This work was selected by Caitie Reza (class of 2019), who explains: “I study Zoology and Environmental Sustainability with a focus in Conservation Biology. I did some research in Interior and Arctic Alaska for a few months this past summer, and my time spent above 66 degrees latitude spurred an undying admiration (borderline obsession) for Arctic landscapes. Disko Bay, where Lynn Davis captured this iceberg in 1988, lies between Disko Island and the western coast of Greenland. The white ice is framed by a stark contrast of light and dark, with stormy skies above and menacing waters beneath. The sculpture-like shape of the ice, angular yet organic, conveys not only the artistic beauty of ice formations, but also their acute fragility. Ice is a natural but impermanent medium, and one that is quickly fleeting with the exacerbation of climate change/polar amplification. Although this work lacks any obvious signs of life, its context in the present urges you to care deeply.”
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.