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The Vault: Frank Paulin

Dec. 5–31, 2017

The Vault

Frank Paulin, <i>Multiple exposure New York Skyline</i>, 1956. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Gift of Bruce and Silke Silverstein.

Frank Paulin, Multiple exposure New York Skyline, 1956. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Gift of Bruce and Silke Silverstein.

This work was selected by Karely Byrd (class of 2018), who explains: “I learned about Frank Paulin while doing research for the Museum Studies Curatorial Practices course this past spring and quickly fell in love with his photographs. I’ve always loved photography and the way that Paulin was able to capture everyday life. In particular, I found this piece interesting because it’s a multiple exposure. At the time the photograph was made, it was not nearly as easy to take these types of images as it is today. I really want to show people just how awesome it is that a photograph from the 1950s was created using such beautiful multiple exposures, while also capturing different aspects of New York.”

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.