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Iwami Reika

Sept. 3–29, 2019

The Vault

Iwami Reika, <i>Ode to the Sea (D)</i>, 1983. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, gift of Marilyn and Jack Worth, MSU Class of 1948.

Iwami Reika, Ode to the Sea (D), 1983. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, gift of Marilyn and Jack Worth, MSU Class of 1948.

This work was selected by Aml Almamri (class of 2021), who explains: “This piece really stood out to me when I saw it. Iwami Reika is the first female Japanese printmaker to achieve equal recognition in the post World War II printmaking world and co-founded the all-women printmaking group Joryu Hanga Kyokai. The artist creates mostly black and white pieces with textured wood and gold foil. When I saw the print in person, I was shocked by its size and the detailed texture. This increased my appreciation for the piece because I really value being able to experience something in person. I also love Iwami’s minimalistic style and how she captures nature, such as the waves and flowers in this print.”

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.