Medium of the art: Unlike most of the art featured in the Harn Museum, Semiotics of the Kitchen is in video format. It's in black and white, approximately 6 minutes long and features a women listing, and then giving short demonstrations of kitchen utensils in alphabetical order. It plays on a large screen with walls and a ceiling around it to block out light and sound. This is what first attracted me to the piece. The bright screen contrasts the dark walls and the noise immediately caught my attention as I walked by it. Seeing it in person leaves a much stronger impression compared to seeing a video of the video. Sitting in the dark room drew my full attention to the screen and that helped me take in more of the piece and better understand it. I really like that Rosler decided to use a video instead of pictures to portray her discontent with the subjugation of women in society. Videos show the progression of emotion and being exposed to second after second of these emotions increases how intensely they are felt. The art had a comical aspect because of the exaggerated motions of the woman during her demonstrations which I found entertaining. However, Rosler combines this lighter element with more meaningful ones to share her message. The robotic nature of the woman's motions comments on how women have been objectified and are expected to fill a set of predetermined roles rather than be themselves. I enjoyed the video because it was able to make me laugh while still portraying an important message.
Design of the museum: My favorite exhibit was centered around Korean art. I liked the variety of mediums it had and how the art was placed in the exhibit. There were paintings, scrolls, sculptures, pictures, and more that I can't recall. The diversity made the room pop because it had more texture than if the art had all been of the same medium. I enjoyed that the mediums were dispersed enough that there were no clear groups, but close enough to draw similarities from the art. The exhibit also felt very open. The room was well-lit with both artificial and natural lighting. The light color of the floorboards and walls paired with the high ceiling made the room feel spacious. It was a very pleasant exhibit to be in because of the open and inviting feeling. I also really enjoyed the history of the pieces and their connection to such a beautiful culture.