Harn Museum of Art by Vanessa Roque

My Visit to the Harn Museum of Art

from left to right : Me, Susana (my sister), and Brittany (friend)

I visited the Harn Museum of Art with my sister and her friend (pictured above). This was not my first time going to the Harn but I enjoyed it just the same.

Medium of the Art

Childe Hassam's Gloucester (1919

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

Dear Art Collector(2007) and You're seeing less than half the picture (1989) by Guerrilla Girls

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

Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975) by Martha Rosler

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.

Art and the Good Life

Eliot Elisofon's Egungun masquerade, Ede, Nigeria (1970)

Elisofon's photograph of an Egungun masquerade celebration evokes the theme of celebrating the good life. An Egungun is a masked, costumes figure (picture on the right) representing the spirits of ancestors who occasionally revisit the human world to reminisce, celebrate, and bless descendants. These Egungun festivals last for days, strengthening familial and commnual bonds of those with departed ancestors.

This is similar to Mexico's Dia de los Muertos, a day to remeber, celebrate, and honor the dead. This holiday's purpose is very similar to the Egungun masquerade performances by the Yoruba.

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