The Good, The Bad, and The Harn

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

Black Flame, TANAKA Tomomi, 2015

Black Flame by TANAKA Tomomi conveyed so much without doing planning to. Carved out clay, Tomomi was able to convey life and death, creation and destruction in one piece. Before reading the art's title, the sculpture looked like an intricate, detailed flower. Upon further inspection, the sculpture is actually flames. Similar to what you would see at a at camp, these flames are dancing, alive and well, shooting up towards the sky. Tomomi was able to create such a story with a simple medium, clay. With the clay, intricate lines and details were able to come together and tell a story like no other.

Design of the Museum

3 white women, 1 woman of color and no men of color out of 71 artists? Guerrilla Girls, 1997
You're Seeing Less than Half the Picture, Guerrilla Girls 1989
When Racism And Sexism Are No Longer Fashionable, How Much Will Your Art Collection Be Worth? Guerrilla Girls 1989

By far, the best part of the museum would have to be the section that dealt with the Guerrilla Girls and their long struggle of equality in the art department. The Guerrilla Girls are self proclaimed feminist who have dedicated their lives to shedding light and bringing forth attention to female artist as well as artist of color. Too often, art and artist are drowned and suffocated under all the straight, white male artist as are many different things. The Guerrilla Girls have not only taken note of this, but have mad wit their agenda to teach other people of this issue through political and satirical art that espouse equality in a comical way. As someone who is also dedicated to the fight of gender equality, I relate to the Guerrilla Girls' cause and find their method of protest and opposition to be refreshing. Not only am I am impressed by the Guerrilla Girls, but also Harn Museum. I have never seen feminist and gender equality art in a museum unless that was the museum's sole purpose. Many people might not consider what the Guerrilla Girls do to be art, so I am glad that the Harn does.

Art and Core Values

I am Not a Persian Carpet #2, Aphrodite Désirée Navab, 2001
While I am not Persian or Middle Eastern, I completely understand the message that Aphrodite Navab is trying the get a cross. As a Black woman, my body has always been used for the consumption and pleasure of others. We are used as props and background characters of someone else's story, never being able to tell our own story and always having someone else tell it for us. Black woman are oversexed and are not respected, yet people constantly want our culture and identity. People want our food, hair, men, and rhythm but are not here for us and do not protect us when we need them to. Everyone wants to be Black, but no one wants to be Black. I am Not a Persian Carpet #2 is a rally cry. It is Navab's way of taking back what is rightfully hers and finding her identity in a world that is constantly trying to strip her of one

Art and the Good Life

There is a lot of truth in the saying, "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder." People see and experience the world completely differently from one another, forcing us to find value, worth, and beauty in different things. This is what I think the Good Life is all about. Not finding something beautiful just because your neighbor does or because you feel forced to because of societal pressures, because you individually do. Not only that, but allowing people to find beauty in things different from you. You do not necessarily have to agree with it, but acknowledge that people find beauty in different things and accepting said differences. The world would be a much better place if we did so.


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