IUF1000: Tour of the Harn TARA BAGHERLEE


Champ d'avoine (Oat Field) by Claude Monet, 1890

Viewing this Monet piece in person is the only way to truly appreciate its beauty. Seeing it at the Harn helped me better understand the work because I could really admire the impressionist technique that he is so famous for - the soft colors and fluid brushstrokes created a tranquil, atmospheric landscape that was beautiful to witness in person. The thing I love most about Monet's technique is the way he manages to make everything look so smooth and yet so separate. There are clear distinctions between the background, the foreground, and different objects in the painting yet everything still looks seamless. This piece of artwork made me feel calm and at peace, since it reminded me of how a pretty landscape looks when its still early morning and there is a chill in the air and dew on the plants.

Design of the museum

The exhibit / wing I found most appealing was the one pictured above - I absolutely love natural light and large windows, and seeing the huge panels made of dark wood onlooking such lush nature was very aesthetically pleasing. There was just the right amount of light and a beautiful view in addition the architecture of the window itself that created a feeling of peace and tranquility - I felt connected to the wing, the art around me, and the nature the world has to offer all at once. This wing leads outside into the Harn's garden, which was beautiful. This wing housed the Asian American art and the style of the window in addition to the garden outside reminded me of Japanese architecture. All the different plants and flowers and where they were placed in addition to the small pond really created a secluded paradise that allowed me to reflect on the beauty of what I was witnessing on my trip to the Harn.

art and core values

I am Not a Persian Carpet #2 by Aphrodite Desiree Navab, 1971

"I am Not a Persian Carpet #2" by Aphrodite Desiree Navab appealed to my core value of heritage. My family is from Iran (like Navab), and my heritage is very important to me. It compiles an important part of who I am and my identity. When I was in this wing of the Harn, I was initially attracted to the intricate pattern on the woman's chest before I realized that it was a popular motif from Persian carpets, which are donned all over my family home. I love this piece for so many reasons: it connects to my cultural background and Navab is using it as a statement piece to create her own identity. She stamps the popular motif from a Persian carpet on her chest because she is speaking out against the societal notion that both women and cultures are minimized to mere products. She is an Iranian woman and wants to be recognized wholly as such, using her body and her art as protest. Artwork like this instills emotions of simultaneous anger and enthusiasm. I am angry that such societal pitfalls exist, but I am enthusiastic that artists like Navab exist to inform humanity and destroy such constructs.

art and the good life

Guerrilla Girls exhibit at the Harn

The Guerrilla Girls exhibit at the Harn truly demonstrates the will to spread the Good Life to all - in their case, they advocate for women (specifically women artists.) Gender representation, pay inequality, and the overall depiction of women in art as mere objects for sexual desire are the constructs The Guerrilla Girls hope to abolish in order to educate all on the importance of feminism and to spread the Good Life to female artists. In the case of the Guerrilla Girls, their art demonstrates the theme of "Fighting for the Good Life," since they advocate for a group of marginalized people in the art world - similar to the others we read about in the module and their fights against oppression of various groups of people. The Guerrilla Girls use colorful and provocative graphics in their art in order to grab the attention of its observers. The Guerrilla Girls' sarcastic posters carry an undertone of urgency - this is an issue that has been ignored, female artists have been marginalized, and they won't go unnoticed for much longer. They fight for equality, for intersectional feminism, and for the art created by women that should be just as valuable and important as the art created by men.

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