This work was selected by Ann Durbin (class of 2019), who explains: “I was drawn to this piece for the underlying activist intentions that swirl beneath the surface of this evocative print. The piece is both a silent protest and tribute to women. Juana Alicia has dedicated her life to using her art as a form of activism, taking a stance for social justice—one artistic gesture at a time.
I was not familiar with Juana Alicia’s work before stumbling upon this piece in the collection. The striking colors seem to have a voice of their own. They speak to the struggles of women today, who find themselves assuming the form of a crumbling base relied upon to support a weight far greater than one can manage. Although we have made significant progress as a society towards equal rights, this piece speaks to how double standards between men and women continually resurface, and the unrealistic expectations placed on women in terms of their behavior, responsibility, and appearance.”
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.