The Harn Experience Selfie Edition... Erin France

Medium of the Art & Technique of the Artist

Prism, 2009, Chromogenic print; Marilyn Minter; American, born 1948

Fame. FORTUNE. Glamour.

Those were the words that flashed through my mind when I first saw this piece. The image on the screen does not do this work justice. What makes this piece so incredible is its ability to reveal the details in such a vibrant light. The colors are warm and bright, almost as if the subject was center stage in the heat of the spotlight when the moment was captured. You can see each individual bead of sweat on the subjects skin in perfect clarity. It reminded me of when I was a dancer; we put hours and hours of hard work and sweat into a three minute performance, feigning ease and grace when in reality we were melting under the lights. To me this piece says that whatever you want in life can be achieved, if you can put in the work. However, the overwhelming bright colors lend a tone of desperation. I took this as a word of caution: we should be wary that our dreams and desires do not consume us.

Design of the Museum

In this picture specifically, I am standing in the Asian ceramics section of the museum.

Don't forget to enjoy the journey

The Harn has perfectly mastered the skill of variation in its design. The various works were grouped together by similarities, artists, cultures, styles, and/or mediums. This made taking on the entire museum much more manageable, allowing my mind to process everything I was seeing, and even providing the opportunity to compare pieces with greater ease. This adds to the overall experience, or journey, of the museum. The exhibits themselves meandered their way around the building in a loose circle, allowing visitors to weave in and out slightly according to their preference. Rooms with similar art also had similar qualities about the rooms themselves. It could have been wall color, flooring, arrangement of pieces, or ceiling height. By doing this, the tone of each room was different, tailor made to fit the art being presented in that room respectively.

Art and Core Values

Benvenuti alla Biennale Femminista, project fot the Venice Biennale, 2005 Print 2015.47.71

Never apologize for expressing who you are.

Art itself can be an emotional experience, for both the artist and the viewer. The reason an image can spark such strong feelings with a glance is because of its ability to tap into our core values. In this piece specifically, there is history behind the borderline comical image. This feminist group "Guerrilla Girls" is still active today and fighting for what they believe in. I personally felt a surge of pride when I saw this piece, and in hind sight I realize it is because it connects with my core values: achievement, self-expression, challenge, helping-others, and acceptance.


Art and the Good Life

Three girls holding hands, Sertao da Paraiba, Brazil, 1981 (printed 1991), Gelatin silver print

Never alone. Ever.

At first glance, this picture may not appear to most people as depicting the 'good life'. However, when I saw this image I immediately related it back to my own experiences. As the oldest of three sisters, I can honestly say that a vast number of the wonderful memories that make up my life have included them. To me this image says that hard times will always come, but when you need them, so will the people you love. My sisters and I have laughed until we cried together, confided our deepest secrets in each other, and pushed each other to be the best that we can possibly be. The knowledge that no matter how far apart we are, what pain we are going through, or what mistakes we make, we will always have each other is a powerful reminder that I absolutely lead a good life.



Untitled, from the Kitchen Table Series, 1990/2010 1990/2010 Gelatin silver print Carrie Mae Weems American, born 1953 Prism 2009 Chromogenic print Marilyn Minter American, born 1948 Benvenuti alla Biennale Femminista Project for the Venice Biennale 2005 Print 2015.47.71 Three girls holding hands, Sertao da Paraiba, Brazil 1981 (printed 1991) Gelatin silver print Sebastiao Salgado Brazilian, born 1944

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