The Vault: Andrew Kuo

July 31 – Sept. 2, 2018

The Vault

Andrew Kuo, The More You Know About Me, The More You’ll Think Twice Before Calling/I’d Be More Tolerable If I Smoked Weed Because…, 2011. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, funded by the Kathleen D. and Milton E. Muelder Endowment.

This work was selected by Bri Boucher (class of 2018), who explains: “The interesting use of colors stacked on top of one another drew me to the work, but it was the relatable and witty meanings attributed to the colors that kept me intrigued. The key at the bottom allows the viewer to look at all of the thoughts that make up the artist’s mind at one point in time. It feels as if someone opened the door to contemporary art and made a map out of it. After reading about Andrew Kuo, it became clear that he enjoys the statistical and quantifiable parts of life. We live in a time where social media allows us to keep track of our thoughts and feelings and also display them to the world. Kuo doesn’t hide the mistakes or sketch lines in his work. To me, this reflects the immediate and impulsive broadcasting that comes along with the internet and social media.”

The Vault

The Vault, which also houses some of the works from our permanent collection, is dedicated to featuring and displaying works chosen by MSU students who work at the museum. Each month, one of our student gallery guides selects a piece from our collection and writes a short text explaining why they chose it and believe it should be displayed. By providing our gallery guides with an opportunity to participate in the curatorial process of selection and display, we aim to open a dialogue with the student community while simultaneously sharing with the public works from the collection that would otherwise remain in storage.