Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist: One piece of art that I saw in the Harn Museum was this sculpture of a hen. The sculpture is actually called “Hen” by William Zorach, and is made of granite. Seeing it in person helped me understand it and look further into why there is a sculpture of a hen made out of rock. It made me realize the reason the hen is made out of hard rock is because of how strong a hen is and how willing it is to protect its baby chicks. Seeing it in person allowed me to see the details of the piece and look at all the sleekness and details. Like I said, the medium of the work being granite made it very interesting. I’ve never seen such a smooth-looking sculpture before and I just thought it was very neat. This piece of art almost looks like a blob, but once you get close it’s easy to tell that it’s a hen. It communicates to me that everything isn’t as it seems; hens aren’t typically known as strong creatures, but they are in terms of protecting their young when you really think about it. The artwork made me feel like the hen was sitting on its eggs and protecting its young. It made me feel cautious and alert.
Design of the Museum: Although not obvious, the arrangement of the Elusive Spirits exhibit was great! There were little showcases throughout and the big showcases were centered. Along with these showcases, there was also a little movie clip as you walk through and it’s in a great location. Along with the location and placement of the showcases of the masks, the open space allowed each piece/mask to feel like it was very important. Each piece had a lot of space in between it to signify its importance. Each mask also was in its own individual area, which also made each piece so special. The exhibit made me feel like I was experiencing some of the African rituals, especially when watching the video clip. Overall, this was a spectacular exhibit and I loved the layout.