Gloucester, an oil on panel painting by Childe Hassam, is undoubtedly beautiful. By using oil as the medium, Hassam was able to create textures and movement in this piece. It's quite striking to see so much depth and detail it creates in a painting.
Design of the Museum
The Harn is extremely open and spacious- very easy to get lost in the all of the beautiful artwork. I really quite like how the Harn has separated pieces by the region of the world they and their artist belong to. My favorite exhibit is the feminist artwork by the Guerrilla Girls. These pieces bring to light the unequal treatment of females in the art world. A particular piece, not pictured above, stated "Less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art Sections are women, but 85% of the nudes are female?" I was shocked at this- being a woman myself, I had never thought about this and how all great artists we learn about growing up are, for the most part, male but most great pieces involve female nudity.
Guerrilla Girls' exhibit is the one I enjoy the most because it is the one that invokes the most thought in me. I am a self-titled and proud feminist- learning about these feminists and what they've done to bring to light their struggle for the end goal of equality is inspiring.
Art and Core Values
I found it very interesting that short film like Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen in the Harn Museum of Art. The video itself shows a woman naming utensils and demonstrating how each work - her demonstrations and gestures become angrier as she goes through the various kitchen tools. This film coincided with feminism and feminist art growing in popularity. The woman's growing anger in the video represents the growing frustration and anger in woman and feminists in this time period.