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The Vault: Charles and Ray Eames

Mar. 6 – Apr. 1, 2018

The Vault

Charles and Ray Eames (Designers), Eames Molded Lounge Chair, 1960s. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, gift of the Estate of Ila H. Church.

Charles and Ray Eames (Designers), Eames Molded Lounge Chair, 1960s. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, gift of the Estate of Ila H. Church.

This work was selected by Alyssa Puryear (class of 2018), who explains: “I chose this piece because designers Charles and Ray Eames took a new attitude toward modern design that is still hugely popular in our interiors today—from aspiring knock-offs to true Eames products that are manufactured by Herman Miller. Throughout my education here at Michigan State University, I have had the opportunity to learn of the works and practices of many of the greats that influenced design as we know it today, like Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and even the MSU Broad’s own Zaha Hadid. The role of an interior designer is not to decorate, but instead apply principles, codes, research, data, and analysis to arrive at a final solution that is physically and psychologically appropriate to maximize spatial opportunities.”

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.