My roommate Arein and I ventured to the Harn Museum of Art on a Tuesday afternoon; neither of us had ever been there before. Arein is a junior, so she did not "have" to go, but we both wanted to check out the museum regardless. We both ended up loving it; there are so many interesting pieces from so many different eras conveying so many different human emotions and representing countless different cultures. We had a lot of fun wandering around and reading artists' descriptions, going into the gardens, and ultimately absorbing the essence of the museum. There were a few setbacks, however... including when I got locked out by myself in the gardens right before closing:
The section of the Harn Museum of Art that was most striking to me, due both to its meaning and intentional design, was the "Intra-Action: Women Artists from the Harn Museum". Upon walking into the exhibit, the stark difference between it and those previous is quite significant, as the majority of the prior exhibits harbored older, less colorful pieces. The negative, white space on the walls with sparse, dramatic pieces full of graffiti, color, bold text, etc. (as shown below).
The Guerilla Girls arose in the 1980s following an art show, the International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, which featured only 13 women out of 169. It is an anonymous feminist art society that intends to focus on their message rather than the members themselves
As one can assume, the point of this Guerilla Girls exhibit is to abruptly confront visitors with the starkness and caustic truth of their pieces, as it does in the Harn. The largest piece, shown above as "Do Women Have to Be Naked to Get into the Met Museum?", is considerably the most accosting: its bright yellow hue and confrontational lines of nudity and blatant sexism is the first thing one sees upon entering the exhibit. Of course, this placement, color, and forefronted political statement is entirely intentional, as it is meant to grab attention and keep it as well. Whether intentioned to insight anger, humor, sadness, or a little of all three, the ultimate clinical arrangement of these pieces helps to make this statement, which will inevitably vary from individual to individual.