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The Vault: Ralf Christian Henricksen

Sept. 5 – Oct. 1, 2017

The Vault

Ralf Christian Henricksen, <i>Kabuki</i>, 1969. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, MSU purchase.

Ralf Christian Henricksen, Kabuki, 1969. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, MSU purchase.

This work was selected by Haley Clayton (class of 2017), who explains: “Henricksen was my great grandfather through marriage, so I have been exposed to a lot of his work throughout my life. When I found out that I would be able to pick a piece from the collection to display, I knew right away that I wanted to honor him with my decision.

Henricksen used a lot of bold colors in this particular work which is what caught my eye. I loved seeing the complimentary colors working together throughout. It is important to show this piece because it has multiple styles of painting within it. Also, the display of this work brings attention to a part of MSU history, highlighting the artwork of a past professor who helped many others with their own careers in art.”

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.