The medium I found most striking was in a sculpture by John Chamberlain. It was made of aluminum foil, acrylic, lacquer and polyresin. This piece was created by mixing up multiple smashed cars. I found this piece riveting, not just because of how it was made, but for what it was made. This piece was a symbol of American culture. However, it was made of discarded pieces of cars. This sculpture reminded of the "throw-away" culture in the United States. As Americans, we throw away so many materials that could be reused or repurposed, like they were in the sculpture. I see this sculpture as a reminder of what we could do.
My favorite part of the museum layout was outside of the African Art wing. As soon as you walk in, the entrance is a dimly lit area. On your left is a mirror, on your right is a video playing of an African village's dance. The video itself was entertaining. However, the mirror inverts it and it makes you feel like you are almost a piece of the video. I believe they did this to help the visitors interact more with the exhibit.
The art that I found to fit my values is probably a little unusual. I chose a print of a flower with some insects. This spoke to me because I believe in the preservation and beauty of nature. Nature is something that is important in my life. I have always found it to be a beautiful, calming place. However, by amplifying its beauty, nature becomes a thought in the mind of people. By calling it to attention, people become more aware of the issues surrounding the loss of nature, and are more likely to help preserve it. Without that preservation, prints like these would become the records of the beauty of nature.
One of my favorite exhibits also exemplifies the good life. This print by the Guerrilla Girls, brings into question the ethical decision of art museums. There are few women who are in most museums, yet the majority of them are pictured naked. The Guerrilla Girls alert us to the injustice of the sexualization of women in art. The Guerrilla Girls message is to spread awareness of the social injustices within our media. The good life encourages us to learn and grow out of these injustices.