Good life tour of the harn museum of art By Alexandra Morrison

MEDIUM OF THE ART/TECHNIQUE OF THE ARTIST: This was one of the first pieces I saw upon my entrance into the museum, and it immediately captured my attention. The American artist, Audrey Flack, used polychrome and gilded plaster to create incredibly intricate textures on her goddess sculpture titled Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters. I walked 360° around the goddess to take in this striking artwork. I don't believe these photographs do the art justice — you need to see this piece in person to fully appreciate the effort and emotion that was put into it. Flack's minute details are important to her overall presentation of the goddess. I also found this piece interesting because its powerful and celebratory characteristics tie into our discussion this week.
DESIGN OF THE MUSEUM: I found the design of this display particularly interesting because it was entirely unlike any other display in the museum. This was a room with three walls, a TV projector, and a small place for the viewer to sit. On screen is Martha Rosler naming kitchen utensils from A through Z, while becoming increasingly filled with rage. Rosler's video emerged during a wave of feminist art, and this piece of art represents the frustration that women felt during this time of oppression. The design of this display made it easy to temporarily disconnect yourself from the world around you and solely focus on Rosler's message.
ART AND CORE VALUES: I connect with the young girl in this photograph because she reminds me of myself. When I look at Rineke Dijkstra's Chromogenic color print titled Tiergarten, Berlin, July 1, I am immediately overwhelmed with a sense of independence. Growing up with divorced parents taught me to be independent and mature from a very young age. The young girl is standing alone and upright with a serious expression on her face. Many of Dijkstra's photographs deal with issues of individual and group identity. It seems as though this lonely child is struggling to find her identity, and needs to be independent and create herself, by herself, which is what I often found myself doing throughout my adolescence.
ART AND THE GOOD LIFE: This feminist print by the Guerrilla Girls has the intention of provoking societal changes. The gorilla mask is used to keep the audiences attention on the subject matter, rather than on the individual woman herself. The good life theme being conveyed is the typical argument regarding double standards and the bold text and selected red words place importance on the subject. These numbers are meant to shock us, and are ultimately meant to evoke change within each person in hopes of making the genders equal.

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