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The Vault: Juana Alicia

Oct. 3–29, 2017

The Vault

Juana Alicia, <i>Auto Vision</i>, from the portfolio <i>10 x 10: Ten Women/Ten Prints</i>, 1995. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Purchase, funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

Juana Alicia, Auto Vision, from the portfolio 10 x 10: Ten Women/Ten Prints, 1995. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Purchase, funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

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

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.