The​ ​Vault:​
Frank​ ​Paulin

Dec. 16 –
Dec. 31,
2017

Frank​ ​Paulin,​ ​​Multiple​ ​exposure​ ​New​ ​York Skyline​,​ ​1956.​ ​Eli​ ​and​ ​Edythe​ ​Broad​ ​Art Museum,​ ​Michigan​ ​State​ ​University,​ ​Gift​ ​of Bruce​ ​and​ ​Silke​ ​Silverstein.

This​ ​work​ ​was​ ​selected​ ​by​ ​Karely​ ​Byrd​ ​(class​ ​of​ ​2018),​ ​who​ ​explains:​ ​“I​ ​learned​ ​about​ ​Frank Paulin​ ​while​ ​doing​ ​research​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Museum​ ​Studies​ ​Curatorial​ ​Practices​ ​course​ ​this​ ​past​ ​spring and​ ​quickly​ ​fell​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with​ ​his​ ​photographs.​ ​I’ve​ ​always​ ​loved​ ​photography​ ​and​ ​the​ ​way​ ​that Paulin​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to​ ​capture​ ​everyday​ ​life.​ ​In​ ​particular,​ ​I​ ​found​ ​this​ ​piece​ ​interesting​ ​because​ ​it’s a​ ​multiple​ ​exposure.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​time​ ​the​ ​photograph​ ​was​ ​made,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​not​ ​nearly​ ​as​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​take these​ ​types​ ​of​ ​images​ ​as​ ​it​ ​is​ ​today.​ ​I​ ​really​ ​want​ ​to​ ​show​ ​people​ ​just​ ​how​ ​awesome​ ​it​ ​is​ ​that​ ​a photograph​ ​from​ ​the​ ​1950s​ ​was​ ​created​ ​using​ ​such​ ​beautiful​ ​multiple​ ​exposures,​ ​while​ ​also capturing​ ​different​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​New​ ​York.”

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.