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Curricular Connections: Art to Truth

Dec. 14, 2019 – May 3, 2020

Vitrine Gallery

Winslow Homer, <i>Gathering Berries, from "Harper's Weekly"</i>, 1874. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, purchase.

Winslow Homer, Gathering Berries, from "Harper's Weekly", 1874. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, purchase.

Truth is slippery. When documenting a moment in time, the storyteller chooses how to represent their understanding of the truth. In doing so, they frame their experience through their own chosen lens. But practicing close looking, listening, and reading can enable us to persistently question “truth” and hold ourselves more accountable as producers and consumers of information. These artworks were chosen from the MSU Broad collection for the perspectives they depict, which are variously related to labor, gender representation, and community. Visitors are invited to closely scrutinize the artists’ various historical perspectives from the vantage of our current moment.

Curricular Connections is a new series of installations that engages with university courses and local educational partners. Art to Truth, the first show in the series, was conceived in collaboration with two Integrative Studies courses at MSU: “Evaluating Evidence and Integrative Studies” and “Human Values in Arts and Humanities.” Integrative Studies is a general education requirement at MSU that promotes critical thinking around the subjects of arts and humanities, biology and physical sciences, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences.

Curricular Connections: Art to Truth is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, and is a collaboration between Gallery Educator Matt Boyd and MSU Integrative Studies faculty Nicola Imbracsio and Brandy Ellison. Support is provided by the Alan and Rebecca Ross endowed exhibition fund.