Tour of the Harn Museum Tracy Lin

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

Frank Stella's Zandvoort was particularly interactive when seen in person. The three-dimensional edges and fast turns of the etched lines provided a visual spectacular that can't be found in books. Seeing it in person better makes me understand and perceive the extreme details the artist etched into the magnesium. Each line can be seen clearly to the naked eye. I found the medium particularly striking in itself as it is an unorthodox medium to work with and really explored the artist's creativity. The vibrant colors painted on display a lot of vibrancy and movement that lead the viewer's eye around the twist and turns of the sculpture. This piece conveys a lot of movement for me and made me excited to follow the serpent-like tracks of the sculpture.

Design of the Museum

The display of the Paul and Marshall Criser Garden was particularly appealing as it applied natural light and scenery to emphasize the venus-like sculpture in the garden. The lushness plants complemented the artwork and further conveyed the power of fertility and beauty to the audience. The setup of the exhibit itself symbolizes life and mortality. The exhibit is also mirrored by two couches in which visitors can rest during their visit. This allows the audience to relax and rejuvenate as they sit and appreciate the artwork and the scenery. As a result, I felt a greater impact and appreciation towards the exhibit and the art piece within because of its beauty and functionality.

Art and Core Values

The Guerrilla Girls have influential power to evoke feminism within individuals. I've always felt a strong pull towards feminism and the need to protect women's rights. This piece instilled a greater understanding of the inequality that exist even in the art world. The quote, "Less than 4% of the artists in the Modern Art sections are women, but 76% of the nudes are female." makes me question equality and society as a whole. It makes me question how the male gaze has such an impactful strength on the art community when the majority of the artwork does not attack their vulnerability. This artwork helps me better understand and cherish my belief and instill a greater need to fight and protect women's right.

Art and the Good Life

The exhibit for Frida Kahlo conveys the life of this prominent artist through photography. Her life was not picture-perfect and her friends captured that well. In the piece, Frida in Bed with Dog, Héctor Garcia perfectly captured the pain of Kahlo's life. In the image, she was overwhelmed with depression and anxiety, "spinal operations, morphine, and other drugs has taken their toll," and the same year husband Rivera committed an affair with actress, María Felix. Through this we understand that even as a famous icon, Kahlo had her own flaws and her life wasn't perfect. Her story teaches us to appreciate what we have and understand that life's not perfect, even as a famous artist.

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