MEDIUM OF THE ART:
"Classic Torso" 1952. Ruth Bernhard. The medium is digital photography and it stood out to me because the meaning seemed more real to me. The photographer aimed to show the harmonies of the body, and how simple it is. This piece speaks to me, because it aims to normalize the naked body. I like this piece because the meaning seems more real since it is a photograph of a real person.
Design of the Museum:
"Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters" 1988. Audrey Flack. This is the area you walk into first. This statue is the first thing you see which I really liked because it is gold and shimmers in the light. I really liked this wing, because it is a flat floor, but out of nowhere there is a flight of stairs going downward. This was intriguing, and I did not expect it. This wing also had many different types of artwork which I liked. There was a wall in the middle of the room, only separating about 1/4 of the room. On one side of the wall was one theme of city landscapes, and on the other side there were multiple different pieces of artwork from different genres. The statue glistened when you first walk in, and it was a fantastic start to this wing of the Harn.
ART AND CORE VALUES:
"Sheep Wranglers" 2001. Justine Kurland. One of the values that I hold close to me is gender equality. I think it is really important for girls to believe in their abilities. This piece is described as a fantasy landscape for girls. It is supposed to show a world without the opposite sex, which would essentially erase stereotypes. To be clear it is not my wish for the male species to cease to exist, but shattering stereotypes put in place for girls is very important. The piece really makes me think about where stereotypes arise from. It is a very important topic right now in society as men make more than women do in the same job, and women's healthcare is being decided by powerful white men. "Sheep Wranglers" reminded me of how important it is to not go along with stereotypes that hold you down.
ART AND THE GOODLIFE:
"Cama Alta" 2003. Linda Kohen. Kohen was inspired to make a series of beds after her husband's death. Each bed shows an imprint of a person's body soon after they've left the bed. Her series is supposed to show the span of a life in each bed. This reminds me of the goodlife theme that I have picked up so far of making the most of your life, since it is so short. Seeking the goodlife is necessary, because we do not have enough time to waste not looking for / seeking the goodlife. This piece reminds me that life is short and seeking the goodlife is something for today, not tomorrow.