Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist:
"Vajravarahi", 13th century, Bronze with gemstones and polychrome
This sculpture is of a Tibetan Buddhist deity that is not very big, and yet it includes many intricate details. She is adorned with jewelry and even her head piece includes multiple little skull like faces. It would be impossible to see such detail from a photograph, meaning in person is the only way to understand the true dedication to the creation of this piece. Religious representations have an astonishing amount of care and attention to detail that consistently capture my intrigue, as did this sculpture. After seeing this in person, I have so much respect for the artist who was able to create such beautiful art with a difficult medium and such attention to detail. The technique of the artist and the medium of the sculpture emphasize the importance of religion in their society at the time. It allows us in modern society to have a greater sense of who existed before us.
Design of the museum
Asian themed garden designed by Hoichi Kurisu of Kurisu International
This outdoor garden really completes the Asian wing of the museum. It helps immerse the viewer into the culture and state of mind of more Eastern cultures. This part of the museum is the most interactive and really immerses a person into the environment from which the art in this section originated from. Inside the Asian wing allows for a lot of open space allowing the viewer to roam at a relaxed pace and truly be surrounded by the art. This feeling is mirrored by the garden just outside as the path leads you around different plant and water features without a ceiling or other restrictions. The big windows and the wood around them connecting the garden and the inside are a nice change from the plain white walls found in the rest of the museum. It really conveys a sense of tranquility and connection with nature providing a more emotional and intimate relation between the viewer and the art. Immediately after stepping into this wing I was relaxed and at peace.
Art and core values
"I am Not a Persian Carpet" by Aphrodite Desiree Navab
I was drawn into this wing of the Museum due to the fact that it is all women artists. I consider myself a decently strong feminist and I was happy to see art by women and not just art of women. Out of many powerful works of art, this one by far stimulated the most dramatic emotional response. I felt a sense of pride for a woman standing up for what she believes, but also a sense of anger that there is a need to explain such problems. This image touches on a few of my most important values such as equality across genders and abolishing prejudice and stereotypes. This piece of art comments on the inhumane treatment of women as a commodity such as a rug. While a Persian rug is one with beautiful designs and a hefty price tag, it still should never be comparable to how we treat human beings. Humans of any and all genders should never have to feel less than a person and should be treated with respect. Navab is from Iran which furthers the statement of this piece. By exposing her stomach she is contradicting the Islamic tradition of women being covered in public. She is separating nationality from religion, which I believe to be a very important lesson people need to understand. The stereotype of Muslims and people from the Middle East is a dangerous prejudice found in America that needs to be challenged. The emotional reaction this image instilled in me helped me understand just how important such values are to me.
art and the good life
"Do Women Have to be Naked to Get Into the Met Museum?" by Guerrilla Girls
This piece of art along with the rest of the rest of the Guerrilla Girls collection really makes people take a step back and realize injustices to women and especially women artists in the US. This group of women fit in with the theme of "fighting for the good life." With the quirky representation of their message I think these women do a wonderful job of capturing the public's attention. These women have inspired me to care more about women's representation in art and entertainment, which are two fields of work I often overlook. However, if I am here to truly fight for gender equality I cannot ignore a major section in our everyday lives. The unapologetic attitude of their art makes me appreciate their work even more. The Guerrilla Girls are inspiring for representing themselves in such a powerful manor that makes it impossible for the patriarchy to ignore. Their sense of irony and sharp remarks remind me of my own personality allowing me to really see myself in a piece of art. While I enjoy looking at a nice landscape painting, the images done by Guerrilla Girls really ignites the passion inside of me. As I said before it makes me proud to see art by women instead of art of women. So much art throughout history especially around the Renaissance, the art is predominately by male artists and of the naked female body. This fact seems to play to the idea that society is still male dominated and in order to fight for the good life, people need to call attention to the inequality and not back down until change is made.