The exhibits that probably had the most impact on me personally were those of the African Collection at the Harn. I was first drawn to this exhibit by the faint sound of guard drums, which I later found the source being Jean Borgatti's visual account of a tribal dance ritual. Many of these pieces originated in West Africa and represented tribal rituals of various tribal groups. My family is originally from Liberia, West Africa, and the values of my guardians, as well as tribal values were instilled in my everyday life. My cultural heritage is so ingrained in my sense of self, that I often tie my identity to it. Seeing these exhibits resurrected every teaching my family has cemented within me and I saw my culture in one room.
I was most excited to see the Guerrilla Girls' exhibit at the Harn. The Guerrilla Girls is an all-woman installation art group that uses their pieces to advocate for feminism and gender equality in the arts. Most of their installations consist of public service announcements or discouraging facts about gender and racial inequality in the arts, accompanied by a visual aid or representation. They emphasize on quantity and repetition of their views, making their statements the art. The artists have remained anonymous since the 1980s in order to ensure that their audience focuses on the messages they are trying to portray as opposed to the messengers delivering them.