This work was selected by Makaila Mahan (class of 2021), who explains: “I took a darkroom course at my old college where we studied a lot of Weegee’s work and his photographic process. I am now studying studio art with a concentration in printmaking and photography, so this medium and process is exactly what I would like to pursue. This is an abstract and puzzling take on a self-portrait: Weegee stitches together two images to make his face extend. He is depicted comically with three eyes, staring at the bottom of a woman’s shoe, with a cigar in his mouth. Self-Portrait questions the boundaries of what art is. Does the photograph prompt you to stop and investigate or do you simply pass over it with little to no curiosity?"
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.