Christina Mouttet at the Harn January 26, 2017

Design of the Museum

This is a collection of ceramics from countries in Asia such as China and Japan. The description explained how this collection represented the intersection of Asian cultures along the Silk Road and how the influence of different regional cultures are presented. Getting to see the ceramics in person was an amazing experience because I got to see how detailed and intricate every piece was. What I found to be so striking about the design of this exhibit was the use of space and how they were all arranged along the wall together. Had it been just one piece by itself, it might have gone overlooked. But this huge wall full of vases and pots really attracted my attention and made me want to look closer at each piece to see its unique design. It made me feel more connected to the history of the art and how all the cultures came together across this array of ceramics.

Art and the Good Life

This particular wing of the Harn really stuck out to me. I have always been interested in feminism and inequality issues around the world. I had never heard of the Guerrilla Girls, but their artwork was so thought-provoking that I even went home to research them further. Their artwork focuses on the injustice of the sexism apparent in the art world today. It made me think about how important it is to stand up for and protect our rights as citizens. Furthermore, I never knew about how dominant the issues with sexism in the art world are today, but each and every one of their pieces shined a spotlight on these issues and did their job of making sure people know sexism is a major problem in this industry. They highlighted these issues in creative ways, such as in the piece "You're seeing less than half the picture." Seeing a predominantly blank picture hanging up in an art museum truly stands out and drew all the visitors, like me, to it as they were wondering what it was about. The Good Life theme depicted in this exhibit is how important it is to be courageous and confident in your beliefs. I really appreciate the objectives of the Guerrilla Girls and how their artwork provokes thought and inspires change in every visitor.

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

This was, all in all, one of my favorite exhibits in the museum. Seeing this collection of artworks put together evoked a plethora of emotion within me. The pastel colors utilized by the artist communicated feelings of nostalgia, serenity, and dreamlike thoughts. The technique of using frames of simple shapes and short sentences makes the work very ambiguous and therefore allows for multiple interpretations. Seeing this work in person was an unforgettable experience as each frame complimented each other perfectly and combined to form a bigger masterpiece. In addition, from seeing this work in person, I was able to realize that many of the squares were made of a cloth material and stitched together. If I had just seen it online or in a photo, I may have missed out on that defining detail. This goes to show that you cannot truly appreciate or understand a work of art until seeing it in person.

Art and Core Values

This art piece is entitled La Flora by Cundo Bermúdez. He is known for using vibrant colors to depict his homeland Cuba and includes themes such as landscape, culture, portraits, and still life. This particular work of his reminded me of the loud, unique Cuban culture I am familiar with from living in Miami, as well as the colors of fish and wildlife that you would most likely find in a Caribbean country like Cuba. It appeals to my core value of being proud of my heritage and where I come from. It also made me think about how even though Cuba had been going through a turbulent time of instability, Bermúdez was able to focus on the good memories and was still proud of his ethnicity. His artwork provoked feelings of homesickness and appreciation for the fact that even though I come from a very mixed cultural background, I cherish it all and the way that it has formed me into the person I am today.

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