While touring the Harn, I found the aluminum foil sculpture by John Chamberlain to be quite interesting. The sculpture is abstract and made from crushed cars. It is an untitled work of art, which I also found to be intriguing. John Chamberlain takes old crushed pieces and turns them into something beautiful. Seeing this art work in person showed me that it is something way more than aluminum foil. This idea reminds me of the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover". There is always much more to an object, or person than what we see on the outside. Everything has a story about how it got there and why it is the way that it is. The sculpture that is now full of life and color used to be nothing. At anytime in life, you can change your path and become who you want to be.
My favorite exhibit was Guerrilla Girls. The lighting of the room portrayed how each piece of art work had a serious meaning behind it. The art work was staggered along the wall, and the lighting was dim with a few spot lights. The meaning behind Guerrilla Girls also makes each piece of art work special. Guerrilla Girls is an anonymous group of feminists. All of their art work is dedicated to fighting sexism. While in public, they wear gorilla masks, and some of their ideas are shown in humorous ways. This particular exhibit opened my eyes to certain issues that I was not previously aware of. This exhibit opened my eyes and made me feel like I should become more educated with certain issues in this world.
One of my main core values in life is strength. I believe that everything happens for a reason. In the Harn, Frida had a large exhibit. She was one of the most photographed people of her time. After her accident, she did not smile in her pictures anymore. She would stand there with no emotion. Her reason being was that she wanted to show that she was strong and would fight to the end. No matter how hard life gets, I will always strive for happiness and to make the most of what I have. This piece of art work reminded me that someone in this world is struggling just as much, if not more than I could be at times.
The Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades at the Harn, was an exhibit that conveyed the Good Life. The exhibit shows how humans control relationships with the spiritual world through their masks. They wear dazzling costumes and there is music and they dance. They embrace what they believe in and use it to entertain. Each piece of art work showed happiness and a true care for what they believe in. My favorite piece of art in this exhibit was the Ndoli Jowei dancing. The Ndoli Jowei is the name for the masker who wears the wooden helmet. The good life theme portrayed in this art is unity. In this work of art, the mask is called Mama, which means "unity". In the good life, it is important to be united, because when there is conflict, it sits in the back of your head. Unless that conflict is cleared, one can not focus on being truly happy.