The Guerrilla Girls exhibit highlighted the inequality in the art world between men and women as well as white artists and artists of color. The top piece was titled "You're seeing less than half the picture" and the bottom piece was "When racism and sexism are no longer fashionable, what will your art collection be worth?" While the titles are a bit long and kind of obvious, the purposes behind these pieces and the exhibit are very important to me. I would classify myself as a feminist, an advocate for women's rights on the basis that females should be socially and economically equal to males. These two pieces are slivers to what the whole exhibit signified to me. The objectification of women in art through time was brought to the forefront and how there is more women being displayed in the art at more renowned museums rather than the works of actual female artists and the lack of representation of work from a wider diversity of people are what both of these pieces bring attention to. It provokes a little outrage from me at the lack of inclusion and diversity even in the art world. Art is something that connects us to our humanity and globalizes people, but that cannot happen when a large majority of humanity is not represented by the successful artists (i.e. less than half the picture). I am brought back to my beliefs, which is why I constantly revisited this specific exhibit when I was at the Harn. I was aware of inequality in the economical perspective and what I have read about and observed in my everyday life, but now I am more knowledgeable that this inequality affects many more aspects of society that I did not think it would, like the art world.
Art and the Good Life
These two pieces are both included in the "Portfolio Plenas," and I decided to include them both because they are very similar. These visual music sheets relate to "Celebrating the Good Life" because of our focus on Beethoven's music and what his symphony created and symbolized. The top piece is called "Tintorera del mar" by Lorenzo Homar, and he collaborated with Rafael Tufino, who created the bottom piece, "Santa Maria." Both of these pieces utilize folk songs from their origins in Puerto Rick. Music is a major contributor to celebrating the good life, and folk music celebrates tradition and culture. Whether the actual songs are joyous or melancholy, they connect millions of people through history who can relate to that birthplace; celebrating centuries of history and culture of people. That is what Beethoven's music did. It connected people through the centuries and was used to celebrate momentous occasions and people's culture all over the world, not just in Europe. These pieces facilitate my understanding of what it is to celebrate the good life, to celebrate culture and tradition in a progressive and ever-changing era. I know hearing folk songs from the Philippines brings me back and makes me proud of where I come from, so I celebrate it.