Good Life Tour of the Harn Soha Samla

Art and the Good Life

Honestly speaking, this photograph does not do justice to this piece of art. I personally have not done too much research or work with art so my history and knowledge is very limited. I can, however, appreciate the effort and precision of the artist. After being curious about what gelatin silver print really is, I looked into it and I became even more fascinated by it than before. They take ingredients we each such as gelatin and salt to transform it into a black and white masterpiece. Another aspect of the photograph that struck me was the fact that all the people looked like ants. There are massive amounts people slaving away in gold mines and there is a deeper story to this photo than just the quantity of people and medium. It tells a tale of humanity and despite progression in first world countries, places like Brazil are still far behind and being used for that.

Design of the Museum

I liked this part of the museum because the design was very different from the other exhibits. All the others had much shorter walls and ceilings whereas this one had very high ceilings and wooden floors and walls. Rather than the art all being hung on the walls, it was displayed in cases and on pillars, granted they were vases and plates. The presentation of the art made it very easy to interact with the pieces and see them from an all around perspective. There is not an angle of the art that goes disregarded as you may be able to see with the pieces displayed on the pillar shelf. The lighting was classic which had spotlights on the darker areas on the art pieces. It was a very simple design that was modern and it countered the antiques on display. It was also very spaced out. The viewers are free to move around as they please and through the doors of the wide space. It is unique in this sense as well because exhibits such as the Frida Kahlo one, the walls were acting as a guide throughout to assist you in the story that was being told by each piece.

Art and Core Values

This was my absolute favorite exhibit in the entire museum. Even though this art was created in the 1980's, it is unfortunate that these pieces are still somewhat applicable to today's life, almost 30 years later. It was one of the most outspoken pieces out there and was not hiding their opinions and stance on the social climate. This was such a bold move as the feminist community attempted to move forward past the sexist and racist era. We need to preserve pieces of history like this to document how far our society has come. I am a closeted feminist until something unjust comes up. I am not the type of person to push feminist values onto someone that does not do any harm, but once the topic of "feminazis" or that equality is an absurd concept, I must provide my opinions to ensure I made a complete effort to clarify these misconceptions and barbaric ideas. The Guerilla Girls are working hard to make sure underrepresented females are appreciated and heard. It makes me feel motivated and determined because if their work has allowed feminism to come this far, I can only imagine what a growing membership and support can turn this movement into.

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

This is the Paula and Marshall Criser Garden. It was designed by Aaron Lee Wiener and is an external exhibit. There are windows that look out to the creation and it incorporates aspects of real life to help bring out the concept. Instead of just having the sculpture on a pedestal, the creator used the plants and environment around to shape the design and help with the flow of the viewer. This was by far the most unique piece I had seen. The artist wanted to make the sculpture part of a real life situation and it was visually pleasing. It felt as if there was a story being told and instead of being two dimensional, there was more to appreciate. I was more amused by this than I should have been because it was just that unique. I wanted to step outside and walk around with it. Pictures do not do a good job at depicting how large this display actually was.


Created with images by Saffron Waller Photography - "Museum"

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