Medium/Technique - The Harn contained an entire wing dedicated to the Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades. While the exhibit contained multiple works of art, such as dress and sculptures, I connected most with the video documenting the West African tribe's way of dance. Music and dance are often not exhibited in museums, however it is an amazing form of art and expression. The Harn and director did a great job with connecting the dance to the visitors. By having a mirror and projector, I became a part of the performance. Being able to dance alongside the dancers connected me to the tribe in a way that watching it on my computer could not of. Watching the dance made me feel more lively and exuberant, for the dance was very upbeat and fun. In hearing the murmurs of support from the fellow tribe, I felt how connected the tribe was and I am grateful to have the feeling of being connected to them as well.
Design - Near the pottery and ceramic exhibit was an outside garden. This garden contributed to the Asian influence of the surrounding exhibits, but was created to be a sort of pause for visitors. The architect of the Harn put this garden in order to have a scenic place of rest and placidity for the visitors. The garden is different than the rest of the museum by the fact that is outside and displays no paintings. However, it is still artfully connected by the Asian culture and the beauty displayed. Nature was one of the most powerful forces in influencing artists, especially in Asia, and in providing this nature wing glorifies the beauty of nature.
Core - I am often very moved by female empowerment. In the Harn there was an exhibit dedicated to the feminist movement of today. The photograph above is the work of Carrie Mae Weems. Feminism is often thought of as women deciding not to shave and wanting to prove superiority over men. However, in seeing this picture, I thought about how feminism can also be embracing femininity. The photograph shows a mother and daughter putting on makeup together, instilling my own relationship with my mother. My mom has always encouraged me to follow any path. When I wanted to learn how to apply makeup, my mom was happy enough to teach me. However, she still encouraged my own natural beauty and told me to never feel pressure from anyone else to wear makeup. Feminism contains the message of fighting the pressures of society to appear as a certain image, not to stop the act of being feminine to some females.
Good Life - The photograph “New York”, by Helen Levitt, shows the themes of embodying the Good Life. The women captured is expressing herself in clothing that is uncommon on the streets of New York. She is flamboyant, and despite society trends, this women “struts her stuff” in the streets of fashion. Embodying is about being happy with who you are physically and mentally. We often feel pressure from the media to fit a certain mold. However, this woman defies being like everyone else, justifying this photographer’s desire to take her picture.