Harn Museum of Art Margo Schwartz

Medium of the Art: I found this piece most striking by its unique style in the Abstract area of the museum. This piece is called "Zandvoort" and was created by Frank Stella. This is made of etched magnesium. This piece represents a city in the Netherlands that has hosted the Grand Prix is a part of a series of work named "Circuits" that represents cities that have hosted the Grand Prix. I was attracted to the vibrant colors and abstract shapes in this piece as it was truly unlike anything else in the museum.

Design of the Museum: The museum is separated into wings for different regions of the world. The part that was particularly appealing to me was this garden in the Asian art wing. The design of the garden definitely goes along with the Asian art nearby. There were various different gardens but this was the one that was most appealing to me. I like that there are gardens to allow museum-goers to step outside and think. It allows the visitors to connect with nature even when going to an indoor setting such as an art museum. I also liked how this garden had a guide of all of the flowers and plants so I was able to identify what I was seeing.

Art and Core Values: I loved how the first part of the museum that I saw was dedicated to works created by women. I am definitely someone who identifies as a feminist and was particularly attracted to the section on the Guerrilla Girls. This was a group of seven anonymous female artists who tackled the issue of sexism in the art and entertainment industries while wearing gorilla masks. I loved all of their pieces as they were very true but I found this banner particularly appealing. It represents the lack of female representation in art museums other than being portrayed nude. This exhibit sheds light on an issue that I was not aware of so I found it very interesting. I also loved their piece of a dollar split down a line to represent the wage gap between men and women as this is prevalent in all fields of work. As someone who hopes to work in politics or law, this was an inspiring exhibit because gender equality is very important to me and something I strive to work towards achieving.

Art and the Good Life: This piece is called "First Communion in Juaziero do Norte, Brazil" and was created by Sebastiao Salgado. This is a photograph of three young girls that the artist came across on a photography expedition. The children he came across like these girls had been through very tough times at their young ages, some had been abandoned, separated from their parents as a result of civil war, some lived in refugee camps, and others lived in detention centers for undocumented immigrants. Despite these hardships, they were resilient and celebrated life. In this piece, they are celebrating their first communion. This provokes us to think about our actions in relation to the young children affected by them. It challenges us to recognize that we cannot achieve the good life until we correct injustices. It also challenges us to be grateful for our privileged lives as these children have been through extreme hardships but still continue to celebrate life.

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