The Harn Museum of Art By: Taliah Rodriguez

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

Posing in front of the sculpture "Vessel"
"Vessel" by Kitamura Junko

A sculpture that I thought would not look the same in a picture as it did in person was titled "Vessel". This artwork was made in 2012 by Kitamura Junko. What struck me about this piece was that it's made of stone. With all of the intricacies of this piece, one would never assume that it was made from stone. It appears to be so delicate and ethereal, but learning what it was made from changed my perspective. I thought about how difficult it must've been for the artist to shape this sculpture. I also thought about the difficulties of trying to create a beautiful picture on such a rigid surface. This made me really appreciate the artist and the effort she put in to create such a stunning sculpture.

Design of the Museum

Posing with "Pli Selon Pli" and "A Heave to Unfold"
"Pli Selon Pli" by Akiyama Yo
"A Heave to Unfold" by Nakaigawa Yuki
The design of the room

This room took my breath away the moment that I walked into it. The way that the light shines in to emphasize the two sculptures helps to paint a mesmerizing scene. I loved how the sculptures are enormous and would typically be expected to take up room, yet the room appears bare. The bareness of the room forces one's eyes to focus on the odd yet intriguing shapes of the sculptures. I also love how a picturesque garden scene can be viewed through the window. All of the different aspects of the room work together to create a really stunning picture.

Art and Core Values

Posing with "Casita al mar"
"Casita al mar" by Emilio Sanchez

I was initially drawn to this picture because I noticed that the artist was born in Cuba, and I am Cuban myself. However, when I stepped back and really looked at it, the picture gave me a sense of hope. The view through the house and out into the opening made me feel hopeful for the future. I'm not sure if this is what the artist intended, but it made me think about the many opportunities that await me in the future. It made me realize that all I need to do to reach my potential is simply walk through the door. The core value it helped me to realize is self-growth. I want to continue moving forward and growing to reach that beautiful scene at the end. This picture left me with a feeling of wonder and optimism towards the future.

Art and The Good Life

Posing with some of the pieces from the Guerilla Girls Collection
"Do Women Have to be Naked to Get Into the Met Museum? Update" by the Guerilla Girls
Posing with "The advantages of being a woman artist"
"What's new and happening at the Guggenheim for the discriminating art lover?" by the Guerilla Girls

The Good Life theme that this collection of art emphasizes is social justice. This collection helps to bring out my desire for equality and desire to end social injustices. I describe myself as a feminist, and I firmly believe that women should be given the same opportunities as men. When I saw some of the statistics revealed in the artwork, I was appalled. Knowing that women make up less than 4% of artists in the Modern Art sections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art made me feel angry and upset at the social injustices women face today. However, it also inspired me to promote change. I believe that one day we can reach equality between the sexes, and I will never stop fighting for that. I will continue pursuing my dreams even if I have a lower chance of succeeding as a woman. I loved this collection because it brings attention to many facts about gender inequality. People should continue to educate themselves of injustices going on in the world so that we can all work together to change them.

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