Tour of the Harn Brooke stockhammer


This ball of acrylic covered aluminum stood in a big room with just a few abstract American pieces of art. I took a liking to this one in particular because it is made of "discarded materials of the American culture." By using industrial weight aluminum as one of the main mediums, the piece reflects industrial America in all of its glory, the ugly and the beautiful mashed into one. If I had seen this image or other portrayal of this piece online, or in a photo, I honestly would not find it very appealing. But standing in front of it allowed me to look closely and see all of the hidden colors and elements. It allowed me to appreciate this pile of metal and chemicals as something more, as art that communicated a part of American culture and history. (Chamberlain, John. Untitled. 1973. Aluminum foil, acrylic, lacquer, and polyresin. Harn Museum, n.p.)


This wing held the Asian Collection, where I spent most of my time during my tour. The large open room with the window letting in natural light and a view of the garden outside made me take a moment to relax and soak everything in. I think that the layout of the Asian Collection exhibit brings people feelings of Zen, traditionally associated with Asian cultures. It was a beautiful day, and I took advantage by hanging out in the garden for several minutes. This was my favorite part of the museum because of the feeling it gave me.


The Guerrilla Girls are aggressive in fighting racism, sexism, and just about any other -ism you could think of. They are feminists and they are anonymous. All of their pieces spoke to my values, so I had a hard time choosing one to feature in this story. The entire room of advertisements gave me feelings of anger as well as pride. The images spoke to my values of being respected as a woman, fighting for equality for all, whether it be based on sex or race or religion or anything. It made me angry that today we still see and experience inequality and difference in treatment due to the face that we are women, but it also made me proud of how far society has come and that there are so many people willing to come together and fight for what they believe in. (Guerilla Girls. Do Women Have to Be Naked to Get Into the Met Museum? Update. 2012. Print. Harn Museum, n.p.)


This piece is a photograph taken by Eija-Liisa Ahtila in 2002. The photo pictures a woman tending to her child, while an in-progress house model sits on her desk next to the baby. The image spoke to my Good Life because it struck me as a balance between motherhood and a career. In my life, one of my dreams is to be a mother, but I also strive to have a career of my own. Being a working mom has become more common in the modern age, but it is nonetheless a challenge. (Ahtila, Eija-Liisa. Scenographer's Mind VIII. 2002. Two chromogenic development prints. Harn Museum, n.p.)

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