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Gladys Nilsson

Mar. 3 – Apr. 5, 2020

The Vault

Gladys Nilsson, <i>Red Tables–Blue Room</i>, 2001. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, purchase, funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, 2002.41.

Gladys Nilsson, Red Tables–Blue Room, 2001. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, purchase, funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, 2002.41.

This work was selected by Amanda Cullin (class of 2022), who explains: “I chose this work because I love the chaos it portrays. I study Environmental Science here at MSU, so this work doesn’t necessarily relate to my major. However, I tend to be interested in artwork that makes me smile and has a unique disposition like this piece by Gladys Nilsson. Nilsson was one of the original members of the Hairy Who group that originated in Chicago. Inspired by the comics, advertisements, and posters found on Chicago’s streets, the group created works that displayed a sense of humor mixed with fantasy. I find the way the artist displays the woman in this piece to be the most provocative. I love the disproportionate curves of her body and how she takes up the entire room. Nilsson evokes a joyful emotion that allows the mind to explore the whimsicalness of this piece.” 

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.