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Fresh Takes by Steven – “Our Generation Fit”

From our morning rituals to our time at work, each moment of our day is filled with routine. Because of the fast paced world we live in, we try to shave off a few seconds from everything we do in order to meet deadlines and find time to sleep!. All of these influences can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Not getting enough exercise, eating junk food and fattening fast food, and having incredible amounts of stress in our lives keep us from fulfilling one of the most common New Year’s resolutions — losing weight. We fail at this resolution because we have a very limited amount of time everyday, not because we don’t try or because we don’t have enough drive.

Generation Fit Logo

Generation Fit is an exciting cornerstone exhibition at the Newark Museum that parents and children alike can use to create a better lifestyle; for two years it has been inviting visitors to make better choices. The use of interactive stations that include bicycle-based games, the Microsoft Xbox Kinect game system, and the Power Plate, which uses technology originally developed for astronauts, creates an atmosphere that encourages everyone to participate while disguising exercise with fun.

            GenFit - Kinect & Workout Video

The enjoyment is non-stop when using the Xbox Kinect game system. The idea of dancing to lose weight grabs the attention of adults who enter the exhibit and enchants the children who just want to dance and play games. The use of the Xbox Kinect system, Zumba Fitness game and Just Dance game series provides an assortment of tunes and difficulty levels for all to groove to. However, the fun and exercise experienced by anyone who enters this exhibit isn’t the sole purpose for attending. Along with these games and activities there are stations that teach us how to better maintain our fashionable figures. Featuring friendly illustrations, this exhibit will enlighten and motivate everyone who steps inside to learn, play and —more importantly —exercise.

GenFit - Phrase

– Steven – Marketing Intern

July 19, 2013 at 11:01 am 1 comment

Fresh Takes by Steven – “A Traditional Tale”

Hi there! I’m Steven and I am currently interning here at the Newark Museum. I will be here throughout the summer giving you my take on the different works of art, as well as a peek into some great events and happenings.

There are times I wish that I was born in a different time period. The allure of wielding a katana while wearing samurai armor; of the battlefields and warring eras along with the glory that came from an honorable life in Japan long ago; the simple and romanticized life of the samurai has always captured my attention. That being said, I find everything inspired by those time periods is worth experiencing. The teapot Behind Quiet Veils of the Blue Willow, created in 2000 by artist Red Weldon Sandlin, incorporates a story of star-crossed lovers — an idea that we’ve all heard about — that originated in the 1700s by Josiah Spode in order to market his mass-produced imitation tableware by illustrating traditional Chinese customs. Romanticized views of ancient Chinese legends, such as the story of Spode, grabbed the attention of Westerners and created a market for blue and white porcelain especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. Sandlin uses this story to not only incorporate Chinese customs, but also to instill the notion that change is inevitable.

Behind Quiet Veils of the Blue Willow Red Weldon Sandlin, United States. Painted white earthenware, on a faux-painted wooden book, 2000. H: 26 in, W: 12 1/2 in, D: 10 1/2 in

Behind Quiet Veils of the Blue Willow
Red Weldon Sandlin, United States.
Painted white earthenware, on a faux-painted wooden book, 2000.
H: 26 in, W: 12 1/2 in, D: 10 1/2 in

The illustrations on this teapot come from the above-mentioned story, the story of the Blue Willow. The star-crossed lovers being from different social classes were not allowed to be together, so they hid. Their secret meetings under a willow tree kept them alive and more importantly, near each other. As they saw no end to their forced separation, they did something that is more common today — they eloped, in order to live together happily. This act of defiance was the beginning of change for the couple. Followed by more change the couple achieved what they always wanted, eternity together. They received this gift from their gods by being turned into doves and allowed eternal lives at their willow tree.

– Steven – Marketing Intern

July 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm 2 comments

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