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The Vault: Karl Knaths

Apr. 29 – June 4, 2017

The Vault

Karl Knaths, <i>Still Life</i>, ca. 1950. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Gift of the artist.

Karl Knaths, Still Life, ca. 1950. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Gift of the artist.

This work was selected by Allie Vickery (class of 2017), who explains her choice: “This work is from the Modernist era, with direct references to Cubism. Painting is my favorite form of art, and Modern art is my favorite era from art history. On a more personal note, the still life reminds me of a Matisse painting titled The Window at the Detroit Institute of Arts, which was the first Matisse painting I saw in person. That experience several summers ago inspired me to pursue a career in museum work, specifically art museums. I also love that Knaths was an American artist! Being that the MSU Broad is a contemporary art museum with a global focus, we often highlight artists from other regions of the world. It feels ‘homey’ and familiar that he was born in Wisconsin and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, which I think visitors will appreciate.”

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.