My Harn Experience By: Brooke Saban

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

Zandvoort by Frank Stella: mixed media on etched magnesium: 1981

Considering that this work is three dimensional, my seeing it in person was more beneficial than seeing it in a picture on a computer. This piece of art is a depiction of what it is like to host the Grand Prix: hectic. In order to fully grasp the chaos that is this art and hosting the Grand Prix, it is important to see it in person because it jumps out at you. Each piece of the sculpture has a certain level away from the wall, and each piece builds upon the other, which is something you could not notice in a picture. I found the medium of this piece to be striking because it demands your attention, and it does this by being three dimensional. It forces you to notice it because it is literally in your face. Seeing it in person and fully grasping what the sculpture looks like communicated to me how chaotic it is to host a Grand Prix event. How officials and citizens of the host country to have constantly run around all over the place to prepare for this huge event. The artwork made me feel overwhelmed as if I were the one hosting the Grand Prix. It gave me perspective into what it is like to hold a large event.

Design of the Museum

Wit and Wonder of the Kogo Incense Boxes: The Sandra G. Saltzman Collection

I found the incense boxes in the museum particularly appealing just because of how old they are. Some of those boxes have been around for hundreds of years, and I find it amazing how they are still intact. This exhibit is found in the Asian Art wing of the museum because it is from Asia. Some of the museum was split up into different geographies. For instance, there is an Asian Art wing, a Latin American Art wing, and an African Art wing to compartmentalize the work that is from that region, and even though they are separated, there still is a sense of seamless flow from each exhibit to the next. I feel that the sheer separation of the art either based on person, region, or gender was adequate in grouping the art based on appropriate classification, but it was important to me that the separation was not blatant. While each exhibit represents something different, they all meshed into one another, so you walk through exhibits not knowing you're in a new one until you look at the art.

Art and Core Values

The advantages of being a woman artist: Print: 1988

This piece of art appealed to one of my core values because it demonstrates the unequal treatment women face in society as compared to men. The list of "advantages" in the picture actually show the disadvantages, but it is written that way to show that women are supposed to be happy with what they have, and that women should be put and stay in their place, which is an ideal this country has had for hundreds of years. The "advantages" really speak to me because you can feel the oppression of these women artists and all women, and you can feel how belittled and undermined we feel. This piece of art instills two emotions in me: sadness and pride. I feel sadness because I know exactly what that feels like, to not be respected as much because of my gender, and it saddens me to think that my country that I'm supposed to feel safe and respected in does not recognize me as equal to men because of the gender I can not control. On the other hand, I feel proud to be a part of the Women's Rights Movement and the Feminist Movement because I know I will be a part of the change, and I know that my daughter will not have to face the same injustice I have. This helps me better understand my core value of women's rights because I know that I am not alone in my feelings. I know that there are hundreds of millions of women in the world who feel the exact same way I do.

Art and the Good Life

The Woodcutter by Robert Gwathmey: Oil on Canvas: 1945

This work recognizes injustices faced by black people. This painting is from 1945, which was a primetime for racism. The workers depicted in this picture are wearing patchy clothes while doing a tedious job that they are probably getting little to no pay for. Their clothes are dirty and based on the orange sky in the background, it is either sunrise or sunset, which indicates that they have been working for an inordinate amount of time. This piece of art showed me the struggles black people face and continue face. While the conditions today are not as extreme as this painting, it is still unjust. It showed me that they are still fighting for the Good Life and slowly but surely, things are changing and looking up for them. However, there is still a lot of progress and change to be made because unfortunately, some people see them as inferior to white people. This helps me better understand what it is like for black people because I cannot fully grasp what they go through because I have never experienced what they have. It makes me feel hopeless and hopeful. Hopeless in the sense that it has taken black people this long to just get the same rights as white people, but they still do not have the same respect. However, it makes me hopeful because change has been made and it is just going to happen sooner and faster.

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