By Lee LaPlaca, Harn Development Communications Intern

The Harn introduces a new perspective for the museum in Windows and Mirrors: Staff Selections from the Photography Collection. Thirty-four Harn staff members helped curate this exhibition, highlighting the special connection they have to their chosen artwork.

You can typically find Brian Esser greeting visitors and staff at the front security desk. The Harn’s senior security guard shares the personal meaning behind his selection for Windows and Mirrors. Brian chose the photograph Child teasing another, N.Y.C. by Diane Arbus. Arbus is known for her photos that embrace odd subjects in an unconventional way. Her artistic approach provides an inspiration to Brian’s creative outlook and supports his individual perception of art.

above: Diane Arbus, Child teasing another, N.Y.C., 1960, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Melvin and Lorna Rubin Endowment

above left: photo by Scott Smallin; above right: photo by Kyle Walker

Brian’s synth-pop style developed over time as he learned about music through writing, recording and mixing songs. He created an ongoing solo project using his futuristic persona, Cabo Boing, releasing two albums with a distinct electronic and ska sound. Brian continues to conceal his identity with elaborate costumes that blend colorful visuals and sci-fi influences. The Harn’s exhibitions and events have also inspired Brian’s music. He explains, “I love being at a museum surrounded by amazing art all day. It’s such a positive influence for me as a musician. Most days I go home after work, and I can’t wait to make music.”

Brian Esser has been a musician for over 20 years and still performs on tour. Many Harn staff members are also artists, and the museum gives everyone the opportunity to express their creativity. Brian is an essential part of the Harn, and his contributions play an important role in maintaining a safe and friendly environment.

Visit Brian’s selection and more photos chosen by staff for Windows and Mirrors: Staff Selections from the Photography Collection, on view through November 3 at the Harn.