In my tour of the Harn Museum, I encountered different exhibits full of work that was purchased, donated, and sometimes even gifted to our school. All of the exhibits were noticeably diverse in their origin and the ones that were made by immigrants were labeled as such. The labels made me realize how far an immigrant can come in America, despite the recent issues and travel bans. The culturally diverse exhibits were all very entertaining and I found my favorite to be the ones that reminded me of more modern artwork along with the displays that had Faust themed artwork since it is one of my favorite literary works!
The artwork that had the most striking medium for me was the colorful African clothing used at festivities that looked so much more textured and vibrant in person than I imagine it would in a picture. This was part of the Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades exhibit and it caught my attention most because of the bland corner it was standing in with all of its color and energy. I realize that these dresses and costumes are for a completely different purpose than their aesthetic quality alone. Masquerades are to transform people into what they believe to be are spirits, which goes along with the beliefs of the African people. They are used in many life events, including celebrations. This was the piece that I wanted to reach out and touch the most, as it looked as though it were made up of so many different things--objects that I imagine the people there would have access to.
The exhibit wing whose design I enjoyed most was the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, due to the way it was organized and the shelves that carry the artwork being so high that one feels overwhelmed with all of the pieces presented to them. The lighting showed the pieces that were propped up carefully in shelves as though they were simple China plates but within them there was such history contained that not even the boxes carried descriptions. There were little booklets on the side with descriptions of the pieces that were each old and mesmerizing. My favorite among this wing's exhibits displayed on the shelves were the bowl that was from Iran in the Seljuk period. Consisting of glazed earthenware, this bowl from the Seljuk period reminded me of crafts from my heritage, which is right in the Middle East/Asia area as well. I enjoyed the amount of detail in the bowl and overall, the spacing was so great of this wing that it really reminded me of an Asian household. Everything was much more spaced out compared to the other wings.