Tour of the Harn Ashlyn Witzke

Medium of the Art: I really liked this piece, a woman's wedding ensemble. I love learning about different cultures and thought it was interesting to see what the women in Siwa, Egypt would wear on their wedding day. I don't feel like my experience would have been the same if I just saw a picture of the dress because I got to see thing like the size, texture, and colors standing a few feet away from it rather than looking at it on a computer screen. If I just saw it online or in a book, I would have noticed some special detailing near the ankles, for example. I also wouldn't have been able to scale the size of the dress without being there.
Design of the Museum: This wing of the museum was my favorite out of the others. While the other exhibits were in bland rooms, this one had a bucnh of indoor lighting and a beautiful zen-like garden that could be seen from almost anywhere in the room. There were a lot of vases and sculptures in the room, and the natural lighting allowed the colors to shine and appear brighter than they would in a room without light. You even could walk outside around the garden, which I thought was a really nice touch for an area that was so beautiful.
Art and Core Values: Something I consider to be one of my core values is gender equality. This little hallway that featured the artwork featuring the "Guerrilla Girls" really evoked my thoughts and feelings on the subject, especially with a lot of what's going on in the United States currently. I liked the art work in the hall because it was very satirical while still making very valid points. It was subtly political and I could personally appreciate the topics that they were touching on.
Art and the Good Life: Of all the work I saw in the Harn, this one is what seemed to represent the good life best. In the description of the photo, Juan Guzman describes how a woman names Frida spent a lot of time in the hospital in the 1950s but she didn't let that stop her from carrying out her passion as an artist. I think this is a good example of the good life because Frida shows how even something as awful as a spinal injury does not have to keep you from doing what you love. I looked at this symbolically and interpreted that as something to live by; you can't let the bad things in life get in the way of the good things you love.

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