An Exploration of The Harn A documentation of my journey through one of gainesville's many museums of art.

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

Cloth (Bazin) - Mali

I found this piece of artwork to be particularly striking because it is not what most would expect to be on display at a museum. Often we attribute art to solely paintings and sculptures. Yet, I believe this cloth communicates the notion that art can beautifully take all forms. Seeing this piece in person made me appreciate the intricate patterns and colors. A photo would not do this cloth justice. Looking at it with my own eyes allowed me to see the real work and dedication put into it. As I observed this cloth, I felt a deep respect for those who put so much honor and pride into this creation.

Design of the Museum

Screening rooms at the Harn

I chose these two areas of the museum because they were particularly important to me. Cinematography is one of my favorite mediums of visual art. In the left picture, the viewing room was playing a documentary on Frida Kahlo. In the right picture, the projector displayed a recording of traditional African dancing. In my opinion, video is one of the art forms that can really make you feel and experience what is being exhibited. Video can capture the sounds, the colors, the liveliness of an event or a situation. This makes experiencing art a whole new journey. I love sitting in the screening rooms and just taking in all the information I can on the artwork and the artist. They are also usually very cozy and take you into a new world within the museum. I believe these areas are very valuable.

Art and Core Values

Guerrilla Girls Display

I was very intrigued by the artwork chosen to represent the Guerrilla Girls. Outraged by the underrepresentation of women in the art world, a few ladies formed this group to bring attention to their beliefs. Their work is all so clear and to the point. Oddly enough, I love how controversial it is. These women represent their anger, their desire, their disappointment in each piece through a lens of creativity and conviction. This artwork mimics one of my core values, social justice. I believe if something is wrong or unjust, it is our duty to expose it and bring light to it. The Guerrilla Girls did just that by showing the world the ignored truth behind sexism and racism. I felt very connected when I saw this art, because it showed me that justice can be fought for in a variety of ways.

Art and the Good Life

Portrait of Frida Kahlo

Frida Khalo, the Mexican self-portrait artist, is one of my biggest inspirations. She represented a multitude of themes and elements that make up the "Good Life." Frida's artwork debunks society's definition of beauty and the pressure imposed on people to look a certain way. When she paints herself, she captures every detail, even her unibrow and faint mustache. She is very real, and this shows her confidence. While looking at her portraits, I heard the documentary in the other room saying that Diego Rivera asked Frida's father for her hand in marriage. Frida's father responded, "My daughter isn't pretty, but she's intelligent." In Good Life, we recently had a lecture on embodiment and spoke about the expectations of body image. Sometimes, it is hard to turn a blind eye to what the world perceives as aesthetically pleasing and accept that you are beautiful. Frida communicates the importance of self worth and emphasizes that beauty is more than skin deep in all her portraits.

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