and if so, that is so incredible. I can only imagine how much dedication it must have taken to create the things in there. I think that dedication and time leads to mastery, which is what I saw in the physics museum.