Design of the Museum: There was a small exhibition on the Guerilla Girls, which I have always been fond of for their mission on bringing gender and racial inequality into focus within the art community. This exhibit was appealing to me because it represented feminism, which is a movement I very much support. What I liked most about it was, as I walked into this room all I saw were small posters of the Guerilla Girls and when I turned my head there was this HUGE poster with such a strong message about how biased the art community is. It made me feel happy that gender equality was being fought in communities that I wasn’t aware of.
Face Mask (Mbop). 20th Century. Wood, natural fiber. Ibibio people.
Art and Core Value: Morals and Values are extremely important to me in such a way that I try to live my life being kind and good to the others around me. I believe that to truly live a fulfilling and happy life, one must be both altruistic and optimistic. That is why the art piece from the Ibibio people, “Face Mask” really stood out to me. The piece talked about how the mask represents both the deceased who led moral lives and were thus allowed to move to the spirit world, or those who were immoral and forced to wander, homeless and unhappy. As I read the little summary I felt a sort of sad contempt within me, it made me realize how important it is to live a “moral life.” I’m not saying I don’t live a moral life, it’s just that the message I got from this piece was that all the negative aspects and chaotic events in my life were because of how I was living. I wasn’t prioritizing what I should be and that was something that should change. In the inside I felt as ugly and unhappy as those two masks looked, so It really made me want to stop living in such a negative way and become more optimistic and productive so it’ll feel like I’m doing something with my life. The idea of believing in myself, my present self and my future self, is what this piece invoked in me.
Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters. 1988, Polychrome and gilded plaster. Audrey Flack.
Art and the Good Life: The sculpture by Audrey Flack, “Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters” really spoke volumes to me about the good life. In the summary, next to the art work it states that Flack aims to restore balance of power between men and women. The way Islandia extends her arms and offers a gesture of social healing and regeneration made me think how the good life should be. Balance and coexistence between not only genders, but races as well. I believe the good life to be a society in which equality is prominent in everyone’s mind, to be looked and respected as an equal. I’m sort of a minority in this society being poor, gay, and Asian. This makes me inferior in the eyes of societal standards, that being the “white and masculine man,” and that is why I really believe this art piece that represented balance, communicates the Good life.