A Tour of the Harn -That was better than expected

On the matter of medium/technique....

I was truly blown away by this little lady right here. Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters, is a contemporary goddess made in 1988 by Audrey Flack. She was the first thing I saw when I entered the museum and it is easy to see why she would be the center of attention. Islandia is Flack's (successful) attempt to encourage equality of power between men and women. My favorite part about her was her glittery headdress, pictured below.
Okay, so my camera did not pick up the glitter.... but trust me, it is there and it is beautiful. I think part of why this work stuck out so much to me is because it is a single sculpture amongst many paintings. A truly three dimensional work of art naturally beats a painting on a flat canvas in my eyes.

Onward! To discussing the design of the museum...

Please pardon all the people who sabotaged my shot. This was my favorite room in the Harn Museum. Like most of the others, it was rather empty to give all the works of art the spotlight. What made it stick out to me was the nature walk in the background. It had vibrant plant life and a wooden bridge that walked me over a babbling little stream. The "vibe" was very relaxing and refreshing in this area.

Art and Core Values - aka a feministic rant

Prism, a photograph by Marilyn Minter, spoke to me on a higher level. The paragraphs accompanying the photo explained it so perfectly that I am going to use direct quotes from it for this caption. So Minter has this concept of "the pathology of glamor". It is explained as "the painstaking everyday un- and re- doing of women's physical appearance and their strive for perfection". When I saw this photograph and understood its message, all I could think about was how it is so relatable and accurate in my daily life. For some reason I want to adhere to this constructed standard... even when it is a burden or stressful to do so. I always feel more confident about myself when I am more made up and it makes me begin to reject my natural self. I always have to anchor myself back to who I am naturally, and this photograph explains that struggle.
Art and the Good Life

Right now, it is Thursday, March 2nd, at 12:51 am. I will be running around in nature at the Okeechobee Music Festival in T-9 hours. While I was in the museum, this spring break fun was all I could think about; that is why I used this photograph, Sheep Wranglers, by Justine Kurland for my good life slide. I grew up in a very agriculturally oriented town, and spent many of my days running around in pastures similar to this. The main difference is that I hung out with cows, not sheep. So in a way this painting brought forth in my mind a happy place from my childhood and the anticipation of a happy place in the near future. Sheep Wranglers, for me, is a two-for-one deal of a good life.

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