- The Water Garden was particularly appealing to me due to the fact that it included nature with the art of the man-made waterfall and the plants surrounding the pond. I am typically an outside person and was searching for a portion of the museum like this with the purpose of using it as my "Design of the Museum" topic.
- The natural lighting, use of space, and arrangement of the "art" created a very peaceful and serene atmosphere in which to relax and take a break from the sightseeing of the art inside the HARN. I appreciated the placement of the bridge and of the waterfall in the background. The fact that it was a sunny and breezy day made the lighting just right for a photo.
- This "exhibit" made me feel very calm and relaxed as I made my way throughout the rest of the museum. Going alone to the HARN and being able to witness all of the art and the garden in peace was a magnificent way to spend the day. The garden delighted me and helped to focus on the task at hand.
Art and Core Values
Navab, Aphrodite D. I Am Not a Persian Carpet #2. 2001. Gelatin silver print. HARN, Gainesville, Florida.
- This artwork appeals to my core values as a woman who is growing up in a world that treats my gender as an object. This artwork appeals to my anger, hate and sorrow about the way women are viewed all over the world.
- The visual representation of a pattern similar to a Persian Carpet stamped to the artist's midriff is extremely powerful. Navab is highlighting the fact that her body is not a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder. Also, after being born in Iran, this art is very shocking to the religious views of women in the East. This piece commands and challenges the visibility of women in public since they are normally covered up by burqas.
- Navab's work makes me appreciate the culture and the society that I live in where women are free to dress and behave however they choose. However, it also makes me aware of the difference in cultures regarding women all over the world.
- This work instills a sadness that women are still treated as lesser beings when we have come so far. It also creates a passionate anger that women should be treated like objects in the first place.
- Navab's piece helps me understand that despite the wage gap and the sexualization and standards of women in the media, I am still lucky to live in America where I have the freedom to decide my own actions and course in life. I cherish these freedoms deeply.
Art and the Good Life
Guerrilla Girls. Do Women Have to Be Naked to Get Into the Met Museum? Update. 2012. Print. HARN, Gainesville, Florida.
Guerrilla Girls. Women in America earn only 2/3 of what men do. 1985. Print. HARN, Gainesville, Florida.
- The multiple print pieces made by the Guerrilla Girls convey the theme of injustice in the Good Life since they represent the over-sexualization of women in art and also the under-representation of female artists. Finally, the print represents the wage gap between women and men of all occupations and then specifically between artists.
- The Good Life theme depicted in the art is the inequality of the female gender based on the representation of women in the artistic sphere and also the wage gap between men and women.
- These print pieces communicate the theme of inequality bluntly and broadly. "Do Women Have to Be Naked to Get Into the Met Museum?" was stretched before the entrance of the exhibit and was extremely large. Fortunately, there was also a smaller version that I could take a picture with. The certainty that it strongly represents the facts in an "in-your-face" manner adds to the understanding that many people look over the inequalities that women still suffer. I appreciate the abrasive manner represented by the pieces and the feminism and passion that they invoke.