Design of the Museum-- The design of the museum was largely circular. It gently led and guided the individual through the exhibits in a systematic and logical way. Ironically the only time I had to double-back through a space, it was into my favorite exhibit. My favorite room in terms of architecture was the Asian collection room. I loved the dark wood paneling and the nature light filtration. The garden just outside the window with the fountain was absolutely gorgeous and I truly enjoyed looking at it.
Art and the Good Life-- This piece speaks about the gluttony of society. To me, it also spoke about the lack of value in material wealth. The subjects of the exhibit do not appear happy, though they are doused in wealth and material possessions. These pieces helped me come to terms with the insatiable desire that people have to connect; be it to one another or a higher being. This exhibit helped me as I form my definition my good life. Material possessions are only valuable so long as they create a comfortable life for those that I love. I think intrinsically, most people feel this way, but along the path get lost in the tantalizing promise of social prowess, material wealth, and power. Most all people will agree that "the little things" are the most valuable to them, as they all strive for a more high paying position in jobs they hate that will make them spend less time at home. I think this exhibit reflects the dilemma of balancing material gluttony with spiritual, emotional, and intellectual values.
Art and Core Values-- I am a firm feminist. This exhibit perfectly helped me express my views to my dear friend who went with me. The Guerrilla Girls exhibit was a series of ads published by anonymous female artists about inequality in the arts for women. I absolutely adore art with a message and the fact that the pieces in this exhibit are still relevant is absolutely astounding. I think the presentation of the inequalities in a blunt and forward manor is incredibly powerful and telling. I think this exhibit encapsulates injustice and the constant changes we can make and improve upon to make our society equal.
Medium of the art/Technique of the artist-- Photography is by far my favorite style of visual art, I think it captures real life and true emotion better than any other form of visual art, considering it is exactly that; real. The first image is of a young girl in a transitional period of her life. I both currently relate and recall this time. I, obviously, went through much of the same things that this young woman went through and therefor this image speaks to my memory. It also can act as a metaphor for my life currently. All the changes that are happening surrounding my life is reminiscent of this period in my life. It helps me remember that this, too, shall pass, and that I do have a good life, I simply am in a period of stress right now, just as I was then.
The second image is of Wall Street in the 1960s. I absolutely love this image simply for its realism. The image makes the time feel like earlier in the century, but it is real. Despite changing perspective, the street corner exists and there's something very comfortable about the tangibility of all photography.