Hirshhorn Museum

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During my visit to the Hirshhorn Museum, there were various types of people. Mainly consisting of families, students, and older people, the people appeared to be enjoying themselves. The families and elderly slowly walked around the exhibits, while the students seemed to be taking notes and observing the art. Most of the people who I could overhear at the museum were whispering to each other what they thought of the works. Some would try to explain what was going on in the art, while others would simply say whether they liked it or not. As for people’s professions, apart from the students, I can only predict that they are at least middle-class and have a well paying job.

Berger’s reading ties into the work at the Hirshhorn because the museum is very open about artwork. The Hirshhorn is a public place where people go to view art and become appreciative for other people’s work and creativity. Berger’s reading ties into this because of his explanation of mystification. He said that mystification is a way to hide things that people do not know about. I think the Hirshhorn is a way to show that mystification, through art, to all types of people. Even if people do not go to museums, there are many other places to go to find art.

I liked the Directions exhibit. With our current lifestyles, overusing and polluting the earth is something everyone should be worried about. Although I’m not the greatest person on being “green”, I understand we should take care of the planet for the future. I thought Gerrard’s work was clear in its message about human’s living and the way they affect the earth. His work did remind me of a video game. The perspective and presentation of each scene, helped put the viewers right in the middle of the scene.

The film Next Floor was interesting to watch, as well as see the reactions of the other viewers. Overall, I thought the film was a bit over the top and showed how animalistic people can actually be, even in modern days. But since this was art, it is expected that Greenberg wanted to evoke these types of emotions from viewers. After reading the description, my thoughts on the film changed. I didn’t expect that Greenberg was trying to show how people’s lives are so greatly impacted by food.

http://hirshhorn.si.edu/

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