Tour of the Harn Alexa Signori

The first thing I saw at the Harn was "Old Man's Cloth", which was created by El Anatsui Ghanaian out of aluminum and copper wire. I saw it first, because it was massive. I do not think you could see art like this anywhere because of its size. You could not hang it in your home unless you had a wall big enough. I think the size contributed to the message as it shows how society wastes so much, and we should be doing more to reduce, reuse, and recycle. This piece is advocating for humans to take care of earth before it is too late. If I had not seen it in person, I would not be able to appreciate its size or see the many different common products that are disposed of incorrectly. I think it is amazing how he used these materials to better convey his message. Seeing it made me feel bad. I think more people are aware of the fact that environmental changes need to be made, but I am not sure if many people will sacrifice to help the planet.

In front of "Old Man's Cloth"

The Harn is a beautiful museum, and I liked its sixe. It felt very intimate. I am happy that we have an art museum like this on campus. My favorite part of the museum was towards the back. The walls were made of beautiful wood and there was a huge window right by an outdoor garden with a bridge that had water flowing beneath it. It felt so peaceful and a lot of natural light came into the museum. Also, a few objects on display were on the floor, in the middle of the room which made me look at them first. They looked like parts of dinosaurs.

I believe that women and minorities are just as smart and talented as white men, but we are paid less and often treated worse. I related to a piece done by the Guerrilla Girls called "Guerrilla Girls definition of a hypocrite", because it shows how some white men try to "help" others by buying art to fund liberal causes but only if it is created by a fellow white man. Somehow they think that if it is created by a person who is not white or is a female, it is worth less or it is not good at all. This piece shows me that discrimination is everywhere even in the art world where we are supposed to embrace different things. Art is supposed to unite people not separate them or showcase differences. I was angry to see that we still have so much work to do. People are still being treated unfairly because of their race or gender.

"Bicycles" by Stuart Robert Purser embodies "Celebrating the Good Life", because it shows how we need a balance in our lives between work and play as well as exercise and indulgence. In the explanation for this piece, it says that Purser normally painted "issues of social justice, he also portrayed carefree scenes of everyday life." This artist painted what he wanted to. While he painted to inspire others to change for the better, he also relaxed and painted people enjoying their lives and their happiness. He shows that you cannot be serious all the time.

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