The Vault: Ivan Albright

Jan. 2 – Feb. 4, 2018

The Vault

Ivan Albright, <i>Show Case Doll</i>​, 1954. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Purchase.

Ivan Albright, Show Case Doll​, 1954. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Purchase.

This work was selected by Shelby Merlino (class of 2019), who explains: “I chose this work for the artist’s attention to detail and imagined perspective. I appreciate the distinctive way Albright manipulates the world around him to create captivating compositions, often considered perturbing. As someone who appreciates creative processes, I enjoy imagining how artists made their marks. I especially admire how each time I revisit this work I am able to discover a new thought-provoking detail or characteristic. I feel it is important to put this piece on display as I desire to recreate this experience for the community and believe its intricacies can only be truly appreciated when viewed in person.”

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.